Dr Mahesh Sharma Calls for Clean India At Swatchagrah Event.


During his address Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that it was our duty as an Indian citizen to keep our country clean. He also said that Mahatma Gandhi had always promoted clean India. His mission is today being realized in true honesty by our honourable PM Narendra Modi.

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    Everyone talks about cleanliness but it seems no one wants to act upon it. Let us understand the whole waste stream:

    No doubt, most recyclable waste like paper,plastic,metal,glass is segregated at household level and sold. If unsegregated recyclable waste reaches the dumps, there are many ragpickers who collect the recyclables. So, at various stages of the waste stream, recyclables are handled quite effectively and is not much of a worry, unless it is so badly contaminated that it becomes impossible to recycle. That is why segregation is a must.

    There are two types of Organic Waste (biodegradable); food and horticultural.

    Food waste(Organic Waste):
    Most problematic is the food waste, because no ragpicker collects it. The stray animals forage in the waste dumps and scatter the waste all over the place, attracting flies,mosquitoes,rodents and other creatures.

    These create serious health hazards for the young and old, as infection spreads through these creatures.

    Next stage is the transportation of the residual waste by municipality or their waste management agents to landfill sites and dumping there.

    This is again an environmental hazard because the organic waste biodegrades anaerobically and releases highly toxic gases like methane apart from ammonia and sulphurous compounds.

    Horticultural waste( Organic waste):
    Next is horticultural waste, a very large portion of it was being burnt thereby polluting the atmosphere and lately court had to prohibit its burning.Very small part of the horticultural waste was being composted to manure. It was more convenient to burn.

    The point is; there are modern technologies available for decentralised composting of all organic waste ( food and horticultural) to convert to manure by compact and automatic machines. These machines can be installed in residential complexes and parks; they need less than one car park space. The cost per family is minimal ( perhaps Rs 75-100 per month), but no one wants to invest in scientific waste management, though their own health as well as children’s health suffers from a multitude of air-borne diseases.

    This is the only solution for a healthy and sustainable life style.

    Let us take a pledge that no bio-degradable waste (food or horticultural) would be dumped to be carried away to landfills. All bio-degradable waste should be segregated at the household level and composted inside residential complexes/parks and the manure should be put to good use for landscaping,instead of using chemical fertilisers.