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A Penny for your Waste

– Introduction
– Sabotaging terrestrial grounds
– Cataclysm caused by man
– Remedies into Revolution
– Conclusion
“The greatest threat of our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”.
 As we all walk towards the tech-way of life, we never think about the consequences before leaping.
 Despite our rapid growth in various fields, we still lack a lot that has to be fixed.
 A rising quality of life and high rates of resource consumption patterns have had an unintended
and negative impact on the urban environment.
 Such major problems include waste and waste management
 Unwanted or unusable material substance or by product is termed as waste where as waste
management refers to the various activities required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal.
 At least at a personal level, we must be motivated to care for waste management in every activity of our daily living.
 Have you ever thought about the quantity of waste we dump in daily?
 Let’s calculate: If an individual dumps 3kgs of waste from 15kgs of resources he uses per day, then for a week it is 21kgs of waste. For a month, it becomes approximately 90 to 93kgs of waste. Then for a year, it becomes approximately 1095 to 1098kgs of waste. If he lives for 80 years, then the amount of waste he produces can be approximately 87,660kgs of waste.
 The overall population of the world in 2020 is 7.8 billion and if each individual dumps 3kgs of waste daily, then the waste accumulated per day on the earth can be assumed as 2.34×10^10kgs.
 If this situation is prevalent, then the waste dumped over a century becomes 4.005×10^27kgs which is greater than the weight of the earth i.e., 5.972×10^24kgs.
 Hence it’s our first and foremost duty to manage wastes in a secular and effectively dynamic way.
 Canada produces the highest amount of waste in 2020. It produces 36.1 metric tons of waste per capita annually.
 India stands third in the production of e-waste with 3.2 million tonnes where only 17% of the total e-waste is collected.
 According to Dr. Sunil Kumar, Senior scientist at CSIR-NEERI, India, the major problems affecting solid waste management are unscientific treatment, improper collection of waste and ethical problems which in turn results in environmental degradation, water pollution, soil pollution and air pollution.
 Statistics show that in 2001, India generated 46 million tonnes of waste and by 2048, it’ll reach an estimate of 125 million tonnes, making India the largest waste contributor of the world.
 In 2018, the state government of Tamilnadu banned Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, Tamilnadu because the plant emitted hazardous substances and contaminated the land, air and water resources.
 On April 2018, industrial wastes discharged by SPIC and TAC killed a large number of fishes along the coast.
 Almost 79% of the earth’s land is being used as landfills for dumping domestic wastes while we can use them efficiently for urbanization.
 These are only few evident examples yet there are more beyond our reach.
What shall we do?
“The earth is a fine place and worth fighting for.”
 The city corporation of Trivandrum turned a several years old waste dump at Erumakuzhi into a park with landscaping works on one side and a material-recovery facility and aerobic bins on the either side as a part of marketing it as a waste management hub.
 Sweden is claimed to be the almost zero garbage zone as they simply use their wastes with 99% efficiency. In 2015, almost 2.3 metric tons of waste was turned into energy in one of the nation’s 32 plants.
 The GARBAGE MUSEUM was a waste management themed museum in Stratford, Connecticut, US. The most iconic exhibit was Trash-o-saurus, a garbage sculpted dinosaur. It was closed in 2011.
 Through these schemes, the government also gets profited and these spread awareness about the issue.
 Even kitchen waste can be used as manure for garden–nurturing and hence it greatly supplies towards ‘GO GREEN EARTH’.
“Do not save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving.”
 Plastic is not our greatest enemy nor other wastes, but ignorance is our greatest enemy whom we should battle with. Let’s educate ourselves about these socio-economic problems and try to find a better solution. We are responsible for what we dump.
 Let’s stop living a confined life and begin to spread awareness against this life- threatening hot issue.
 Even though these do not affect us directly, we are the ones responsible to flag the responsibility to stand against such issues to fight and to spread awareness.
 Let’s hope for a better safe pollution-free dawn of tomorrow.

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