A clean environment is possible
- Published: Friday, 28 September 2018 09:58
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Creating a clean, safe and healthy environment is possible, especially if all stakeholders come on board and play their part towards this worthy cause. A clean environment has high aesthetic value, provides various environmental benefits and is free from diseases. Such an environment is achievable through concerted effort.
Who can do what?
- Adopt the cradle to the grave principle, which refers to the responsibility a company takes for the entire life cycle of a product, service or program, from design to disposal or termination.
- Ensure there are sufficient waste receptacles servicing your premises.
- Maintain the frontage, back corridors and sanitary lanes of you work premises clean at all times.
- As part of your Corporate Social Responsibility, you can donate branded bins to Local Authorities. This will serve a dual purpose; it acts as a way of advertising and at the same time assists in the provision of bins.
- Organize regular clean ups to keep shopping centres, business premises and working areas clean and attractive to customers.
- Set up cages to collect recyclable cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles etc. Sell all recyclable material to recycling companies.
- Food outlets should sell their food leftovers to piggeries or individuals with pets.
- Adopt’ zones in your city/town and maintain it clean on a regular basis. The zone can be a street, round about, island, business/shopping center and bus termini. Approach your Local Authority on the adoption of zones.
- Corporates should have waste management plans and policies to ensure sustainable waste management at their workplaces and also in the business value chain.
Small and Medium Enterprises
A clean, safe and healthy environment needs public participation. Every sector, including SMEs, has a role to play in waste management and the following is expected.
- Distribute legally acceptable plastic carrier bags and also provide shopping bags as alternatives.
- Declare how you are dealing with the waste of your imported goods
- Consider alternatives for fast food packs rather than Kaylites.
- Desist form the use of posters and flyers to advertise your businesses, rather opt for the use of electronic media such as tv, radio, Facebook etc.
- Form community based organizations (CBOs) and regularly clean up residential frontage, backyards and streets in your area.
- Separate your waste into biodegradable, plastic bottles (PEPs) and metal cans.
- Compost all material that is biodegradable. Use the manure for your vegetable gardens.
- Avoid burning waste, the fumes may cause cancer.
- Avoid dumping of waste.
Schools, Colleges &Universities
- Form environmental groups to spearhead clean-up of institutional frontage and roads leading to these institutions and back corridors and sanitary lanes.
- Adopt areas/zones for clean-up and enhance the school and the community relationships.
- Set up cages to collect plastics, glass, cans for pupils.
- Collect recyclables at home and bring to school on a set day.
- Have a known waste collection schedule that you adhere to.
- Ensure there are sufficient waste bins in urban and business centres.
- Establish waste transfer centers for the ease of waste collection, sorting and recycling.
- Develop Communication and education platforms for your areas.
- Develop waste management plans and implement them.
- Every Local Authority should have a properly lined landfill where waste is disposed of.
Do not litter. The difference you make is real.