Over 500 tonnes of single-use plastic were recovered in the twin towns in July.

Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation raids 103 shops selling single-use plastic . The city has collected Rs 4,47,500 in fines from shops selling the noxious substance .

Hubballi: It has been more than a month since the central government banned the selling of single-use plastic, but the noxious substance continues to be sold rampantly across Hubballi-Dharwad, to the dismay of the authorities.The Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) conducted 103 raids in July alone, confiscating almost 528 tonnes of single-use plastic and collecting Rs 4,47,500 in fines from shops selling this product.In the meantime, HDMC has been unashamedly consistent in raising public awareness of the detrimental effects single-use plastic sales and use can have on the planet.Single-use plastic sales continue unchecked at grocery stores, liquor stores, vegetable and fruit vendors, among others.

Basavaraj Jamboti, a Navanagar resident, told reporters that HDMC agents were regularly raiding a variety of business establishments, ranging from clothing stores, bakeries, to grocery and vegetable shops.However, Jamboti said that much more work remains to be done to ensure that this prohibition on single-use plastic is fully enforced, highlighting the importance of raising the level of concern among the public about the benefits of using the substance.Mallikarjun, a HDMC environmental engineer, said, Our agents are raiding many small businesses, and we are battling tirelessly to discourage people from switching to single-use plastic.We're also levying fines.

We raided a warehouse on Karwar Road, confiscating six tonnes of expired plastic as a result of a tip-off.In the meantime, we are continuing to raise the topic of awareness among the public.