My Waste, MY Responsibility :
Waste is something which we generally recognize with negligence , not even giving a chance to think twice. We never feel that we might able to find a treasury in trash :
“ One Man’s trash is another Man’s treasury. ’’
Though in our country waste management is not at a flourishing state, but we as a young generation on a behalf of all population can give it a second chance to rethink about it. One’s waste must be his/her responsibility. This conception should walk down from mind to act in reality in order to apply in our daily life.
As the time advences so does the human aspirations and so does the challeges that this aspirations bring with it in order to resume the planet to be able to act of its own in a swift manner. Human’s life becomes so very complicated now-a-days that in general it poses certain problems that our planet faces today. In between, the human population is a major problem that actually portrays a genuine conflict in itself, as it has grown twenty times over thousand years from around 0.5 billion to around 7.4 billion as of today. And in modern society a single person lives his day with all the necessities that he needs is equal to the amount of thousand people wanted in back. Now-a-days the frequency of one time use produtcs is increasing day by day and on the top of it, we get usually our every necessities at our finger tips acts like a cherry on a cake. We not even think that our society’s or our planet’s risk before dumping a product without thinking of its sustainability.
The point of matter is that life cannot walk in this manner of dumping any sort of products. It’s high time and we need to think to make it possible of creating the best out of waste in order to pay attention to the theme : My Waste, My Responsibility.
There are several things that we are used to with like plastic bags, plastic cups, polythin papers, dishes made by plastic, non-biodegradable toys, shoes and even clothes that are made with something which are not able to dispose easily and can stay for as many as several years after being rejected. So, in order to take the matter as a whole we can use the term, “3Rs’’ which actually stands for three different meanings of words that begins each with R as follows; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. To save the planet we need to reduce the use of such materials which actually harms our nature and to make it sure that people should use the rejected, dumped products again which can be termed as Reuse and the last thing is none other than Recycle which is to make the best out of waste in order to use again like from rejected plastic bottles we can make a t-shirt too.
People should implement products made by such materials which is bio-degradable like stainless steele dishes & cups, glass bottles, glass cups, pocelin cutleries and we should implement bio-degradable covers and boxes to carry foods , cakes instead of aluminium covers and this whole programme is called Green protocol, where waste management is actually coming to its end. Green protocol is of today becomes the movement of Kerala and this actually smoothens the path to invent an eco-friendlly enviroment to save the planet for present and future generation and this mission is posed as a revolution and is going to change the way we live in this country and the planet. Zero waste concept is dependent upon the other two concepts as followed Reuse and Recycle.
Reuse is to use something which is rejected by someone else after being used. As we sometimes discard something despite of its goodness just in order to have a new or a more advanced one, that can be a very useful thing for someone else. And for this concept, the “Swap Shop” is an essential idea that actually helps to bring those used products to the people who really need those items like old Books, Toys, Clothes, Pots, Cutlery sets and some electronic goods like Television set, Mixer Grinder, Refrigerator, Music System, Mobile Phone, Tab etc. could still be useful to someone else. Instead of throwing and dumping all these things in garbage one could collect them and place them in “ Swap Shop ’’. This sort of shops are willing to help those people who are eager to have those second hand products and at the same time spreads its hands to save the planet.
The third R is Recycle which is not a well-known fact in the case of India as India almost recycles 60% of its Non-Biodegradable waste. The concpt of Recycle is mainly used to reuse the rejected products once again after being rejected and made possible to use. This mission having been a visionary as always, understood that waste from one person, cannot keep travelling to someone else’s backyard. It is against the principle of Natural Justice. There are several devices to utilise the rejected products again into valuable products not to pour one’s effect to another. It actually delivers the title :
“ My Waste, My Responsibility ”
The main contention behind this protests was, why should the people of village bear the ill effects of waste coming from a city. “ My Waste, My Responsibility ” should be a slogan that rings in every one’s heart that one’s effect must not be felt by someone else. It should be one’s waste and one’s responsibility. It only essentially means the waste generator is primarily responsible for the waste she/he generates and therefore ensuring its proper disposal and moreover biodegradable waste being the non-toxic portion of nature must be regenerated by specific terms and be used by others for one more time.
[ This essay is written by Sreejani Nayak. ]