My waste? No! that’s not a lot, so why my responsibility? Aren’t there people in charge to do that?
Well just imagine how beautiful it’s to find a clean, pleasant and scenic picnic spot, with luscious trees all around, clear flowing rivers and waterfalls and the pure form of air to breathe, how southing to the soul, far from the busy city streets, vehicle pollution and daily chaos. I’ve heard a lot of these stories from my parents and grandparents, and visited quite a few of them too, and I do want the future generation to see that beauty. But will they get to see it? Or just hear our nostalgic tales and curse us for not saving it for them?
Taking the example of a little heaven on earth, our small state of Goa, surrounded with beautiful beaches, has been drastically affected over the years. According to the recent report on the “Navhind Times”, Goa generates 400 tonnes of organic waste per day besides 277 tonnes of recyclable waste, 60 tonnes of non-recyclable waste, 56 tonnes of inert waste and 23 tonnes of hazardous and sanitary waste. To make things a bit more simpler, me as a civil engineering student, who in the future would build more concrete jungles, having my most unique structure of all times, that is accommodating hazardous and sanitary residents on my first floor, non-recyclable waste, inert waste and recyclable waste residents on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor respectively. Well just one floor wouldn’t be enough, I’d have to repeat these floors over and over again, may be even reaching to a point where I’d have to compete with the Burj Khalifa! It may sound funny but in the near future these structures will be our new dump yards.
If each of us as concerned and responsible citizens do our part of considering the surrounding as our home and keeping it clean, we can easily safeguard our mother earth for the future generations. It’s not a complicated task, but as easy as having a cupcake, provided you got your calories on line!! Well those simple tips and tricks could be using reusable or decomposable food packaging and as far as possible avoiding the single-use plastic items like plastic straws, plastic bottles, Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE). You could try packing home cooked food while going out on a trek or a picnic and carry plenty of water and juices in steel or reusable glass bottles, this avoids the possibilities of buying unnecessary junk food and keeps you healthy too! Also after visiting a place make sure to bring back all the leftover waste or dump it in the correct bin on the way.
One time investment and simple alternatives to plastic could be using glass jars to store food items, switching over to bamboo straws and toothbrushes, and wooden or metal combs and cutlery. Well you could also get very creative with the waste you produce, rebinding unused pages to new books, sewing creative grocery bags from old clothes or even treating your plants with free organic compost produced right in your kitchen! Moreover it is very important to segregate the waste at your homes to avoid the dumping of wastes in landfills. You’ve to simply have 3 bins, one for the wet waste(to be used for compost), the other for the recyclable wastes (like paper, cardboard, glass, tetra packs, metal waste and e-waste) and the last one for non-recyclable wastes ( like plastic and sanitary waste).
At first all these things may seem complicated and tedious but if we imbibing these simple habits in our day to day lives and lead by example we can make a huge difference thereby providing nature’s heirloom at it’s best!!!