Waste is a reality
It is an irony of all the earthly functions that worthy and waste exist alongside. Ignite a flame to dispel darkness, and bear with undesirable fumes and ash!Leafy trees and vegetation may be life to parks and gardens, but the heaps of their dead leaves and branches are also an unpleasant reality. We go to mess, hotels, canteens and restaurants for delicious, scrumptious and varieties of food, but rarely do we take note of the leftovers and green wastages that constitute tons of everyday garbage. Offering fragrant flowers, sacred leaves and unblemished fruits at temples, gurudwaras and mosques is indeed our traditional way of paying respect to the almighty, but these very offerings of flowers etc. soon start rotting and if not removed quickly may spoil the sanctity of these places.
Waste management is the way
Lots of efforts are going on to deal with the problem of waste. One step extensively advised, and also widely practised, is to discard wet and dry waste vis-à-vis organic and inorganic waste into separate waste-baskets. Inorganic waste consisting of polythene, glass and metal can be recycled and reused. But recycling of organic waste has largely been non-existent. The common practice hitherto has been that Municipal trucks carry away the organic waste and dump them into landfill sites.
Time to look beyond landfills
The land filling of waste has outlived its purpose, especially as the urban waste is growing unchecked. Besides, land filling is an ineffective solution to tackle the organic waste. It harms the environment and poisons the underground waterbed. All that a hotel, temple, canteen, residential society, vegetable market etc. have been doing so far is that in order to keep their campuses clean they throw their organic garbage in the public space, and which eventually reaches landfills. This must change.
Some genius entrepreneurs have gotten to the bottom of the problem since the National Swachhta Abhiyan has taken off on prime minister Narendra Modi’s call. Very efficient and cost effective waste reprocessors have been developed for disposing of organic waste. As a result, nothing is now needed to be thrown away as garbage or waste out of a campus. This de-centralized method of converting garbage into organic manure is the best possible way to manage bio-degradable waste.