Man­age­ment of waste

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Plas­tic is the gen­eral com­mon term for a wide range of syn­thetic or semi syn­thetic or­ganic solid ma­te­ri­als suit­able for the man­u­fac­ture of in­dus­trial prod­ucts. Millions of plas­tic prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured each year through­out the world. As the tech­nol­ogy for their pro­duc­tion in­creases, even more prod­ucts will en­ter the “plas­tic age”.

The ma­jor chem­i­cals that go into the mak­ing of plas­tic are highly toxic and pose se­ri­ous threat to liv­ing be­ings of all species on earth. So, there are many as­pects that af­fect the plas­tic: the en­vi­ron­men­tal and in­clude hu­man, plants and an­i­mals and in eco­nomic terms. All of this cost a lot of money be­cause find­ing al­ter­na­tives re­quire a lot of re­searches and stud­ies which is ex­pen­sive ei­ther. We have many so­lu­tions for this prob­lem such as re­cy­cling and we in­tro­duce the step of re­cy­cling and the ef­fect of re­cy­cling.

Our homes, of­fices, schools, hos­pi­tals, fac­to­ries -in­deed, our en­tire sur­round­ings - are dom­i­nated by prod­ucts made from this ma­te­rial. We live in the age of plas­tics; bright, at­trac­tive, col­or­ful, long-last­ing, rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive sub­stances whose in­ven­tion has rev­o­lu­tion­ized the man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try. Plas­tic cer­tainly have ad­van­tages. Un­for­tu­nately, they also bring prob­lems to our world, not the least among these be­ing the gen­er­a­tion of vast quan­ti­ties of waste ma­te­rial.

The dis­tri­bu­tion of plas­tic de­bris is highly vari­able as a re­sult of cer­tain fac­tors such as wind and ocean cur­rents, coast­line ge­og­ra­phy, ur­ban ar­eas, and trade routes.

Plas­tics can also be used as vec­tors for chem­i­cal con­tam­i­nants such as per­sis­tent or­ganic pol­lu­tants and heavy met­als.

In Bhutan plas­tic waste is on the rise and all ef­forts are put in place to re­duce the waste by adopt­ing 4 Rs. We are happy to see our schools around the King­dom us­ing all the ini­tia­tives to keep the sur­round­ings clean.

The adop­tion of the streams by the schools, clean up cam­paigns by the dif­fer­ent agen­cies and strict im­ple­men­ta­tions of the waste man­age­ment act will go a long way in deal­ing with waste in­clud­ing plas­tic. Some of the schools in the cap­i­tal have been col­lect­ing waste to gen­er­ate some in­come for the school and more in­no­va­tion on the waste man­age­ment will be on its off­ing’s. To make the things eas­ier the re­cent open­ing of the waste re­cov­ery cen­tre in Thim­phu will help in manag­ing dry waste more prop­erly as the cen­tre will re­cover the re­cy­clables be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the waste dis­posal site.

As we cel­e­brated the World En­vi­ron­ment Day with the theme “Beat Plas­tic Pol­lu­tion” and fo­cus on ac­tions against sin­gle use plas­tics the re­spon­si­bil­ity is huge.

The fight against the plas­tic waste can­not be done alone by the govern­ment and it calls for col­lec­tive ef­forts of all sec­tions of our so­ci­ety.

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