A town in Japan is doing what we Indians need to do as early as possible. Otherwise, in coming years, we will be sitting on our own pile of garbage.
Currently, the Japanese town recycles 80% of the waste it generates and is working toward getting 100% of the garbage recycled by 2020. It is not an easy task to do but once the people of town realised the harm garbage could do, with bit of reluctance they started recycling the garbage.
Under the zero waste program, the work of the residents include segregating the wastes into 34 different categories, wash the containers thoroughly so that there is no remains.
When it comes to us, we are the world’s third largest garbage generator. 62 million tonnes of garbage is generated everyday by the 377 million people living in urban India and more than 45 million tonnes of garbage is untreated and disposed off in unhygienic ways.
We need to learn fast and ensure garbage treatment is done. This needs citizen to work together; if we wait for politicians to do the work, then it will be too late.