MY WASTE,My RESPONSIBILITY
Every person have responsibilities for their society and one of them is to keep their society clean and waste free.Waste free society can only exist when that society have proper waste management system. Waste management includes the actions required to manage wastes from its collection to disposal . This whole process includes ,collection to transport to treatment and then finally disposing . But all these processes can be easily done when people try to understand the importance of clean and safe environment in this industrial era.
Society’s Irresponsibility for waste management:
The wastes products that people usually don’t throw into the dustbins or its proper place has been now become the reason for all the problems that our planet faces today. Beacuse the people treat their house as the heaven that should be neat and clean .But they treat the public property like roads , parks , gardens etc. as the part of another planet that can be either dirty or filthy ,don’t matter for them and throw their wastes here.
We are using public property at all the time and continuously . The fact is that if we can not make it clean than we have no right to make it filthy. By making our nearby area dirty , we are making whole environment unfit and unhealthy for all. Because the nearby wastes products give rise to many disease like malaria , dengu , typhoid etc. Now after pandemic of Covid 19 ,it become more necessary to keep ourselves clean ,this can only be possible when we take from healthy and clean environment.
The one of the biggest mistakes that usually people do is the non biodegradable wastes like plastics into the drains, kennels, gutters ,etc. These wastes accumulate and block the water and then that dirty water flow on the road . This not only give rise to diseases but sometimes become the reason for natural disasters like flood.
For example: Recently in 2020 the reason for the flooding of the OSMANIA GENERAL HOSPITAL in Hyderabad is the improper drainage system. There are many other examples liked that ,caused a wide devastation .
THE FACT IS WE ARE LIVING ON THIS PLANET AS IF WE HAD ANOTHER ONE TO GO.
Proper steps for wastes management to live a healthy life:
♦ By common people:
Wrong way⇒People usually take their dustbins and throw all the wastes of it in the nearby UNFENCED PLOT which we usually called “GHOORA″ in dialy language. This provides a very unhealthy environment. By doing so these people not only putting their lives at risk but also the small children who play there .
Correct way→In urban areas municipality keeps green , blue, and yellow dustbins . Green for kitchen wastes like vegetables skin ,Blue for plastics and other biodegradable wastes,and yellow for paper and sanitary wastes.
We should take our dustbins and put the wastes products of it into these three dustbins . And this must be our responsibility towards environment. In some rural areas nagar palika may not provide the concept of three coloured dustbins but still it provides proper system for waste management and rural people should follow these.
As being a common citizen what another thing we can do at ground level is to follow the principal of 3R’s.
Reduce : Reduce the consumption of various resources wherever possible.
Recycle: There are many items that whic can be easily recycled. It is another way of reducing the demand for natural resources.
Reuse:Many items can be reused for many times like plastics container, plastics can etc.
♦ By municipality/ nagarpalika:
After the collection of garbages in local dustbins, municipality workers carry these wastes along with them .And proper treatment for these wastes will occur like vermicomposting,landfillings etc.Solids ,liquids and gaseous wastes have different mety for disposing.
♦ By industries:
In saving lives of people macro industries / factories can play a crucial role. Industrials liquid wastes,solid wastes,like plastics ,tiny metals etc.thrown into the rivers, infact big rivers by industrial workers .These plastics get disintegerated into microplastics due to strong ocean currents and finally reach our stomach through the food we eat and water we drink . This is the matter of concern physically , socially, and economically too. So for the sake of people every industry either big or small should have proper waste management system.
Government initiatives for a healthy environment:
• One of the largest mission launched by the government is the Swachh Bharat Mission in 2014 to eliminate open defecation and improve solid waste management. Not only this ,earlier governments have also spent a lot of money for environment protection. Now many countries of world working globally to tackle the problem of waste management and environment. They are doing many formal and informal meetings and signed many treaties to tackle this.
• United Nations Environment program (UNEP) the first UN program focused solely on environmental issues .
• The UNFCC ( United Nations Framework convention on climate change) negotiated and signed by 154 states at the UN conference informally known as the earth summit held in Rio De jannerio in 1992. It was a historic summit sought to help government rethink economic development and find ways to stop polluting the planet and depleting its natural resources.
• In 2015 the UN summit on sustainable development gave birth to agenda 2030 and it’s sustainable development goals. All of thes sustainable development goals have some connection to the environment. The SDGs with direct connection are goal 6 (clean water and sanitation), goal 7 (affordable and clean energy ) goal 11 (sustainable cities and communities ) Goal 12 (respnosible consumption and production),Goal 13(climate action).
Taking breath in fresh environment ,walking on clean road ,gazing long green grass without black polythene and garbage, is one of the most wonderful feeling which will realx our meeting mind and body.To feel this feeling we will have to take initiative from today,right now, especially the youth who are to celebrate the most fortunate day that is 100 anniversary of independence day in future . And that independence day will be real independence day when all people will understand their responsibility towards the cleaned environment for their country.
It is the greatest of all the mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little Do what you can because one day little become big.