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Ravana Effigies of plastic disposed of this Dussehra

Ravana Effigies of plastic disposed of this Dussehra

Effigies of Ravana are burnt during Dussehra to mark the victory of Lord Rama on the demon.

This time, several Ravana effigies made of plastic waste would be disposed of mechanically in many cities including Delhi.

The Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) in association with the Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs would erect huge Ravanas made of plastic waste in select cities on Vijayadashami.

The effigy would be disposed of mechanically in typical cement plants. The objective is to mechanically dispose of plastic waste and the plastic Ravana effigy depicts the harm for the environment.

The CMA also states that the cement industry thus helps overcome the plastic menace in an environmentally friendly manner.

25 to 30 feet tall Ravana effigy would be installed in select cities including Delhi at the Ramlila grounds. The effigy would be put in a cement kiln and disposed of mechanically with the use of high temperature without leaving any residue.

Indian government focuses on banning single-use plastic and urges the cooperation of the public.

Disposing of plastic remains a major threat to society. Plastic takes several hundreds of years to decompose in the soil.

If it is burnt, it releases harmful gases into the environment.

In this context, Durga Shankar Mishra, Secretary of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said that plastic that is disposed of in cement kilns does not affect environment due to the usage of high temperature. The temperature helps to absorb hazardous gases.

The initiative of Ravana effigy creates awareness among people on the disposal of plastic waste.

The CMA has joined with the ministry under the Swachhata Hi Sewa programme and is conducting various activities.

It covered 377 villages and created awareness among more than one lakh people through training, mass awareness programs and waste Shramdaan activities.

Image credit: Dussehra – The Burning of Ravan image by Kyn Chaturvedi is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Image Reference: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124873944@N03/15454104811

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