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|May 29, 2005 4:27 am||Garbage Collection and Disposal System||#|
Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
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“How is your dad doing?” I asked my friend when I ran into him at the bus stop. “He has a fractured leg.” “What happened? Did he fall in the bathroom or what?” “No, no. You know that he goes for a morning walk every day. Last Monday, he was coming home as usual when he passed the garbage cans at the corner of the lane. The bins were overflowing as usual and so a lot of garbage was on the street. He slipped on a banana skin and got his leg fractured. Look at how he is paying for someone else’s carelessness.” My friend was very angry and frustrated – angry at the thought that people could be so careless and frustrated that he could not do anything about it.
What sight greets you when you go for a morning walk, or when you are on your way to office or market? Overflowing open garbage bins, streets littered with rubbish and an overpowering stench that makes you sorry that you can smell. Most of us choose to hold our nose and carefully thread our way out of the mess keeping our eyes glued to the ground. Walking with heads held high has become a luxury. Can we make that a rule rather than an exception? WE CAN … only if we choose to do something about it.
Anyone can tell you why the situation has come to such a sorry state.
The garbage bins are overflowing most of the times because either there are not enough of them for the locality or the garbage disposal trucks have not cleared them in time. Excess of garbage lies scattered all over the place.
The garbage disposal trucks overfill most of the times with the result that they go on spilling everything on the way to their final destination - the garbage from your home gets distributed all over the town.
There is a simple, a very simple solution to this problem. All you have to do is ascertain the cost of a trip form your area to the disposal grounds and then take up a collection – which probably would not be more than 5 bucks per house. You can use part of the collection to pay up the driver so that he can make a special trip to your area. And the remaining amount can be used to maintain the garbage bins.
Citizen group of the locality should approach the municipal corporation with a request to provide very simple dustbins that won’t fetch any money in the market so as to discourage their stealing. The dustbins should be covered.
Garbage disposal area should be disinfected by spraying medicinal powders.
Segregation of wet and dry garbage should be encouraged and separate dustbins (clearly marked) provided for each type.
Garbage bins should be properly fenced in with simple wooden barricades so as to prevent stray animals or cattle from feeding on garbage.
Citizen group should take action against people chewing on beetle leaves for painting the town red!!
Vegetable and fruit vendors should be made to dispose of the waste into the dustbins and not on the roads.
People should be encouraged to minimize the food waste.
Most important of all, people should be made aware of the fact that they cannot clean their house and throw everything out on the streets. That will go a long way in keeping the area clean.
So take your eyes off that Idiot Box, wake up and take initiative. If you think that you can implement the solutions, go ahead and start working. There surely are a lot of people in your area who want to do something about it but don’t know how. Maybe they are waiting for someone else to take the lead. Be the first one to stand up and take action. Talk to your family, talk to your friends, talk to your neighbours, talk to anyone and everyone who is within earshot and who is willing to listen.
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Private Reply to Don't give up at halftime. Concentrate on winning the second half
|May 29, 2005 5:07 am||re: Garbage Collection and Disposal System||#|
| Hey gokul !|
I really appreciate your idea of giving a solution to this garbage problem - cos we had and still have this garbage problem in my street - a couple of us who were very bothered by basic hygene related issues went upto the corporation to put an end to this problem, But u know what happenned ?? A famous textile showroom near my house perceived a lot of risk , cos they were the main cause of disposing garbage on the roads.....they intervened and even threatened us with a couple of goonda's and asked us to keep quiet !!! :)and as usual the corporation got influenced as well and ditched the whole proposal from our side !!!!
Private Reply to Balaji Seshan
|May 29, 2005 11:55 am||re: re: Garbage Collection and Disposal System||#|
|Sanitary conditions are bound to worsen further in the Urban India, courtesy the bulging population and the ability of the human mind to tolerate increasing problems, as long as they are incremental in nature. The problem will only accentuate with the apparent good signs in the economy that will tell positively on the purchasing power of people. This is the typical Third-World phenomenon today.|
Chennai cannot be an exception. We live in this city and we should be the CHANGE AGENTS to give a push to alter this scenario.
It is the educated lot, like ourselves, who have a great scope to make a commendable impact. We have to get on to the next step of planning to center-stage the issues, after identifying a few at least, to begin with. This requires getting up from chairs, moving out and meeting like-minded friends and plan things that can be easier to implement, to start with.
THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE IN TRANSLATING OUR IDEAS TO ACTION IS OUR INABILITY TO COMPROMISE WITH OUR OWN PERSONAL COMMITMENTS.
THE INTERNET IS A BANE AND A BOON. IT HELPS US SHARE OUR PROBLEMS. BUT IT WILL NOT DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTE TO MAKING SOCIAL CHANGE. WE, WE AND WE ALONE, AS INDIVIDUALS, CAN COME TOGETHER AND EFFECT THE CHANGE. THE CHANGE IS IN OUR MINDS.
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