26 housing societies of Kandivali East get rid of plastic

Bidding adieu to plastic once and for all, 26 housing societies at Thakur Village in Kandivali East coordinated with the BMC on Saturday and got rid five truckloads of plastic.

Around 15,000 residents had come together in November and convinced around 700 hawkers to stop handing out plastic bags at Thakur Village. The residents had collected Rs 1.7 lakh to launch an awareness campaign, where they performed skits at 30 housing society complexes, got posters and T-shirts made, and roped in around 700 hawkers to hand out pamphlets to all societies.

On Saturday, the BMC sent four vans and residents spent Rs 2,500 on an extra van to collect the last remnants of plastic. Harsha Kumara Udupi, who spearheaded the plastic ban movement in Thakur Village, said 50 volunteers collected plastic in the rain from 3.30 pm to 9 pm on Saturday for the “antim yatra” of plastic. We had asked for a point of contact from each society,” said Udupi.