Akshyanshu, Hema, and Deeksha
Class 8, Sujana Convent, Bengaluru
As in many Indian cities, waste segregation at the source (at the homes, or hospitals, or schools, etc.) is mandatory in Bengaluru also. However, many people are unaware of how to segregate wet and what goes into dry waste. Further, dumping and burning garbage on the roads is still a rampant practice in many localities. This is also the case in our area, Parappana Agrahara.
Dumping and burning of garbage gives bad smell and pollutes air. This is happening because people do not care about the environment, and neither is the Bengaluru’s city government BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) taking care of this problem. The street cleaners are also doing very little.
This dumping causes many diseases for labourers and mobile traders. People should be aware of such issues in the environment and there should also be separate dustbins provided for segregation of waste. We can use biodegradable waste in a compost pit to make the soil fertile. Non-biodegradable waste can be further recycled.
Composting at source would help in reduction of a large percentage of the garbage problem. We have been weighing wet and dry waste obtained from ten families over a period of seven days. The weight of the wet waste is consistently more. So, composting could be a solution for solving Bengaluru’s mounting garbage problem. We provide photographic evidence. The collected wet waste has been treated in a compost pit built in the school. The dry waste has been disposed in the nearby BBMP waste dump.