With the state-wide ban on plastic items coming into effect on January 1, 2019, an awareness rally against use of plastics was taken out by college students here on Wednesday.

Organised by the Erode Corporation and the Chikkaiah Naicker College under the Clean India Mission, the rally began at Erode Bus stand and passed through Veerappanchatiram before culminating at the college.

Students held placards that stressed on shunning plastics in all forms including plastic bags and cups. They said that though plastic bags were given free of cost in shops, it affects the whole society and called for avoiding it completely. Another placard said that burning plastic materials would cause air pollution.

Students said that though the ban comes into effect from New Year, it would be effective only with the people’s support and called for unity among the people in the fight against plastics.

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