It is high time all the conscious citizen of our country got into action to tackle the solid waste mismanagement and the resultant garbage dumps that are screwing up our environment. Though lots been talked about and done, the solution for garbage crisis seems distant with government and people blaming each other.
But there is no need for the blame game at all. The solution is simple and well within the might of each individual and housing complex in the city that cares a little. All one has to do is, segregate and recycle all the dry solid waste (except very few categories like sanitary and medical waste).
Yes. Storing dry waste and sending it for recycle is all we need to do. While the Chennai Corporation and other municipalities are yet to get their act together to collect separately and prevent inorganic solid waste from going into dumps, the few following players are doing a great job of collecting dry waste from our doorsteps and sending them for recycling. They operate in their own unique models and cover large parts of the Chennai city.
- trashgaadi.com – Works with communities to collect dry waste
- kuppathotti.com – Pays for our dry waste at doorstep monthly
- earthrecycler.in – Collects our dry waste at doorstep – Min 75Kg
- paperman.in – Donates the cash for our trash to NGOs of our choice.
All of them (except paperman which uses kaaylaankadais, some of whom may not take thin plastics) collect all kinds of plastic and e-waste which create the most havoc when they end up in a landfill like Perungudi or Kodungaiyur. They don’t collect used footwear, clothes, bags etc disposing which may not be a major problem for now till a solution is found. The only constraint they have – to make the door to door collection economical they need a minimum quantity of waste to collect – which is why you need to “Store Your Waste” for a month or till you/your locality collect enough for them to roll in their truck.
Now, the immediate question – how to store a month or so of dry solid waste in space constrained cities? The reasonably weather proof and large parcel bags come in as a handy solution to STORE YOUR DRY WASTE in a terrace or portico or any open space that you can find in your household or residential complex. Vendors can help you procure these bags at a price of Rs.20 to Rs.30 each depending on the size. You can buy and reuse them!!
Lets all join hands and make waste recycling a reality and toxic garbage dumps a thing of the past. Lets put an end to the hazardous and illegal dumps and leave our planet liveable for our own children.
Are you going to stop mixing waste or going to enable your apartment complex or street? Please leave a comment here or contact us.