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A major problem according to you might be of least importance to me. But if we don’t take this seriously we are in for a state of doom!
Before starting off, lets address the elephant in the room. Whats the problem?
Pollution of water sources for the world originates from haphazard disposal of solid wastes, discharge of untreated or inadequately treated wastewater to water sources, lack of standard sanitary facilities and poor hygienic practices. Contaminated water used for human consumption can lead to serious health problems e.g. cholera, typhoid, skin diseases, etc.
Landfills are an increasingly pressing problem. Less and less land is available to deposit refuse, but the volume of waste is growing all time. As a result, segregating waste is not just of environmental importance, but of economic concern, too.
Waste at landfills is usually compressed to save space. Each day’s deposit is covered with a layer of dirt to discourage insects and rodents and to help shed rain and thus minimize leachate. But the result is an almost oxygen-free environment. When organic materials decompose in such anaerobic conditions they produce methane, a greenhouse gas.
According to Wikipedia,
Waste management or Waste disposal is all the activities and actions required to manage waste from its inception to its final disposal. This includes collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste together with monitoring and regulation. It also encompasses the legal and regulatory framework that relates to waste management encompassing guidance on recycling etc.
Now that we understand the problem, there are simple and complex steps that can be taken to address the issue. Lets see what the world did?
- Trading trash for Healthcare in Indonesia- Connection between general health and the fact that less than half of the 55,000 tons of garbage gets collected in Malang City, Indonesia. Using trash as currency, Dr. Gamala Albinsaid created the Garbage Clinical Insurance, which trades garbage for medical services and medicines.
- Converting Garbage into Reusable energy in Sweden- Sweden is well-known for its progressive environmental strides — the Scandinavian country’s waste-to-energy system efficiently provides direct heating to 950,000 Swedish households and electricity to 260,000 homes. Sweden recycles and sorts its trash so effectively that less than 1% ends up in landfills.
- Paving the Streets with Plastic in India- Chemistry professor Rajagopalan Vasudevan devised a way to transform common plastic litter into a substitute for bitumen — the main ingredient in asphalt used for road construction. By looking at increased levels of plastic waste due to India’s rapid economic development as a blessing in disguise, the eternal optimist views trash as a treasure trove of untapped resources.
- Meet Mr Trash Wheel From USA- This solar and water powered trash cleaner collects litter and debris flowing down the Baltimore River. In the last 3 years this wonder machine has removed 1.1 million pounds of garbage from the river.
Now what did I do? I took a simple problem statement, the following statement, and converted that into an idea.
One middle-aged housewife living in R.K. Puram, New Delhi, India said, “I have never segregated waste earlier. It becomes difficult to make sure that all your family members are putting plastic bags, empty glass bottles, batteries, etc in the right bag.”
Thus, the idea was born! Educating people on how to segregate waste was the need of the hour. This is when it struck me that awareness is the key to achieve success in this game-changing idea. From tiny tots to grown-ups everyone has a role to play. Change will be evident from the grassroots level.
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