As we all know, non-biodegradable plastic waste is extremely harmful to the environment and this fact is also very real that plastic pollution is a threat and needs to be curbed as soon as possible. The government as well as individuals In India are doing their bit regarding this. Jamshedpur and Lucknow have roads constructed out of plastic, a school of Guwahati accepts it as fees, in Chhattisgarh, a café offers a full meal in exchange of 1 kg of plastic waste and a Hyderabad engineer has also found a way to make fuel out of plastic.
These are some amazing starts but Indians still have a long way to go and for this, we can take inspiration from other countries and their unique methods to reduce this menace of plastic.
Surabaya, the Indonesian city has launched a trash swap programme on 20 of its public buses. Every bus has recycling bins and the ticket officers accept plastic waste as bus fare.
The local residents of Surabaya are applauding this eco-friendly move that enables them to enjoy an hour-long bus ride by giving three large bottles, five medium bottles or 10 plastic cups for a ticket. The 48-year-old resident, Fransiska Nugrahepi was quoted as saying - “This is a very smart solution. It’s free and instead of throwing away bottles people now collect them and bring them here”.
Franki Yuanus, a transport official believes that the scheme will induce people to opt for public transport more often. He said - “There has been a good response from the public. Paying with plastic is one of the things that has made people enthusiastic because up until now plastic waste was just seen as useless”.
Per month, approximately six tons of trash is collected from commuters and it is auctioned to recycling companies from there.