We all are living in a digital era where enormous scientific techniques are being used in every sector whether it is agriculture, healthcare or industrial. Humans have invented so many things to make their lives easier and to save their time in doing critical and physically challenging work. On the one side these inventions have given wings to the growth of the Countries and their citizens while on the other side some inventions have drastically affected the beauty of the mother earth. Plastic is one of those human invented material which has now became a cause of global concern. Limited needs of yesterday’s people are now becoming the unlimited luxuries of today’s generation.
Our beloved leader Mahatma Gandhi ji truly said that
” Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
Troubles occurring due to plastic waste:
Asper United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India, India generates 15 million tonnes of plastic waste every year but only one fourth of this is recycled due to lack of a functioning solid waste management system. Plastic waste may take up to 1000 years to decompose in landfills. Plastic waste also comes from the household in the form of daily scrap like use and throw items and plastic items that is made for single use purpose are dumped into outskirt area of cities which make many mountains of waste on vacant lands which can be used for some other useful purposes.
Innovation with plastic waste and creation of wealth:
As with the rapid growth of technology we can buy or sell countless things while sitting at our homes in seconds. Just like any other online shopping platform an application can be built through which anyone can sell their waste material like plastic items, old unusable clothes, old papers or newspapers, wooden scrap or old wooden items or items made with glass with money which can be used again in making new items like plastic toys or wooden toys as our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi recently said that India has potential to become of hub for the global toy industry, old clothes can be converted into new clothes by recycling. If we look over two small countries like Bangladesh and Vietnam, the clothes of these two countries are being sold globally and they have progressed better than India if we see the growth chart of last two or three decades. This application will differ from the traditional Kabadiwala in the following ways:
1. By using this application people can sell their small to small scrap items like pen with money which in turn will reduce the creation of cheap plastic and increase the recycling of plastic waste.
2. The waste items collected from everyplace shall be stored in rooms which will directly be sent for recycling the waste and making new items.
3. People can sell even old clothes, wooden items and plastic or polythene rappers used in packing of items which is of no use once we use the items.
4. Many people will get employment like kabadiwala in collecting those scrap, women or men in making clothes or items with plastics, wood and glass.
5. Wastage of items made with glass, old clothes or wood will be reduced along with plastic.
12th Sustainable Development Goals of United Nations talks about responsible consumption and production which means that we should use the resources of the nature keeping in view the needs of future generation and move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030. This is possible only if we efficiently manage our shared natural resources. Recycling of the waste will certainly provide the benefits to different sections of the society in the form of creating the employment opportunity and create the wealth by exporting our items to other countries as India is already working in the direction of ‘ease of doing business’. This Application will be a very effective tool for managing recycling of the waste and beneficial for all the person linked in this whole process.