A Personal Account: Working in Waste Management & the Significance of Monitoring

You must be wondering what monitoring has to do with waste management. It’s a big part of my job, and an important one at that. As we all are aware, monitoring can refer to the observation of a certain activity over time for the purpose of measuring progress.

Monitoring is a core aspect in waste management because it identifies progress in streamlining the flow of waste. For example, take the following problem that I frequently come across: there are 10 blocks in an apartment complex and only a few blocks are segregating; and mixed waste is coming from the remaining blocks.

Now that we know what the issue is,  how do we address the issue? This is where monitoring plays a key role.

It is an important responsibility for the monitoring individual, such as myself, to identify the households which are not segregating by going into the field and talking to people to obtain accurate and useful information.

The benefits? Identification of key households can help me focus my efforts on a couple residents. I can provide further education and training to residents as well as housekeeping staff on the importance of segregation at source and the implementation of waste management in their apartment.

Briefly, the benefits of monitoring waste:

·        Identifies flaws in implementation of segregation at source

·        Helps to further reduce landfill waste

·        In the big picture, keeps our activities environmentally sustainable

Conclusion: Monitoring plays a key role in helping me measure progress over a period of time. I believe that as citizens of this country we need to be accountable for the waste we generate and its management through regular monitoring of ourselves and others who have to be held accountable. This is the best way achieve a zero waste Bangalore.

How do you monitor your own waste segregation activities and what advice can you suggest for improvements? Please leave your comments below.

 

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You must be wondering what monitoring has to do with waste management. It’s a
big part of my job, and an important one at that. As we all are aware, monitoring
can refer to the observation of a certain activity over time for the purpose of
measuring progress.
Monitoring is a core aspect in waste management because it identifies progress
in streamlining the flow of waste. For example, take the following problem that I
frequently come across: there are 10 blocks in an apartment complex and only a
few blocks are segregating; and mixed waste is coming from the remaining blocks.
Now that we know what the issue is, how do we address the issue? This is where
monitoring plays a key role.
It is an important responsibility for the monitoring individual, such as myself, to
identify the households which are not segregating by going into the field and
talking to people to obtain accurate and useful information.
The benefits? Identification of key households can help me focus my efforts on
a couple residents. I can provide further education and training to residents as
well as housekeeping staff on the importance of segregation at source and the
implementation of waste management in their apartment.
Briefly, the benefits of monitoring waste:
• Identifies flaws in implementation of segregation at source
• Helps to further reduce landfill waste
• In the big picture, keeps our activities environmentally sustainable
Conclusion: Monitoring plays a key role in helping me measure progress over a
period of time. I believe that as citizens of this country we need to be accountable
for the waste we generate and its management through regular monitoring
of ourselves and others who have to be held accountable. This is the best way
achieve a zero waste Bangalore.

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