Mumbai a metropolitan city that doesn’t need any introduction. Mumbai the city that never stops. Mumbai the financial capital of India. Mumbai the city of glamour. Mumbai home to 21 million people and their dreams. As a Mumbaikar, Mumbai is not just a city it’s a feeling which gives a sense of freedom, a pinch of rebellious attitude, a ride full of enjoyment, But have we ever thought are we doing enough for Mumbai?
Like every other city in India, Mumbai is also facing many days to day problems or issues which needs to be solved. Corruption, traffic jams, potholes, poverty are just the tip of the iceberg whereas the real problems or to say the basic problems are buried deep within. According to the report, Mumbai generates around 10,000 metric tons of waste every day. But it isn’t even the real problem. The real problem is there no real way to get rid of it. Mumbai’s biggest dumping ground is Deonar dumping ground which was once a wetland swamp but now much of the waste is dumped here every day. Locals in the area don’t even look it as a dumping ground anymore, now they call it “Mountain of Garbage” and the reason behind it is, the waste which is been dumped there for almost 90 years now. If you measure the high of the garbage mountain it is almost to the height of 10 story building.
But wait did you thought it just ends here. Let us give you a reality check, The trash between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Kalyan, a 53km route. Similarly, on the harbour line, 30,000 cubic meters of garbage have been removed along with the 21km stretch between CSMT and Mankhurd station. Thrice a week, this garbage is loaded on to trains that CR officials refer to as the “muck special”, deployed exclusively to cart the trash and debris away from the city. From October 2018 till date, 6,500 truckloads of garbage have been taken away. Of the 9,400 tonnes of trash that Mumbai sends daily to its dumping grounds, 73% comprises food, vegetable, and fruit waste.
But everything being said the question still remains same, Are we doing enough for Mumbai? While conducting research we found an excellent initiative taken by Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai. The institute collects the waste within the canteen as well as other parts of the facility and segregates it. All the Bio-degradable waste is been dumped in Biogas chambers and the gas generated by it is been again used by the canteen to cook food. This cycle never stops and the institute has now been saving enough money to open biogas chambers in rural areas to help other people those who are in need. Just like Deonar dumping ground, there was Gorai a dumping ground in Mumbai where waste was dumped for almost 30 years and had formed 80 feet long mountain. But in December 2003 an experiment was conducted to clean the ground. Which was successful due to the hard work of Mr Birju Mundra and Dr S.R Maley’s scientific acumen. They said this miracle happened within the month as they kept on segregating the waste and allowing nature to do its work. There are lots of new technology which are now been innovated so that that we can use waste as resources. One of the biggest innovations in waste management industry is the ability to turn waste into an actual resource. Instead of just sitting in a landfill there are certain types of waste that can simply be converted into energy. New machinery is known as “digesters” can take the waste and the biogas it produces and turns it into energy that can be used on site. This technology can be used in a variety of waste, including food, animal waste, agricultural leftovers, and more. Another one is New sensors can let waste management companies know that bins are full and need to be serviced. New types of screening technology can sort by recycling quickly and efficiently, which takes the work out of the hands of consumers & encourage higher recycling rate. In Lakeshore Recycling Systems, we can keep incorporating the latest technology into our waste disposal & recycling efforts to make sure that we’re delivering the best services to our customers & doing our part to preserve our environment.
There are many techniques which can be used by both government as well as by us as an individual but to be frank, we are not. And now it’s the need of the hour that we as an individual also start doing small and easy steps to clean our city. Waste management simply means the collection, transportation, disposal recycling and monitoring of waste. Some of the simplest ways to start are as follows:-
Step 1) Sort your garbage into a different bins.
Step 2) Bring any waste or un-use things that can be reused, such as toys or clothing, to a secondhand store to be resold.
Step 3) Take recyclables such as glass, plastics, & paper to a local recycling center. If your neighborhood has a recycling pick-up then leave it out in the front of your house in plastic bins for easy access for garbage picker.
Step 4) Turn your leftover food and garden waste into manure. You can do this with a compost bin filled with worms which will digest the trash and do the work for you. Once composted, you can use it in your garden as a rich fertilizer.
Step 5) Collect any or all remaining garbage into a trash bag and place it into a nearby garbage bin. Remember to seal the top so that stray dogs or cats or any other animal won’t be able to get into it. Leave the bin in sight for garbage collectors for pick up.
In the end, we would just like to say there is no time to waste arguing whose fault it is that our beautiful Mumbai has started losing its beauty but asks oneself, “Am I the the reason that my glamorous city has lost its charm ?” and if your heart says “Yes” then it’s time to listen to your heart and start to do small step by which you can save your city’s beauty and prestige. So why don’t we start a new campaign #Amchimumbaicleanmumbai start taking baby steps to clean our Mumbai and help it to get it’s glory back.