Assam is reeling under serious threat of non-biodegradable waste and the State’s commercial hub Guwahati itself produces approximately 37,000 kgs of plastic waste every day.
Shockingly, according to a study by an organisation named ‘Environ’, Assam generates 2.99 lakh kgs of plastic waste every day and about 13 percent of the entire State’s plastic waste is generated in Guwahati. Dr Amarjyoti Kashyap of Environ said, “It was around 5,000 kgs per day in Guwahati in 2004 and 50,000 kgs per day in the entire State in that year.” Kashyap also said that plastic waste generation has been increasing at an alarming speed in the State.
He further said that plastic wastes constitute 9,500 kgs of polythene carry bags, 8,500 kgs of packaging materials, 3,300 kgs of polythene sheets or wrappers, 7,000 plastic bottles, 1,700 kgs of plastic glasses, 4,000 kgs of disposable syringes and other medical wastes and 3,000 kgs of other plastic items.
Kashyap said that out of the total plastic waste generated in Assam, 60 percent is recyclable and 40 percent is non-recyclable.