Gurugram: The residents of Gurugram have joined the fight in right earnest to support the Central Government's pan-India ban on single-use plastic, effective from July 1, 2022. In the wake of the ban, Sare Homes Society, Sector 92, Gurugram, has prohibited the use of plastic inside the society premises. The residents have also put up posters and circulars on society premises urging people to not use plastic. The residents now have to go to the society gate to collect their parcels and food deliveries if they come packed in plastic.
While this comes after the plastic ban, the society has always been conscious about not harming the environment. On World Environment Day, June 5, 2022, the society distributed jute bags in the commercial complex of the society as a substitute for plastic bags. Further, when the pan India plastic ban was announced, around 150 residents of Sare Homes Society took out a rally to spread awareness about the same.
The society has a history of being active in taking actions in the favor of the environment. Praveen Malik, RWA president of Sare Homes Society says, "On the World Environment Day, we distributed cloth bags to all shop owners inside and around the society and adjured them to use those cloth bags only. We also have ordered the guards of the main gate of the society to not allow plastic cutleries or plastic bags inside the gate. We are getting immense support from the MCM (Municipal corporation of Manesar) and our residents for the project".
Aman Chawal (40), IT professional and a resident of Sare Homes Society says, "We usually choose no plastic cutlery option but by any chance if our parcel is packed in plastic, we cooperate with the society's norm. Even the shops in the society, be it a medical or grocery shop, are not using plastic anymore."
Amita Rani (41), Ex-lecturer and a resident of Sare Homes Society says, "Our society has always been active in contributing to the betterment of the society. We all only use biodegradable cutlery at parties. I used to keep plastic cutlery for my kids as they'd lose it every other day. However, now I have switched to wooden cutlery. I have also started carrying a cloth bag with me. Using plastic is certainly harmful to the environment but people will change their habit gradually."