The third episode of Aamir Khan’s popular issue based show may not have been high on emotions, nevertheless, it struck the right chord. A pertinent issue of how to clean up our city, Aamir Khan opened the show narrating that how we all laud foreign countries for being clean but still continue to litter our own surroundings without giving it a second thought.
An insightful episode of how waste is an important resource, ‘Staymev Jayate’ this time focussed that how often the system which includes municipal corporations, government, and citizens themselves contribute in creating a city dirty. Interestingly, a huge chunk of the budget is set aside by the Municipal corporation for cleanliness of the city. So why do we still have huge garbage dumped in various pockets of the city?
Some shocking and some insightful facts came out during the episode.
The third episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ focused on the need of waste management in India.
-Apparently, the municipal corporation leases garbage collection and garbage dumps to private bodies at a price.
-India generates a shocking 16 crore kg of garbage every day.
-One garbage truck carries 5-6 tons of garbage at a time. And one ton of garbage is sold at around Rs 500.
-As per SC ruling biodegradable waste and plastic waste should be segregated; Biodegradable waste has to be composted.
-That garbage can be treated and converted to biogas is a known fact. But did you know that one ton of garbage can be made into the gas equivalent to 2 LPG cylinders?
-Setting up biogas plants are easy and cost effective.
Scientist Dr. SR Maley states that if a waste is treated as wealth, we can re-use and recycle. Even plastics can be used to make roads.
-A unique patented technique by Prof Vasudevan effectively uses discarded plastic to build roads. Prof Vasudevan has urged different state governments to use model for free.
-Activists also insist that waste management should be done in such a way that it is involved and employs thousands of waste collectors who earn a livelihood by collecting garbage.
-Pune based organization SWATCH helps in empowering waste collectors and their families financially.
-Even animals contribute in recycling waste. An organization in Vellore has adopted this method.
-Bobbili town in Andhra Pradesh boasts of being a zero-waste zone, which simply means that all its garbage is recycled or reused. None of it reaches the landfill.
– Waste management and collection centers are needed in more numbers across the nation. Bangalore is the only city in India which has 80 such centers.
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