Down in dumps
The matter of waste management is a serious one. It needs to be addressed promptly and competently. What does one gain out of amassing mountains of trash? It only blocks productive land and supplies toxins around. Burning garbage is to cause environmental hazard through air pollution.
Leaving it will poison land and water. The way out of it remains to recycle it. The Scandinavian countries import garbage to produce their electricity. We have plenty. People need to be sensitive to keeping bio-degradable and non-bio-degradable wastes separate so as to recycle it. Unfortunately, the financial and institutional capacity in our municipal systems has collapsed.
There is little accountability. In the long term, the Delhi government and Centre, allied with the municipal corporations, will have to sit together and formulate ways to fix systemic problems that have affected this city’s waste management system. Even though the process of collection, segregation, storage, transportation, processing and disposal of solid waste are detailed in the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000, little has been done to enforce them. Authorities must show greater urgency.