Waste generation is an incidence that’s always bound to occur. When you drink the water in a sachet, you have the waste as the sachet. The leaf used in preparing moi-moi, or the plastic used for the production of cups for your ice-cream. All these and even more items form the bases of waste around us.
Since we produce and generate this waste, how do we dispose of them?
Are they thrown away carelessly? The worse of this practices are exhibited on a moving vehicle. From personal experience, especially during the rush hours, commercial vehicles are hub for the inefficient disposal. From the back seat, Miss C is busy breaking the pods of her groundnuts and throwing the shell out the window.
Mr B is purchasing a sausage roll and a soft drink from the street vendor and as expected, he doesn’t dispose of it properly but just flings the plastic bottle into the road and he is satisfied that he has properly disposed the item. Are you familiar with this scene , or you are Miss C or Mr B ?
The issue of proper waste disposal is an issue which affects the environmental safety and public health. The issue of these forms of disposal are as a result of the perception people have of waste products.
Waste product are seen as undesirable materials without any value or worth and they are handled as such. But we’ve been opportune to see innovations and artistic work of people using this same materials termed “waste product” and they make good money from it.
Aside the fact that disposal culture in Nigeria is very poor, individuals do not see it as part of their responsibility to ensure that the environment is clean and clear of waste.
We are all manufacturers of these waste product and should be accountable for it in other to reduce certain illnesses propelled by the waste.
The best means to tackle this problem is by a system known as WASTE DISPOSAL.
This simply means managing the waste product, from the point of extraction, through mobility and its eventual destruction and eradication or better still recycling.
The government in a bid to curtail this problem, assigned a day of obligation known as Sanitation day to ensure that citizens all over the country work together to keep their environment clean and hygienic. Are these laws enforceable?
How many people still observe the day of sanitation and what is the penalty for people who don’t?
Proper waste disposal and management is for the benefit of all because;
It creates a safe and hygienic environment. When the environment is clean, it eliminates breeders for certain pathogens.
Proper waste management eliminates air contamination, leads to a cleaner environment with fresh air reducing the impact of harmful pollution.
As earlier stated, there are people who make art from waste. This has created an avenue for people to make money and create jobs for themselves.
Reusing certain waste materials can have useful impact on the ecosystem. Reusing or Recycling can affect the overall production line. Recycling paper = less tree are cut down.we all know the importance of trees to our environment.
It begins with you and I. Start safe practices and people will emulate. Do not be like Miss C, when you get into commercial vehicle, dispose all materials careful. Do not litter.
As good citizens, we must try to abide by the rules and observe the day of Sanitation. For our health benefit and for the society. The society is made up of all of us and we should work together to ensure our safety and well being in the society. Cleanliness they say is next to godliness