The importance of waste management
Posted on 03-06-2013 | Posted by Admin
Bangalore - Garden City of India but now a city struggling to manage its waste. A city of 8 million directs its waste to three landfills. The recent shutdown of these landfills brought the city to its knees. The residents of Bangalore dealt with the stench and garbage as tonnes of rotten food, flowers, paper, plastic bags flooded the streets. People were forced to walk on the roads as garbage took over the sidewalks. Schools declared holiday to prevent students from falling ill and the rain just made things worse. The villagers near the disposal area complained to KSPCB(Karnataka State Pollution Control Board) of deaths and health problems related to garbage disposal.
Bangalore generates about 4000 tonnes of garbage everyday which are dumped in 310 acres spread across 3 locations. Garbage world over is managed and not just cleared or dumped as it happens in Bangalore. Let us take the city of London for example. London's waste management system is one of the most efficient waste management systems in the world. Here materials that cannot be recycled are converted into green energy. This system has been successful in diverting more than 9 million tonnes of waste from landfill. The energy generated is sufficient to power 72000 homes for a year.
We the residents of Bangalore can learn from - and follow the example set by London. Simple practices like segregation of our wastes can help improve our waste management. At the corporate level setting up of bio fuel plants can help reduce the burden on the waste management system. Switching from plastic to reusable cloth bags and paperless billing are few other measures that can help bring back the 'garden city' that we knew.