My Waste My responsibility!!
Little Act great goals….
I believe in Modi mantra of “Swatch Bharath Sundar Bharath”. It’s not somebody’s responsibility to pick our waste. It’s our responsibility. Please pick the waste and put in the right bin. ‘My Waste My Responsibility”, is the mantra for No Dumping, many non-profit organisation that aims at having cities without dumpsites. This is working in many parts of India. Isn’t it a great one! “My waste, My responsibility” A change in the paradigm of waste management. Keep our surroundings clean, make the earth green. Cleanliness is an emblem of purity of mind. Anti-Litter, Don’t Be Bitter, Stop This Litter! Green Earth.
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 Maths 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. We citizens tend to think that our responsibility with regard to the waste we generate is confined, at most, to putting it in the bin.
But what if this slogan of ‘My Waste My Responsibility’ is applied to recycling and disposal? Recycling is simple. No doubt we want “responsible” people to recycle as much garbage as possible through drop-off or buyback centers, and curbside recycling. The focus is to not burden the landfills with unsegregated, non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste. To achieve their objective of no dumping, we the individuals, organisations, and institutions in segregating and managing the waste.
The waste which is collected at home or organization must be segregated into three broad categories, wet (biodegradable)waste, dry (non-biodegradable) waste and sanitary waste. Waste is collected from different locations including apartments, associations, and airport. There are a number of important reasons that we encourage waste segregation; legal obligations, cost savings and protection of human health and the environment. As a business, you should make it as easy as possible for your staff to correctly segregate their waste. This can include labelling, making sure you have enough accessible bins and making it clear why segregation is so important. So next time you’re presented with a choice to put your plastic bottle in a dry waste bin , reach over to the plastic one and pop it in there.
Landfills cause environmental problems, such as unpleasant smells and contaminants and toxins leeching into water and the air. Educate staff and students about using other ways of disposing of waste, such as recycling, reusing and composting. For recycling to work, educating students and staff is essential. That the way we collect, treat and recycle waste in our town, in our region and in our country necessarily requires cooperation and responsible behavior by all citizens. It is a legal obligation and, much more importantly, a social and moral obligation.
Responsibility” – I’m all for it, as long as protecting public health and cost efficiency are its primary considerations. But if responsibility means drawing irrelevant lines in the sand, that’s just irresponsible. No rule, no law can make you segregate and manage waste. It is us who can be the change. If we spend little time and efforts then we can bring a big change. A small change in our behavior and learning process and be the harbinger of change
Let’s be a Responsible citizen!!