For the past couple of months, the Coimbatore Corporation has been finding it difficult to clear solid waste dumped on city streets. Garbage on streets, overflowing bins and delayed removal are becoming a common sight. The corporation sources said the civic body had started facing problems in the recent past for the last four to six months to be specific to remove the waste generated because of logistical issues.
The waste collected by pushcart workers and waste auto drivers went to bins and from there to transit stations – Peelamedu and Ukkadam, the operators compressed the waste to take it to vellalore for processing.
Besides, the dumping of waste in the open resulted in the waste entering the drain to choke sewage flow. It is said Coimbatore city generates nearly 200 tonnes of solid waste a month and 3000 tonnes annually.
The primary goal of solid waste management is reducing and eliminating adverse impacts of waste materials on human health and the environment to support economic development and superior quality of life. The best way to manage waste is 3 R’s which are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Here are some simple and effective ways of waste management at home:
Avoid plastics, Buy food that has minimal packaging, compost your kitchen waste, perform transactions electronically so that you can minimise the use of paper. Set a goal for reducing the amount of trash generated each week. Use cloth napkins, silver plates instead of paper. If you are remodelling your home, donate old cabinets, doors, fixtures and hardware to the local charity centres.
WHEN YOU REFUSE TO REUSE, IT’S THE EARTH YOU ABUSE.
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