The way we live and work for our life and family in the society, maybe we are compromising with our long term health.
It is absolutely an open secret that we fail everyday to handle our garbage properly. Recent incident in Bangalore regarding garbage disposal might set an alarm to the society. However we are so perfectly adapted to listen to alarms that those apprehensions leave no affect on us in any aspect. Some of our indifferent and careless attitude creates this problem. First of all, we don’t realise what happens to that garbage thrown away from our homes. Next we don’t understand what garbage we dispose. And finally we never find why do we have any garbage at our home?
We blame our government very often for not managing the garbage properly but as a result of garbage mismanagement, we all are affected in some way or the other. No matter what we believe, or what explanation we give or a blame game we play it is after all ending to a toxic lifestyle for one and all. It is actually and literally affecting health of all of us in our society.
Now we have to understand how our garbage is created. It can be liquid waste (waste water from home), solid waste (old newspaper, broken furniture, food), hazardous waste (mostly plastic, some chemicals, glass utensils, mercury-containing equipment) etc. Among those, some wastes are rubbish, however bio-friendly, but some wastes can be really hazardous for our environment. We discard paint, motor oil from our garage which is extremely dangerous for our soil and plant life. We have a funny notion that if we throw the garbage away from our premises, our family is safe. We don’t keep the warning of Central Pollution Control Board in our mind that 10 thousand tons of plastic waste is generated per day. Will that plastic not become our nightmare for us and for our future generation?
How does this waste affect us? They have environmental effects (like surface water and soil contamination, air and land pollution etc) and some economic effects. It is the example of domestic and cosmopolitan effects. But there are many examples which will shiver our spine. Have you listened about ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’? It is an accumulation of plastics, fishing lines, and other marine and land debris that has a stretch of hundred miles in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This has such a widespread effect on the marine life and water that we even can’t imagine. Some materials among that garbage like Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, Vinyl chloride, Styrene have such widespread negative impact on innocent animals which we can’t describe in this small space of article.
What should we do?
Can’t we think of a little waste management?
It is not as tough as it sounds. Just now we are not going to discuss a big idea like the waste management of a cosmopolitan city. We shall just think about a little waste management at our domestic life. It is very easy to practise.
We can do it by two ways — REDUCE and REUSE.
Reduce – We can reduce our garbage by using cloth bags or steel container instead of plastic. We can buy food that has less packaging. We should avoid bottled water as much as we can. And finally we can try to reduce our paper usage by using laptop, smart phones etc.
Reuse – Except this we can reuse and recycle our wastes to reduce the creation of garbage. Our kitchen wastage is not always a bad wastage. It can be used as a fodder for our cattle or as organic manure in our kitchen garden. Check, if your wardrobe is over filled with clothes. If it is, then donate. We can reuse the containers at ease before we throw them away. To practise it in our society or locality we can make some room for others. Just believe, it will be much fun to save our planet from garbage.