My Waste My Responsibility
The ideas that I would be presenting is a long thought and one which I wanted to put forth always before a panel for consideration. So here I am, offered an opportunity. The very first thing that struck me was the 2017 news on NGO ‘No Dumping’ ,who had their motto as “ My Waste My Responsibility” , in them I found people who shared ideas I had.
When Students look for opportunities abroad, especially Germany, which offers a wide range of educational opportunities, we should admire Germany for the way it handles its Waste, i.e. Waste Recycling .The concept of Waste Recycling according to me comes second, the first being “Reduce Waste”. “Waste” has itself no definition until we define it, and it solely relies on us what we want to term as Waste. The earth has always shown us how nothing in it goes of no use. We need to learn a lot from our earth. All the issues that we see around us originate from a basic issue such as waste. The only way out for escape is when each individual considers the Waste one produces, as one’s responsibility. No International Pact, Rules and Laws can effectively work as this would.
Each individual uses n number of things daily but imprudently. The rules and Laws indirectly impart in the minds of people that no matter the amount of waste they produce, it is the government’s responsibility to get rid of it. In short, people don’t feel it as their burden to look into the matter deeply .As an individual community, we need to build a trust and the companies should take this as a responsibility to follow Sweden’s “say no to unnecessary packing” method adopted by its Coastal City Kalmar’s residents .Today’s lifestyle demands us to depend on packed foods, that Shows how the data of package wastage and individual produces multiplied by 135.26 crores of Indians. Individuals can collectively opt to buy products such as soaps, cookies, cosmetics, food etc. without extravagant packing and companies can assure their customer the same safety.
If such an initiative is hard to accept, we could prefer an easy source of production nearby (locally made), if not all, at least some things, so we contribute less to the overall wastage. “Go Local” is another solution to avoid such package waste we use, that travels around the world, through seas and trucks and into the soil. Is that necessary?
The best way I have found from my childhood is to re-use it in our homes, as a child I loved making handicrafts, anything lying useless would be enough to catch my attention. The waste produced can help budding creative artist to influence others to use their waste to be turned into crafts that find place in day to day use, to woo them, it can be sold out too. People need to focus a lot more on this method, for those who cannot stop contributing their part in waste production. The part government can do it to make people familiar about the options they have to make the best out of waste. When one does this part of being a responsible citizen, the people around him would not be aware and persuaded to follow suite, unless government can do a little bit by praising them and encouraging until this would eventually turn into a habit. Fines and rules would just make people escape them and find alternative disastrous ways to dispose.
On a lighter note, I think I have done my part even while writing on the issue thou if rejected .Nevertheless on the contrary I could make a larger audience rethink about their ways and re-consider their responsibilities. I am continuing to be executing my responsibilities in very small way possible, are you?
– Veronica Tensingh