In a country like India, the amount of waste generated is on such a vast scale that even many governments find it hard to resolve. What one must understand is that waste disposal is one’s personal responsibility. Yes, the government does provide facilities like waste pick-up and disposal, but there are many easy ways to start waste management in the home that we can follow to lessen the burden.
Use Cloth Bags And Not Plastic Bags
This basic initiative could play a significant role in reducing the amount of plastic waste generated from your home. Cloth bags are reusable and more durable. Stock a few cloth bags and make sure that you have one in your car and a two-wheeler as well. Make a dedicated effort towards this. It doesn’t require much work but can play a major role in collectively reducing the plastic waste generated from your locality.
Reduce Paper Waste
In today’s day and age, there is a very little excuse if you find yourself dealing with piles and piles of paper waste. There are a few simple ways to achieve this like requesting e-bills and not paper bills, reading the latest news online to avoid dependence on your regular dailies, and making sure that you only subscribe to newsletters that you really want. You’ll see a drastic reduction in the amount of paper waste generated by incorporating such small changes into your lifestyle.
One of the simplest ways for efficient management of home waste is to avoid continuing with the habit of hoarding. Hoarding can be defined as the inability or unwillingness to dispose of things that over time have become useless. More often than not, there is an emotional quotient attached to it. Many of us are guilty and prone to this. One quick look around your house and you’ll find numerous items that are of no use to you anymore, but somehow still manage to just sit there and gather dust. Ensure that you give away such items as soon as possible. Be charitable, share them with people who might have a use for them. A few of the items could free up a lot of space in your home, and these include old clothes, utensils, and even damaged furniture.
While the above methods of waste management are easy to achieve and can give you a great deal of peace of mind regarding efficiently managing your space and disposing of waste, there is one more aspect that you could look into. Composting is a nature-oriented process in which organic matter gets recycled into rich soil. The process is simple. Take a large bucket and drill a few holes to ensure that air gets in. Now layer the bottom part of the bucket with soil and add your food waste and other organic materials like dried leaves and sawdust and seal the bucket. Ensure that you give the mix a good shake-up every few days to provide aeration. Within two to three months, the compost should be ready. You could either choose to sell it or use it for your own needs.