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War on plastics

Sir, — The Tamil Nadu Government is planning to enact a law banning plastic material in its entirety. Though plastic material causes environmental pollution in certain cases, it is not possible to avoid them entirely. The advantages of plastics in many cases surpass their detrimental effects, if any.

Therefore, one should give a serious thought before enacting any legislation. Also, it is reported that if people own plastic material they will be fined.

It is ridiculous to have such legislation as everyone, from the beggar to the king, has plastic material in one form or another. You cannot throw all the plastic material overnight into the sea. Also, the non-degradability of plastics has been exaggerated to some extent. It is worthwhile banning thin plastic bags as they get scattered all over, causing environmental hazards. To ban plastics entirely is an impossible and unscientific suggestion and one hopes the Government thinks twice before enacting such a law.

V.S. Venkatavaradan,
Salem, T.N.

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