RETHINK. RECREATE. REUSE
“I was casually sipping my tea and enjoying the fresh contemporary air when my daughter suddenly called from the kitchen. I rushed inside and saw her looking at the trash bin. She turned around and said, “Mum! I have told you many times not to dump everything together but to keep it separated.” “I’m so sorry dear but I always forget it in the midst of all the hurry. Do you mind telling me once more how to do it?.” “Ok Mum. There are 3 colors for 3 bins-Green, Blue and Red. The Green one is for the organic waste like vegetable peels, food waste etc. The Blue one is for the non-biodegradable stuff like plastic and metal. The Red one is for those waste with which nothing else can be done, like diapers and sanitary waste. Mum, our waste is our sole responsibility and its the least we can do for our planet. ” Saying that she sprinted back to her room after passing that little but very valuable information. Sometimes, words of wisdom coming from a little one can go a long way.
Ours is a very progressive and transforming world. One which is in a rush against time. Everyday there are new inventions and technologies being introduced to make daily lives easier. Population is also on a rise which leads to an increase in the needs. Today, the number of products an average person consumes in a day is almost equal to what 100 people used per day 80 years back. Comparing to the population then, it has grown nearly 18 times today. The ones who are good at math can compare and calculate at what rate we are depleting the resources and adding to the pollution levels, greenhouse emissions in a diminutive millisecond.
Waste is the source and cause of violence. One man’s debris cannot and should not flow into another man’s yard. Many remedies for proper segregation and management of waste has been listed down in textbooks while many are not mentioned anywhere.
“One’s trash is another’s treasure.”
A beautiful and great way to cut back waste is by donating it to swap retailers which are now coming up in different parts of the country. Here, one can leave items which are of no use to them but can still be used by others.
” A lifestyle change to save the world has become an ethical peremptory. ”
Another great way to unyoke and manage waste is by coupling it with ecological agriculture. The remnants from our kitchen can be composted and made into wholesome manure and be used for our kitchen farming which results in a perfect marriage between waste management and organic agriculture.
There are many other ways to carefully manage waste like dumping it in landfills, plastic pyrolysis, gasification etc but all of these will, in one way or the other, have a negative reflex on our environment. Landfills are piling up and releasing toxic fumes. As with plastic pyrolysis,it is environmentally unsound, thermodynamically unproven and practically implausible as it is not sustainable. With regard to gasification, inhalation of toxic gases released from the process can lead to drastic health maladies.
The waste generator is solely responsible for the waste she/he engenders and therefore should take proper measurements to dispose it, especially in a perishable manner. There is no such thing as ‘away’ when it comes to waste management because, when you throw it away, it must go somewhere. Individuals must accept an uncomplicated and sustainable waste disposal mechanism so that she/he can send minute but powerful ripples of change in their micro-enviroment. Its about making something marvelous out of the discarded.