Since time immemorial, the living beings have lived in groups; hunted, gathered, relocated together. Their habitats and habits reflect the way of life they once lived. The journey of mankind has been advancing since then without turning back. Today the top-notch technology serves every human according to their needs, whereas back then human’ had to strive for what they wanted; keeping in mind to return it to the Mother Nature.
The largest of civilization; Harrapa is an exquisite example of town planning, waste management and small industries. The topic closest to my essay; “My waste My responsibility” is the waste management of this civilization. Back then in 2500 BCE the people of this civilization kept in mind about the waste and it’s proper disposal, which sets an example worldwide. Every house had a drainage system which connected to the larger drainage system in the town. There were openings at intervals for cleaning the septic tanks and proper air passage. With this we can clearly say that the residents of the Harappa civilization took waste management as a genuine need for each and every citizen.
With the growing population, the waste piling and burden has also increased in every town. It’s cleaning and maintenance is not the sole responsibility of the administrator but it is of every single citizen residing in that town. The introduction of SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAAN in 2014 is a prime model of cleanliness and collective responsibility. The initiative by our honourable prime minister Narendra Modi not only covers about making every rural and urban area open defaecation free, but also focuses on solid-liquid waste management. The waste management takes place at grass root level in every rural, urban area.
The waste disposal at every door step takes place in 3 different containers- Blue bin represents dry waste, the Green represents wet waste and the red one represents biomedical wastes. These wastes are collected from each and every society by the Municipal corporation or the in charge team which further get separated for recycle and reuse. The government initiative boosts every individual’ moral to contribute to the society effectively and keep their surrounding clean and green.
My waste My responsibility not only denotes to throw waste from individual’ home, but it has a wide definition of help in keeping one’ own society clean, provide potable water, disease free environment, humane and just condition to every individual residing in that area. As Right to hygienic life is every individual’ right. Our society constitutes all forms of life i.e., human, birds and animals. When we are the prime reason of waste generation, the animals should not suffer due to our deeds. Waste management should be in every class’ curriculum; not as a theory subject but as a practical. In my school days, we were taken to the nearest nature park to collect plastic and other waste. Every person from school students to teachers and the principal contributed in collecting the waste and disposing it in a proper manner. This shows that waste collection and disposal is everyone’ responsibility and when school students are taught in this manner they follow it their entire life.
In this Tech-savvy world, proper waste disposal is inevitable or else disease burden increases. In every manner, if the mankind becomes careless they shall face it in a harsh way in forms of disease outbreak, unhygienic environment, lack of potable water, etc. To avoid such conditions every individual should take it as their moral responsibility to keep their society, town and surrounding clean, green and hygienic. To imbibe this practice on a regular basis, every household should teach their younger one’ about proper waste disposal as the saying goes; “CHARITY BEGINS FROM HOME”. When one is taught from their initial days and everyone in the household follows the routine, it becomes easier at the town level to manage waste.
Not all waste are useless, many things we discard can be reused and recycled and at a certain extent be reduced. The plastic outbreak in everyone’ life can be reduced to a great extent by getting it’s alternative like cotton bags, silicone storage bags, etc. A new word was introduced in the recent time by our prime minister; “PLOGGING” i.e., collecting plastic while jogging. This is a very sustainable option to keep one’ own health along with Mother Nature’. The kitchen waste can always be used in organic farming in one’ own garden or backyard; this gives advantage of getting one’ own vegetables and fruits chemical-free.
Gandhiji rightly quoted,” Mother Nature has enough to fulfil mankind’ need but not his greed”. The greed of using all forms of plastic and not properly disposing it is unpardonable but the nature surely serves bamboo and other alternatives to cater our needs. To turn the waste generated by us into a valuable asset to the society should be in everyone’ priority and duty; as there is nothing stronger and efficient than a healthy and hygienic society.