P.S. Colony, Nehru Colony, Classic Gardens, Krishna Colony and Harini Avenue are the other residential layouts that have joined the programme. Together, the six colonies will try and create a model no-plastic bag zone in Vadavalli, a suburb west of the city that is struggling to find ways to dispose of garbage.
After the launch of the initiative on Sunday by Vadvalli Town Panchayat president Amirthavalli Shanmughasundaram, president of the Super Garden residents’ association A.G. Manickam said that at present, all the plastic bags and paper waste would be handed over to ITC Limited under the Waste out of Wealth project of the private firm and Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC). This project was already on in many parts of the city. The company paid the residents for the recyclable plastic bags and paper waste.
Mr. Manickam said the long-term objective was to stop the inflow of plastic bags to the colonies. RAAC’s promotion of the use of jute bags had been taken up by these colonies also.The effort now would be to enlist the support of the neighbourhood shops also. While the residents would be asked to take with them jute bags to shops, the residents’ associations in the colonies would also provide the shops with jute bags.