“It’s not someone else’s responsibility to pick up our litter. It’s our Responsibility.”
“My waste, my responsibility” is the mantra for No dumping,a non-profit organization that aims at having cities without dumpsites. The organization has been working in the field of waste management since Jaunaury 2016. From waste collection to segregation to processing and safe disposal of waste, the NGOs not only handles waste efficiently, but also making weddings and parties go waste free.
The focus is to not burden the landfills with unsegregated, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste. To achieve their objective of no dumping, the organization is helping individuals, organizations and institutions in segregating and managing the waste.
In the present scenario, garbage disposal is an important part of our daily living, especially if we are living in a city. Collection and the eventual daily disposal of accumulated home garbage are as important as having a daily bath. Swach Bharat begins at home. Keep your home premises clean, free of litter and garbage and you will keep your neighborhood 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. Now imagine, all the housing complexes in and around the area doing this. What do you see? You don’t need science to visualize and understand this. Extend your imagination further to the city, state and country and you have SWACH BHARAT. As citizens of the country, let us not just dream but put these thoughts to action. Your strong commitment and proactiveness is moot: you know the old dictum you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Garbage is braodly classified into biodegradable (that which easily disintegrates and assimilates harmlessly with the soil) and non-biodegradable ( that which does not disintegrates). The former (wet waste) would include kitchen wastes such as vegetable and fruit peels, leftover food items, non- vegetarian wastes, egg shells and the like. The latter(dry waste) will include plastics in any form, metals, batteries and glass. E-waste( unusable computer and electronic parts) is dangerous if carelessly disposed as this would cause great harm to the environment and consequently to human and animal life. For starters, let us understand what we, as individuals, need to do in this necessary exercise. Plan your garbage collection and waste disposal method; you can devise your own but keep in mind that segregation of garbage, unlike humans, is a virtue. Garbage or waste is not only generated in the kitchen but in any living room or bathroom of the house. A waste basket in every room is an integral part of this garbage disposal project. In the kitchen, you need to have two waste bins- one for biodegradable and other for the non- biodegradable waste. Ideally these should be colour coded. Keep a separate bin for the hazardous e- wastes. Always use gloves when handling e-waste. The biodegradable waste needs to be cleared everyday else it will not and decay; as normally happens when you leave town for a few days and have forgotten to clear the garbage and you know what meets you on your return. Composting your kitchen waste is the ideal thing to do if you have a small kitchen garden or a balcony garden. Make it a habit to dispose the wet waste everyday unless you plan to compost. You may use the services of the garbage collectors who come to the building on a daily basis, if this service is available, or use the waste bins provided by the corporation in your street. 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, Swach Bharat will not be just a dream.
CONCLUSION: It is our responsibility to keep and dispose our garbage by ourselves and not to throw or dump the garbage in the streets, waterbodies or in front of the any house. We ourselves are responsible for the ruckus which is happening in the society if we are not performing our duties well.