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Moving around the suburbs of Uganda, the biggest land is either covered by wasted material in form of polythene bags, plastic or rubber, scrap metal and clothes. Which makes the environment look dirty and unconditional to live in. If you’re like me am sure you’ve asked yourself so many times how can I(we) clean our environment. After all these commodities are a necessity for daily usage, the production and accessibility is not diminishing anytime soon. However can we clean our environment without worry of destroying our environment through contamination?
Below am sharing (4) four easy steps to ensure that you reduce waste in your environment.
- Reduce the usage of none biodegradable materials like single use disposable plastics, glasses etc. This includes saying no to free plastics in the supermarkets, friends or from other sellers.
- If you must use them at certain times, as it commonly is in this modernized society, reuse the few you have many times, again and again. Additionally clean your plastic bags and use them several times instead of acquiring new ones. This takes the game back to step one of reducing the usage of new ones.
- After reusing them, it is obvious that they will get worn out and are no longer reusable for their original purposes like shopping. At this point, use the worn out materials to make new products that will engage waste materials in use until they completely break down. But some of them such as bottles, car tires and tins won’t break down for a long time. You may use such for decorating home like planting flowers and crops in an orderly way. These crops will help feed your family and largely reduce your expense budget, that mainly brings in more waste hence saving more money while improving health.
- After the few have broken down, you can think about sending them to the recycling plants like melting and burning.
The steps above are the 4R strategy which stand for; – Reduce, – Reuse, – Recycle – Refer
In the first place, before you put the waste to the first step above, sort them accordingly in their respective classes. The ones that decompose and the ones that don’t decompose in two classes. The ones that decompose should go to a well prepared compost to make organic soils for your garden then the ones that don’t decompose can be put in many more respective classes.
Every problem with poor waste management and pollution starts at the first step of not sorting it in the respective classes. Unsorted waste will be feared by everyone and therefore the following stages wont be followed properly.
The first two steps are very environmentally and economically friendly to the households. This process however is not good for the manufacturer because it denies them the chances to sell more of their materials. Our main interest is to buy less, save our money and our environment. At these two steps, you will score 100% on saving money and the environment.
The second two steps are the best so far but not very environmentally friendly. However, through the first two steps, we decrease the amounts of non-biodegradable waste for the third and fourth steps. Most important, ensure that you don’t allow any waste to get out of your house to the field uncatered for. They must first successfully reach the fourth step and you can allow them to get out to the right place, not every where on the field.