24th Apr 2018 11:04:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

There is waste management and there is plastic waste management to be precise. Even when waste management is a pressing concern for the administration the latter poses the most challenge as it needs a different approach all together. Without addressing this issue, there is not much meaning to waste management.

As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of garbage that people produce. On-the-go lifestyles require easily disposable products, such as soda cans or bottles of water, but the accumulation of these products has led to increasing amounts of plastic pollution around the world. As plastic is composed of major toxic pollutants, it has the potential to cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water and land pollution.

In the past the capital administration had made several ‘abortive’ attempts to ban plastic use especially in the form of carry bags. However, doing so has been no easy feat and after a short time period the administrators’ diktat loses steam faced with an incorrigible populace.

Plastics make up for almost ninety percent of the garbage of the capital complex. With no concrete solid waste management plan, the administration is seemingly helpless to tackle the menace. There is a need to create awareness among the people and market bodies must also be coaxed to dissuade plastic use among the business community. If plastic is banned in the state, the monumental garbage problem will be within solution.

Given the mass participation across the state in cleanliness drives, these are quiet pointers at the albeit small but significant mindset change among the people. No matter of critiquing can diminish the fact that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has definitely impacted the way people now perceive the problem of cleanliness and sanitation. As opposed to earlier times, people have grown conscious about their eco-footprint and also of the potential of individual effort in bringing about change.

Change begins with small efforts and citizens on a personal level must try to shrug off their dependence on plastics wherever possible. Saying no to polythene carry bags might seem like a trivial act but imagine when a lakh plus capital dwellers do this—the world would be a much cleaner place.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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