Being an Indian, you can’t NOT be aware of PM Narendra Modi’s most important campaign (after demonetization of course!)…Yes, we are referring to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the wave of cleanliness to make our nation a better place to live. This campaign brought out many offbeat ideas by the citizens, to keep their cities clean. One such monumental idea is Waste Sorting. Let’s dig in deeper!
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1. What is Waste Sorting? :
Waste sorting is an effective technique to recycle the waste disposed of, collected and removed from public places. Garbage so collected is identified and separated into different elements either manually at home, or through various collection schemes.
2. Why is Waste Sorting necessary? :
Thanks to the latest fashion trends, with consumption habits going up the hill, as compared to our dads and mums, our present generation creates more waste that is largely biodegradable. This waste, if just littered without thinking what’s recyclable and what’s not, not only creates problems in its disposal but also raises a question on your education.
Unsorted waste ends up in landfills that pollute both the water that we drink and air that we breathe. Hence, waste sorting and management becomes inevitable for a better lifestyle.
3. How should we sort waste effectively? :
The best remedy for waste sorting is the Three-bin System. All you need to do is place three different coloured dustbins, with the type of waste, these are for printed/drawn on them, at every short distance. The first dustbin is meant for all the wet waste- leftover food and organic food peels. Second is for dry, recyclable waste such as metals, plastic and paper. Finally, the third is the real rubbish comprising of hazardous domestic waste such as batteries, expired medicines, CDs, etc.
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4. Common misconceptions :
A lot of people think waste sorting is the duty of hospitals. Well, not really. You need to be wise in disposing waste even at home and office. Take a minute to calculate in your head, which trash goes where. Within a few days, you will be habitual to waste sorting, and will effectively be able to contribute towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
It is our collective responsibility to manage the residue of our evolved lifestyle. A small change in our daily routine could bring a remarkable difference to the nation!