Environmental science Have you obtained pollution under control (PUC) certificate for your vehicle?
Disposal of waste
We are sure that you will really like to know about it. Observe how daily garbage is being collected in your street and where it is disposed- from roadside municipal bins to the landfill meant for the area.
Action points to protect the environment
Consume less- Motto; refuse …reduce …recycle. This means consuming fewer resources, reusing whatever you possibly can, and, finally, recycling what cannot be reused. This process greatly reduces the garbage.
Help reduce air-pollution: use public transport. Travel in buses, trains and walk short distances. If you must take cars and taxis, try car pool or share a cab as far as possible.
Watch out for vehicle emissions: if you have your own vehicle, make sure that the engine is tuned regularly. Have you obtained pollution under control (PUC) certificate for your vehicle?
Say `No’ to plastic bags: one of the biggest sources of pollution in Indian cities is the ubiquitous plastic bag. Refuse to accept one. Instead, carry a cloth shopping bag with you.
Stop burning garbage: ask your neighbors to desist from burning solid plant wastes. It may seem harmless but smoke emitted from leaves contributes to air pollution. Also, when there are plastics in the heap, it emits dangerous toxic fumes. Leaves can be converted into fertilizer through compositing and plastics can be recycled.
Separate your garbage: India has one of the world’s most efficient recycling mechanisms. Use the services of your raddiwalla. Newspapers, bottle cans and other such recyclables can fetch you money and in the process you help have the environment. Ragpickers, too, perform a vital function for the city. Kitchen garbage (biodegradable) should be separated from non-biodegradable waste.
Compost your organic waste: convince your neighbors to start a vermiculture bin and produce manure.
Reject disposables: use reusable bottles and disposables, wasteful cans. Drink your coffee or tea from a mug and not from Styrofoam cups; reduce your consumption of disposable plates, razors, nappies, etc.
Reduce your paper consumption: use both sides of the paper and make rough notepads out of waste paper and old calendars. Reuse envelops. Be creative newspapers are great gift wrapping.
Be an aware consumer: read labels and buy vegetables, pulses and other foodstuffs that are organic and do not use pesticides which pollute the soil and affect our health. Likewise, choose cosmetics and household products that use natural ingredients and no chemicals.
Never litter: keep your streets, gardens and society clean. Do not even drop a single wrapper any where, and stop others from doing so.