My waste my responsibility.
Waste, when we here this word our mind immediately imagine a pity dustbin in our houses, or a burning garbage mountains in a garbage landscape, or even a roadside mega dustbin surrounded by our wastes and waste eating dogs. These imagination will simultaneously made us sad by thinking of the day by day increasing atrocities because of the day by day increasing garbage dumped by us. But being sad and feeling about it will not clear this problem, as a concerned citizen making our actions in favor of garbage clearance will make some efforts to clear this problem. For this our mind should realize that it is “my waste and it is my responsibility”.
A report about garbage management says that, as time advances, so does human aspirations and so does the challenges such aspirations pose to save the planet. The recent advancements in human aspirations have been so complicated that this has become the basic reason for all of the problems that our planet faces today. It is said that, the resources that an average modern day person consumes today is equivalent to what ten thousand people consumed over 1000 years back. On top of it, our population has grown twenty times over thousand years, from around .3 billion to around 7.4 billion as of today. It is left to those who are good at math to calculate how much we are depleting our valuable resources today when compared to a thousand years back and how much damage we cause in terms of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in this minuscule fraction of a second. Point of the matter is, life cannot continue like this. Only “Change” can tackle climate change and thereby protect our future generation. According to these report they indirectly mean the importance of waste disposing and how it is important to be responsible while disposing waste.
A deep analysis into the problem of Solid Waste Management will light the fact that waste becoming an unmanageable problem is a very recent phenomenon that began hardly ten to fifteen years back at the most. Increase in population as claimed by many is definitely not the main reason. If one analyses critically, it boils down to one word “Disposables”. By disposables what is meant here is that the use of one time use and throw products has increased drastically in the past ten to fifteen years and with it the magnitude of the problem of its disposal. Disposable water bottles, disposable paper, Styrofoam and plastic cups, disposable paper, plastic and Styrofoam plates, disposable food packaging including aluminum and Styrofoam packaging, plastic bags, etc. Therefore, Green protocol is essentially a set of measures which when implemented results in significant reduction of waste with primary focus on prevention of use of disposables and using reusable alternatives like glass/stainless/porcelain cutleries. When Green Protocol is implemented in any event, non-biodegradable waste generation becomes close to zero. Therefore, the question of waste management post the event becomes virtually non- existent. It was tried for the first time in National Games and now it has become a people’s movement with many functions including weddings implementing Green Protocol. This shows that although we manage to dispose waste properly in some cases we fail to do so. This reflects our irresponsibility.
It is not a well-known fact that India recycles almost 60% of its Non-biodegradable waste. The unsung environmentalists who make this unbelievable figure a fact, are none other than our friendly neighborhood scrap dealer along with the rag pickers and the waste hawkers who effectively form one of the most vibrant informal recycling sector in the world. But for the amount of recycling, that these invisible environmentalists enable in our country, the highly chemical nature of the waste that we are dumping would have polluted our environment twice the amount it has polluted so far. All the servicers paying their services to us but, we fail to repay our part to them.
There was a time in Kerala when almost all of the Centralized Biodegradable Waste management facilities started failing one by one everywhere. Waste became a source and cause of violence in the state, with people protesting everywhere against poor maintenance of the facilities and the resultant pollution and health hazards, these facilities were causing. The main contention behind these protests was, why the people of a Grama Panchayat should bear the ill effects of waste coming from a city. The 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 principles of Natural Justice. So the mission devised a very unique strategy of Source Level Treatment of Biodegradable waste. Many types of devices were distributed to the household so that they could manage their kitchen waste on their own. “My waste, my responsibility” became the new slogan. This does not mean that government has no responsibility in sanitation. It only, essentially means the waste generator is primarily responsible for the waste s/he generates and therefore ensuring its proper disposal and moreover biodegradable waste being the nontoxic portion of the MSW, it is being emphasized that people should manage it themselves.
From this it is understood that waste management cannot be just projects and investment. The real place that needs investment is people’s minds. But this investment is about simplicity, self-sustainability and everyone becoming a change agent who will bring change in their own micro environment that will send ripples all around him. It is about becoming the change we wish to see in the world. It is this investment that has now ignited an enviro – Cultural Revolution towards a healthy planet and helped us create some of the innovations. So who all dream for a better India with greenery should must realize the importance of being responsible in waste disposal. Dispose the waste with the upmost responsibility.