Waste into Wealth

 

Whenever we want to take a selfie or shoot a photograph we always try
to ignore or confront the waste which makes the image unpleasant. To
get a pleasing image we always try to make sure to not to have single
wafer lying around which may destroy the image. When we are so
cautious about the clean & beautiful pictures then why not to be about
our environment, about our own Mother planet?
The government’s strong pitch move; ‘Waste into Wealth’ after
‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ which was recently ‘expanded’ by the
Finance Minister during the budget as ‘to undertake sustainable solid
waste management in every village’. Now the question arises that will
the public do something or say a bit to clean the environment?
The drastic and alarming climatic changes which we are facing are not
only disturbing the environment but also giving rise to health problems.
Global warming is on a rise due to which Earth’s temperature is
frequently changing. The reason for these temperature changes is
waste and the fuel which is not decomposed properly. Due to which the
country is facing massive waste management issues. The wastes are
being dumped into a landfill sites or dumping grounds, generating toxic
gases, inflammable fumes which leads to pollution. The decomposition
of the waste produces a toxic liquid called Leachate which is
undoubtedly creating deplorable conditions to sustain a living for
agriculture sector. The life of the people and environment is badly
affected.
Turning rubbish into wealth is a big-big challenge as it is everyone’s
duty. Though India has exotic places which are clean but if you pan a
camera you will find filthy places too. Waste consists of various

materials like paper, glass, plastic, kitchen-waste, polythene, chemicals,
rubber, e-waste, etc.
Electronic equipments such as mobile phones, refrigerators, laptops, air
conditioners, headphones etc end up as e-waste. According to India
Today reports; around 45 million tonnes of e-waste is generated every
year globally and is expected to grow to 52.2 million tonnes in two
years. And India is among the five biggest producers of e-waste. The
volume of e-waste is growing at a rate of 4% every year to meet the
consumer’s demand. And these wastes how to be handled, will be
continued to be disposed in a manner which will harm human and
environment. To reduce these drastic issues the only responsible way is
to refurbish e-waste.
Despite of government initiatives many organizations and schools are
also working upon sustainably managing the waste. For instance,
Akshar Foundation School in Assam asking parents to pay their
children’s school fees with plastic waste. Each student is requested to
bring atleast 25 items of plastic waste every week.
A great inspiring example could also be seen of a small village of
Kamikatsu in the south west Japan. The village stands out as the zero
waste village of the world. Their efforts of properly segregating and
eventually minimized the solid waste made the village free from waste.
A non-profit organization and a registered society committed to
cleaning up India; ‘Waste Warriors’ with an aim to fight a war against
filthy areas to a cleaner area has collected 5 tonnes of waste in
Himalaya Clean up expedition. They have done extensive work in the
area of waste collection and waste management. Their efforts have

made Triund (Himachal Pradesh), a hiking destination as one of the
cleanest hiking destinations in India.
To make a cleaner and greener India, it’s a social responsibility to be
aware of consequences. As a responsible citizen one ought to be aware
of what do on nature and environment. The fundamental principles of
waste are Recycle, Reuse and Reduce. Reuse whatever you can, and
recycle whatever you can.
There are many ways to avoid this catastrophe:
1. Residential societies can locally produce their biodegradable
waste
2. Plastic bags should be banned which will reduce plastic pollution.
3. Municipalities should not transport the waste openly
4. Sweeping of streets must be done everyday
5. Dry and wet waste can be disposed by making a compost pit.
6. A door-to-door dustbin can be placed after every door so as to
avoid litter on streets.

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