Nowadays we are producing more and more rubbish. Why do you think this is happening? What can governments do to help reduce the amount of rubbish produced?
It cannot be denied that almost all major developing and developed countries have been facing issues related to reducing the amount of waste produced, recycling it and disposing waste for decades now. As population grows, the need grows. As the need grows, the production and consumption grows. As production and consumption grows the amount of waste also grows. It is not just a simple process which can be brought to an end on a particular day. Research and proper analysis is required to make amendments in this regard.
As we move further, we notice the growth in the rate of population. The field of medicine has improved a lot and the mortality rate has been brought down tremendously. It is in this scenario the amount of waste also increases as more and more people demand, buy, consume and throw away a lot of waste without knowing what their action causes to the Mother Earth. Several companies and countries have banned plastic product and plastic containers. Yet, the production has not been fully banned in most of the developing world. Until we put an end to the production of products that are hazardous and harmful, we are continuously going to face issues with regards to accumulation of waste.
Moreover, many developed countries don’t have proper waste management systems. People grab things from the market, use it and throw away the waste without categorising them into different bins separately allowed for plastic waste, food waste and paper waste. Paper waste can be recycled and reused. Food waste can be decomposed. The only problem is with the plastic waste. The plastic waste can be reduced only by cutting the manufacturing and supplying chains. Imposing a huge tax and fine on manufacturers and suppliers of plastic materials can reduce the impact to a great extent.
In addition, Mobile phones, Electronic devices and Gadgets that we use in office and home are usually not decomposed like food waste and the cost of repairing and re-using is higher that the amount spent on buying a new and upgraded product. Online sites and mobile applications for consumer products have remarkably reduced the cost of mobile phones and electronic items out of competition. So whenever a gadget goes out of fashion or not found very useful it is thrown away carelessly. Battery and other materials used in the production of these gadgets are harmful and hazardous. But as people don’t have access to a proper waste management system in cities and towns they are indirectly forced to throw away them on roads and open land fill sites, although manufacturers of such products insist of people to bring back their useless products to safely discard them in plant owned or allowed for e-waste disposal.
To conclude, in order to diminish the effect of these problems, the governments need to create awareness among the general public. It is difficult to dispose and vanish waste just like that. Government should be very careful in not producing too much of waste than concentrating on how to burn or dispose them off the ground. Children can be educated about environmental issues at school, adults can be encouraged take actions. Governments can promote such action by imposing taxes on packaging such as plastic bags, by providing readying services and by discouraging households, businesses and shops that do not attempt to recycle their waste appropriately. With the support of the government, such measures would really be implemented at once and reduce the amount of rubbish we produce. Certainty nobody wants to see our resources used up and our planet poisoned by waste.