Waste mat­ters

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

This refers to the ed­i­to­rial and chil­dren col­lect­ing re­cy­clables from garbage dumps in In­dian cities are do­ing a great so­cial ser­vice, al­beit for ek­ing out a liv­ing. As the ed­i­to­rial rightly notes, they do need of­fi­cial sup­port. In my opin­ion, they should be given for­mal train­ing in seg­re­gat­ing and han­dling scrap. They should be pro­vided with uni­forms, gloves and shoes, and also given iden­tity cards to re­move the stigma at­tached to their job. The ameni­ties will help them lead a hy­gienic and re­spect­ful life.

L R SHARMA

SUNDERNAGAR

The so­lu­tion to the prob­lem of garbage lies in its very source. While it is good to work to­wards waste man­age­ment, a bet­ter op­tion would be to stop or re­duce waste gen­er­a­tion. sim­plest of cam­paigns, such as avoid­ing plas­tic bags, have failed all over the world.

RAJ SINGH RATHEE

GURUGRAM

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