The world is facing a waste management crisis. According to BBC, the world produces over two billion tonnes of municipal solid waste every year, enough to fill over 8,00,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. If we humans continue to further like this, we might not be able to survive as our lands and oceans will be filled with immense amounts of garbage.
There should be steps taken to mitigate this problem, and be fought with strong will and unity, and here are some steps that our governments should implement to manage all kinds of waste, non-biodegradable, or mixed organic waste. Here are some steps that the government must take:
1. Create Awareness: It is imperative that awareness must be spread at ground level and workshops are conducted for households- area wise. This is necessary because if people are not well aware of the initiatives taken by the government, it can hardly be expected from them to obey/support the same. Thus municipalities must take steps to create awareness about the benefits of managing waste.
2. Make it part of school curriculum: Students are the future of any nation, and if they are taught well and educated well to follow the rules of waste management then we can expect a better future and smarter actions. Making it a part of the curriculum will inculcate not just the values of the cause but also will inculcate logic and reasoning towards saving the environment. Also, children have the power to create a psychological change in their parents; thus, children must be taught proper waste management to encourage sustainable living from childhood.
3. Install Organic Waste Reprocessor: There are a few organizations in our country who have ventured into designing technology that converts waste at a much faster rate and causes waste disposal and decomposition. Clean India Ventures is endeavoured to create a green, healthy and waste-free environment for the futures to come. Government must invest in such technologies and provide an easy organic waste converter process to the people living in large societies or sectors, thus helping with the waste management process at source.
4. Encourage Segregating waste at source: Be it a home, office, mall, or a commercial space, the governments must encourage people to segregate waste and use the dustbins as labelled. This is necessary because these are the places that produce maximum waste per day and if managed properly at the source, at least segregated well, will help solve a big problem. Big landfills are increasing every single day because this step of the waste management process is omitted. Thus, governments must encourage segregation of waste at the source.
5. Decentralized System of Waste Management: To continue towards a smarter future, state-level / district-level governments must instruct/advise big industries or organizations to set up their decentralized system of waste management. This will again solve the problem of waste management, as whatever the mixed organic waste is produced will be managed at the site.
Above are the few steps that the government must begin with to control and manage waste that is affecting our environment.