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 It is our responsibility as citizens to reduce, reuse, and recycle our e-waste as much as possible

Prof Dr. Abdullah G Arijo

Eco-waste refers to the waste produced by human activities, which harms the environment. This waste can be in the form of solid, liquid, hazardous, or electronic waste. Eco-waste can cause various negative impacts, such as pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, depletion of resources, health problems, and loss of biodiversity. Therefore, it is our responsibility as citizens to reduce, reuse, and recycle our e-waste as much as possible.

Here are some suggestions on how to handle this issue:

The initial step to reduce eco-waste is by preventing or minimizing its generation. This can be achieved by opting for products that have minimal packaging, using reusable bags and containers, avoiding disposable items, purchasing energy-efficient and durable goods, and composting organic waste.

The second step towards a sustainable lifestyle is to reuse the products and materials we use. This can be achieved by repairing, refurbishing, donating, or selling items that are still functional, or by finding new ways to use them for different purposes. By doing so, we can extend the lifespan of the products and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

The third and final step in waste management is recycling. Recycling involves recovering materials that can be processed and made into new products. This process begins by separating waste into different categories such as paper, plastic, metal, glass, and organic materials. It is important to dispose of each category in the appropriate bin or facility. Recycling has numerous benefits such as energy conservation, water conservation, reduction in natural resource depletion, and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

WasteSome short-term and long-term plans that citizens can follow are:

In the short term, we should focus on educating ourselves and others about the advantages and techniques of eco-friendly waste management. We can participate in community initiatives and campaigns that promote eco-waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. It’s important to support local businesses and organizations that practice eco-waste management. We should also monitor and measure our eco-waste generation and set goals to reduce it.

Long-term: Advocate for policies and regulations that encourage eco-waste management at the local, national, and global levels. Support research and innovation that develop new technologies and solutions for eco-waste management. Adopt a lifestyle that is more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Inspire future generations to take care of the planet and its resources.

Eco-friendly waste management is not just a critical problem, but also an opportunity for us to make a positive impact on the world. By taking responsibility for our electronic waste, we can safeguard the environment, enhance our health, and create a better future for ourselves and others.

Many rural communities lack the necessary time and resources to implement the latest waste management innovations. However, this does not mean that they cannot handle their waste in a timely and effective manner. There are many eco-friendly waste management approaches that rural communities can implement today.

Incineration is a popular waste management method that involves converting waste materials into an energy source. This process involves burning a variety of waste materials to generate heat, flue gases, particulates, and incinerator bottom ash. The heat source is then used as a generator of electric power. Before being released into the atmosphere, the flue gases and particulates are filtered to remove pollutants. However, it’s important to note that not all waste materials should be burned. Materials such as plastic and rubber should not be burned and require special disposal methods.

{The content presented in this article has been collected from multiple sources]


Abdullah ArijoProf. (R) Dr. Abdullah G. Arijo is Advisor and Visiting Professor, SBBUVAS, Sakrand, Pakistan. He is Ex-Chairman, Department of Parasitology, Sindh Agriculture University and Ex-Advisor Academics & P&D to Vice Chancellor SAU Tandojam




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