And its not just plastic bags but even plastic items that prove hazardous for the environment. While clogging of drains is a common problem, even burning them can release hazardous gases. Today in every walk of life, plastics have become an indispensable commodity item. When we speak of plastics, the common item that comes to mind are the plastic bags. However, its not just plastic bags but the markets are filled with different items made of plastics which are non-recyclable like ropes, utensils, buckets, dustbin, soap case, mats, containers, mugs, cups and water bottles. Plastic items are always in demand as they cost cheaper and can be discarded. Unfortunately while they can be discarded, it cannot be recycled. Plastic is also used for cold drink bottles, big containers, brooms, chairs and pots. Moreover attractive flowers, plants, specs, and toys are also available in plastic. Plastics have a very long term harmful effects on the environment. Plastic bags are cheap and easy to carry, which is why it is used day in day out without considering its environmental impact. Environmentalist A V Shivshankaran says that plastics are usually in demand due to its usefulness: He further can an insight on the harmful effects of using plastics especially for pregnant women and elderly persons. Plastics are the main culprits of clogged drains and if burnt also releases toxics. At present the country does not have any facility for burning plastic. Shivshankaran says that it is not just the government but also citizens who are to be blamed for their lack of interest. With cameraperson Kala Jadhav, Shilpa Suryawanshi for NMTV news.