There is no denying fact that the solid waste management has become daunting and large task across the world. In India alone, with the exception of few, most of the areas are still inundated with huge heaps of garbage alongside the unpaved roads, railway tracks, canal s empty plots and temporary dumpsites portrays the appalling status and emanates various environmental, social and emanates various environmental, social and aesthetics issues It’s because of rampant population explosion followed by inadequate management practices left this issue unintended for decades. The annual waste generation has already 48 millions tons; increasing over two percent every year. Presently, Delhi depicts abdominal scenario pertaining to waste. it’s almost near to impossible lifting of 10 years of unintended waste – a gargantuan task for concerned authorities owing to insufficient manpower and resources. Hence, huge piles of solid waste at various points have become alarming not only to environment but it has also put human health in jeopardy . Now here the question emanates who is to blame for this imbroglio – Government, Private Partners, Experts or Public ? to be honest, no one is blame free .
It’s not a right approach to blame government; public and others are equally responsible for this prevailing menace. Our alma maters and other experts in this field who always come up with innovative ideas of producing compost from organic waste by giving examples of developing countries without realizing the actual scenario. This is the main problem which manifests the gap between market and institutions. The Nature of generated waste in India is not as in Turkey, Japan , Germany and other Countries whom case studies we often present in our syllabus and conferences. their is a dire need to hit thee bull’s eye and manage things accordingly. to get desired result. we need to ensure segregation at household level but again it needs awareness. Firstly, different color bins ca n be placed in commercial areas by mentioning category of waste like organics ( fruits and vegetables) or inorganics (plastics , metals etc ) At second stage , residential areas can be targeted.
this would generate revenue from organic waste in the form of fertilizer and rest may be sold as recyclables they shouldn’t be ignored as recyclables they extract from waste is the source of livelihood for them . Government along with concerned stakeholders must device a mechanism to include them in a legal system. Moreover, government and concerned authorities always react haphazardly without taking in to account the real root-cause and seem to squander massive resources for nothing . Apart from obsolete legislation, lack of trained personnel, futile infrastructure and financial constraints, one of the major reason of this conundrum is lack of awareness amongst the people . Generally public is least bother about their waste management and they throw it unintended in streets and roadsides. At government level, apart from imparting education, fines, must be imposed over this practice.
Huge resources and Manpower is required for Primary and secondary collection of waste and government is already spending billions in this regard but desired result are not on the board . one way to solve this problem is to provide incentives to the public . Secondary Collections points can be established at proposed locations where waste will be collected through Machinery and reward must be there with respect to weight or appropriate segregation. it will surely save the primary collection cost and ensure cleanliness. Pilot project may include low income areas first , then , can be expanded to rest. Moreover , government and concerned authorities always react haphazardly without taking in to real root-cause and seem to squander massive resource for nothing . apart from obsolete legislation, lack of trained personnel futile infrastructure and financial constraints, one of the major reason of this conundrum is lack of awareness amongst the people . Generally , public is least bother about their waste management and they throw it unintended in streets and roadsides . At Government level , apart from imparting education , fines must be imposed over this practice.
Considering this a burning issues , all stakeholder must be on board in order to reap desired results. Instruction can update the syllabus accordingly from primary level and sensitize and educate upcoming generations . Expert from foreign and local universities can be invited to share solution based ideas. Assignments , project and dissertation must consider burning issues and share pragmatic solutions to government and authorities. this would fill the gap between market and institutions.
Taking all in consideration, its pertinent to mention that adequate waste management practices reap multiples benefits by protecting environment and reducing health cost . Lo and behold , ignorance and complacency would only lead to unprecedented repercussion as it becomes a part of our food chain . This is true what goes around comes . plastics bags episodes , marine life and amount pf plastics consumed by fishes is the most prominent example . Therefore , there is a dire need for all stakeholders to join hands irrespective of their vested interest in order save environment and conserve the nature for future generations . Let’s raise this slogan at every level “My waste, My responsibility”.