The Lakkasandra Program sensitized school children on waste segregation by involving them in door-to-door campaigning and street play with Saahas employees and volunteers from event partner Bosch.
But what do programs like these aim to achieve? A few weeks ago, I went to a restaurant and saw a young girl wiping her hands with a paper towel. I watched the towel slip from her hands and waited for her to pick it up, but she was oblivious to it and just moved away.
This incident made me realize the importance of educating children the waste management. If you segregate waste and have the habit of dropping it into a trash bin, then the psychological phenomenon of ‘modeling’ would occur: your kids would learn from and imitate your behavior.
Only by setting an example can we sensitize children to the importance of managing waste responsibly. Below are details on how to segregate waste and the positive effects on our city.
Waste segregation is the separation of different types of waste:
- Wet waste (leftover food, meat, egg shell, fruits, vegetables) composted as a rich source for the growth of plants
- Dry waste (paper, milk packet, carton box, PET bottle, glass) recycled into products such as notebooks, pens, notepads, & carry bags
- Sanitary waste (diapers, syringes, hair) give to BBMP for disposal
Waste segregation at source would help to:
- Return Bangalore to its former renown as the Garden City
- Reduce pollution
- Protect citizens from airborne diseases
Under ideal circumstances, 90% of waste is recyclable and only 10% needs to end up at a landfill. But in reality, we are far from this perfect situation.
But still the question remains: what action can be taken to achieve greater participation with waste segregation? How, where and when can you start reducing the waste being sent to landfills? The best way to start is in the comfort of your own home.
Keep separate bins for dry waste, wet waste and sanitary waste. A single household can be a role model for the entire neighbourhood.
Your family could be a model for like-minded neighbours who want a healthy, cleaner and eco-friendly city, just like the Lakkasandra school children were for their neighbourhood.
School children listening intently
Conclusion: Waste segregation at source is important and needs to be followed by everyone to contribute towards a clean and green Bengaluru. Are you ready for the change? Join hands to save the environment and mankind by segregating in your own home and talking about your motivations in your own neighbourhood. If you would like to know what you can do after you segregate your waste follow our blog and stay tuned for more blog posts!
Do you manage your waste responsibly? Do you want to be part of a cleaner Bengaluru? Got suggestions for us? Leave your comments below and let us know!