9th Jan 2018 09:01:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

 Waste management is not about moving garbage from where it is visible to a secluded spot. Segregating biodegradable and non -degradable garbage is the crux of waste management.  

 To improve the solid waste management in the capital complex, authorities have taken the colour-coded dustbin route. Blue, green and red coloured dustbins have been installed at locations hoping to convince citizens to segregate waste. Despite the effort, segregation at source is yet to be adopted by the people as many of them remain unaware of the process of segregation and cannot let go of the habit of clubbing all sort of wastes together. 

 The district administration and the civic body- the Itanagar Municipal Council must launch a segregation campaign for better understanding and assimilation among the public. 

People should be educated about the need of colour-coded waste segregation. To make the drive a success, there is a need to educate people too. Simply installing coloured dustbins is not going to serve the purpose.  Not many people are aware about the specific purpose behind the blue-green coloured dustbins.  Also, more blue-green dustbins must be provided as at the moment they are few and basically limited to commercial or market areas. It will be great if such dustbins can be provided for every couple of houses. 

Authorities will be surprised in knowing that there are many who are conscious of their footprint and want to do their bit for the environment. But the lack of facility and information is a huge deterrent. This is the category of people, the DA and IMC must reach out in their fight against garbage. 

The focus of Swacch Bharat should, therefore, be on motivating and nudging people to reduce their waste and segregate it into wet, dry, recyclables, etc, and for the municipalities to collect this waste and put it through separate treatment streams for resource recovery and dispose of the residue scientifically.

This editorial also applauds the consistent effort of the capital administration and the Itanagar Municipal Council in eliminating the garbage burden of the capital complex. The overall improved garbage management and cleanliness has not gone unnoticed and it is time that all capital residents share the responsibility.



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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