As perhaps the most populated country, India is naturally to produce the most amount of waste and garbage. But, what’s alarming is that we don’t have a solid garbage management system or a campaign that is wide enough to sustain the dump that we all create.
‘My Waste, My Responsibility’, a mantra/habit which we should have inculcated, naturally, seems to have disappeared from the people of our country’s mind. Many a time, you’d see a person littering the streets, spitting on the road while travelling or even making streets their local washroom. Their mentality is that they paid their taxes and that the roads are their property so they might as well make full use of it; that others do it, so it’s no harm if they do the same. Ironic, isn’t it? Shouldn’t people be all the more cautious of littering the streets because it’s their streets, it’s their city and it’s their country?
It’s mostly the people living in rural areas who need to be enlightened about this fact. People living in the village areas constitute quite a percentage in the population of our country. If they are given proper knowledge about how even the slightest of their waste keeps on piling to become something big, our country’s waste could decrease significantly. They should be taught that garbage is their responsibility and that each one of us should manage our own garbage. And it’s not just the village people, all of us should be enlightened upon this fact and should be made to implement it.
It’s actually the best strategy to minimise the dumps that our country’s people create. At home, we must manage our own garbage. We must separate biodegradable garbage from non-biodegradable garbage. The cities and towns must have highly advanced garbage treatment and recycling plants to preserve the beauty and purity of our environment.
Improper disposal of sanitary napkins by women also constitutes a major part of the country’s waste. Not only is it improper, but also unhygienic and unhygienic habits lead to various diseases. Proper management of their disposal should be proposed and implemented. A part of our country’s waste would then be under control.
The most important reason for waste collection is the protection of the environment and the health of the population. Rubbish and waste can cause air and water pollution. Rotting garbage is also known to produce harmful gases that mix with the air and can cause breathing problems in people.
Garbage disposal is an important part of our daily living, especially if you are living in a city. Collection and the eventual daily disposal of accumulated home garbage are as important as having a daily bath. Swatch Bharat begins at home. Keep your home premises clean, free of litter and garbage, and you will keep your neighbourhood clean; and this can be extended to the ward, city, state and eventually the country. Proper garbage disposal is essential in every household. If every household in an apartment complex were to proactively follow this daily routine, the entire housing complex would be clean.
A few pieces of advice are less obvious, but still very important. Make sure you know the entire life cycle of every product you use. From cradle to grave. If a paper is used as an example, make sure that it comes from renewable forests and goes towards making something else.
Proper safety measures and waste disposal methods make for a cleaner, safer world with fewer diseases and lower potential harm to both humans and animals. We should be a responsible citizen of the country. Reduce unnecessary consumption, reuse what can be reused and recycle what can be recycled. If every one of us becomes aware of our social responsibility towards cleanliness, Swatch Bharat will not be just a dream.