In preview of the recent ban on plastic articles and subsequent raids conducted by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials on different hotels/malls/ traders, the Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum Bengaluru chapter organised a session along with BBMP to understand about the ban.
The two-hour session held at Vivanta by Taj discussed the hazards of using plastic and how to eliminate the use along with the presentation on healthy and old-world alternatives of plastic.
“It will also define the role of hotels’ procurement and operations team who can support the Karnataka government’s initiative on plastic ban,” said an HPMF official.
Bengaluru is one of the active cities in India that has effectively established a plastic ban in the commercial and trading places. Speaking on the occasion were Sarfaraz Khan, Special Commissioner, Health and Solid Waste Management; NS Ramakanth, prominent member of SWMRT (Solid Waste Management Round Table); Nalini Shekhar who is also the co-founder of Hasirudala that works with waste pickers and others. SWMRT has played a very crucial role for better waste management practices and policy making for the same with initiatives like 2bin1bag, Swachagarha and plastic ban.
The speakers focused on the need to reduce carbon footprint, following segregation of waste strictly and doing away with plastic. The session also gave a brief insight into the skilled waste pickers, their commendable work for the society, Hasirudala’s effort in recognizing their work, and also their research and reach to collect more commercial waste and converting them into eco positive products.
Shiv Shankar Menon, Advisory Board Member, HPMF, closed the session on a positive note of following sustainable products and practises. Subramanyam Natarajan and Rajesh Nair, members of HPMF felt that this session would help procurement mangers to deliver their responsibilities and make the city “Swacha Bengaluru”.