We stay in the cities and create an ample amount of waste neglecting its harmful effects on nature. The situation is that everybody’s complaining about the waste, but no one wants to take a step ahead and do something about it. We relax in our air-conditioned apartments thinking the municipality will take care of it. But it is high time for people to understand that the condition is degrading and something needs to be done as soon as possible. Increasing population, change in consumption patterns, improving household incomes, urban development, have all led to an increase in waste generation. Increased use of plastic and other nonbiodegradable components have increased the issue more.

Bangalore alone creates approximately 5000 tons of waste out of which 60% is organic waste. In today's industrialized era, it is inevitable to produce waste. Although developed countries create more waste as compared to developing countries, these countries have come up with several hi-tech techniques for their waste management. Developing countries are still in the transition towards better waste management, but most of them have flawed ways of collecting and disposal of waste.

We very conveniently blame the government for insufficient waste management plans, but as responsible citizens are we taking a step forward to solve the issue. We still use plastic bottles, plastic bags and litter wrappers on the streets which creates a lot of nonbiodegradable waste. All this leads to our contribution in generating waste. We can change this by using reusable products such as jute bags, copper or steel bottles, wooden toothbrushes, and paper straws. It all comes down to being responsible enough and educating people around yourself by telling them the importance of reusable products. One can curb the amount of waste produced by using reusable containers and not use the plastic bags. They should know the rules of recycling and always segregate their waste into biodegradable and nonbiodegradable. Composting is a good way in which the organic matter can be converted into a fertilizer for plants.

When it comes to neglecting the environment, people have not spared the mountains as well. They go on hiking and camping in the mountains to take a break from the cities which are full of pollution, but they end up littering waste there as well. The mountain trails are filled with plastic water bottles and wrappers. One rule that all the trekkers should follow is the No Trace policy which is, neither you bring something from nature nor you leave anything there. Other ways in which you can be a responsible trekker is by minimizing campfire effects, respecting the wildlife, and disposing of your waste properly.

Nature is very precious and we are constantly spoiling it by our neglected choices. It is our duty to be a responsible citizen and understand the harmful effects of our deeds. Instead of blaming each other we all can work together for a cause and make this planet green again.

waste management , urban , climate change , pollution