Goa tourism development corporation DECLARES WAR ON PLASTIC, BANS USE OF BOTTLES, CUPS AND STRAWS

Date:
20.07.2019

Goa tourism development corporation  DECLARES WAR ON PLASTIC,  BANS USE OF BOTTLES, CUPS AND  STRAWS  MADE OF PLASTIC

 

  • Goa Tourism Development  Corporaion  (GTDC) announces eliminating use   of plastic from head office to  hotels across the State
  • All residencies to be plastic bottle/cup/straw free in  3 months
  • Hotel industry to be roped in to the campaign

The  Goa Tourism  Development Corporation (GTDC) today announced the elimination of plastic bottles/cups/straws  starting this practice from  its headquarters  to  its hotels (GTDC Residencies) across the State. 

The Hon’ble Chairman  of GTDC, Mr. Dayanand Sopte said, “This decision  will go a long way in  contributing towards  environment  protection  and  in reducing  plastic waste which has become  a bane in the State. Growing  plastic waste is a major concern and  it is important to keep our environment  plastic free.”

This decision was taken  at a recently held GTDC Board meeting where   henceforth water,  tea, coffee etc  will be served  in  cups of paper or glass.  Water dispensers, water filters will be  installed at the  tourism  head office and  residencies. Water will be served in  metal or glass bottles which will be  re-fillable.

Speaking further  on this initiative, Mr. Soptesaid “We at GTDC have taken on  this campaign  from the head office first and  all our   residencies  will execute this within the next three months so that we can play a significant role in the endeavour to conserve the environment. This decision of banning use of plastic items will help  towards  creating an environmentally sustainable  tourism sector.”

Plastic bottles are amongst the major plastic items used in the tourism industry and they alone contribute to over 20 per cent  of plastic pollution in the oceans. GTDC’s residencies across the State will phase out the use of plastic  bottles,  plastic cups and straws in the next three months.

On  achieving  this, we will  rope in the  tourism stakeholders and  other  partners in the hospitality sector to  be  part of the large campaign against use of plastic  bottles and  plastic items, Mr. Sopte said.