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Waste Segregation – Need of the hour (World Environment Day, 2017)?

I was searching for inspiration on how I can play my part for the World Environment Day, 2017 (June 5). I could not do much; however, on my visit to Trivandrum, I discovered that the society we stayed in had robust waste segregation measures in place.

Every flat of the society was allotted two garbage bins – a green and a blue one, with lids. Rules regarding waste segregation were posted in the lobby area of each of the building of the society. Wet waste needs to be put in the green bin and the ‘other wastes’ in the blue bin. Clarification was provided regarding ways of disposal of the latter which included a wide range of household waste.

Among the rules was a critical line – the non-segregated waste will ‘NOT’ be picked up by the door-to-door waste collection personnel.

I was impressed with the efficacy of the system.

Further, I decide to see what happens to the segregated waste. I was further surprised that the society complex had an in-built waste treatment system in place. I was told that while the food waste is composted, the other waste (that which cannot be recycled) is incinerated. There was a sewage treatment plant as well, all built in the basement of the building. (See the pictures below) The use of incinerator for combustion of household waste can be debated; however, recycling is definitely a safe, sustainable option.

The bottom line is that pro-active, futuristic buildings have already starting doing their bit. Waste here is treated as a ‘resource’ as food waste generates manure for the up-keeping of the park area of the building. Further, the  recyclable waste fetches some revenue; and this way, the entire bulk of household waste is prevented from becoming an eye-sore in some part of the city, as well as a social and environmental nuisance (remember, gases from waste decomposition in landfills contribute to the dangerous ‘climate change’).

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in India has already made ‘Waste Segregation’ a theme for this year’s World Environment Day. The real difference will be when this is done in every household and every building in our country. and our world..!

…Wishing a very happy and inspiring ‘World Environment Day’ to all!

 

 

World Environment Day – June 5

World Environment Day –

June 5 is the date every year…! The official website is http://www.unep.org/wed/

“World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.”[1]

This year’s theme is “SIDs (Small Island Developing States) in the broader context of climate change…”

As the climate change is becoming more evident by the day, among the more vulnerable are the small island countries.

How?

Global Warming, the cause of climate change, in general, is leading to increase in temperatures, causing ice-caps to melt…this, in turn, increases sea-levels and affect sea winds, causing widespread changes in climatic patterns…countries surround by sea understandably, are most likely to be affected by the above mentioned phenomena…!

At the end, it is not about one group of countries… it is about ONE AND THE ONLY PLANET WE HAVE…EARTH!

This day, can we mold our lifestyle to a more sustainable one?

Happy World Environment Day!

 

 

 

 

[1] UNEP http://www.unep.org/wed/about/#.U4y3CnKSzn8