Waste management is a worldwide issue. It can be termed as a consequence for various environmental and health issues globally. When it comes to India the outcomes of improper Waste Management are hazardous. The University of Columbia states India stands 168th out of 180 countries in terms of the Environmental Performance Index. We produce almost 450 grams of waste daily which turns to 135,000 tons per day for a country population of 3.48 billion. This waste produced by us is of various types. Some of it is Organic such as Peels of Vegetable, Paper, etc. which gets decomposed automatically while other types include; recyclable waste, liquid waste, solid waste, and hazardous waste. Household, commercial and agricultural waste constitutes Organic, recyclable, liquid, and solid waste while hazardous waste is majorly produced by the industries. The waste either of its type that we see around us is created by no one other than us. When it comes to hygiene we clean ourselves regularly as a habit but we don’t care to clean the environment in which we live, as a consequence of which are suffering from various environmental issues from poor air quality index to polluted ground waste caused by unsegregated disposal of waste items. We often tend to blame the poor waste management policies and government for not being able to have control over these issues but do we ever make ourselves realize that all the waste produced has a part of thrown by us too, did we ever have taken the responsibility for the proper disposal of our waste?
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
― Leo Tolstoy
We all must have seen different colorful public dustbins placed along the roadsides intended for disposal of different types of waste (red-colored dustbins for recyclable wastes, green for biodegradable waste, and blue for rest waste) but very few use them accordingly. More than 70% of urban wastes get dumped directly into the landfills which consist of plastic waste, solid waste, biomedical waste, industrial waste that remains as “Untreated Waste”. The burning of plastic waste, metallic waste produces dangerous gases in the environment in which we breathe. Some Industries dump their waste into the rivers which harm the marine flora and fauna which are then consumed by humans themselves. We keep on digging holes for ourselves by not fulfilling a small responsibility. A responsibility to manage our waste on our own. India is a country of 3.84 billion peoples, more than 100 Government, Non- Government organizations are working to find better ways for the proper disposal of waste. But till the time we won’t enlighten ourselves and encourage each other for taking responsibility for our waste the dream of Swacch Bharat Swastha Bharat will appear blurred. For this, we don’t require to do any tedious task we can contribute our part by Segregating our Waste into three categories 1. Biodegradable waste
2. Recyclable waste 3. Other Non-Recyclable waste. Remove plastic from our daily lives, there are various alternatives to plastic that too at very low cost. We must include the habit of cleansing the waste as a routine in our daily lives. In addition to this, we can use polybags in replacement to plastic bags, plastic cups and plates can be replaced by steel, bamboo, potteries, etc. Over 500 million plastic straws are used daily over the world as stated by a US report. These little things if replaced with bamboo straws can alone contribute to huge changes. The food and packaging sector should also check their plastic usage. Industries should also install waste treatment plants to properly dispose of their waste. In today’s technological advancement it’s not a big deal to convert all the hazardous waste into at least something harmless. There are various people whom we can look up as an example. All of these start with a thought, a thought to make the world a better place for us and our future generations. All the big things that happened in history were started by a single person’s thoughts. It would not be a bigger task with a firm determination and proper actions to see a Clean Country and the World. This planet, the land, the water doesn’t alone belong to a community of people; it belongs to everyone who lives in it.
“I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use.”