Waste management as the term says are planned actions carried out by society to control unusable or unwanted materials. These are materials that are considered of no use from all industries in an economy. These waste are collected from residential areas, offices rubbish bins, and industrial areas and are transported to the dumping sites and those that can be recycled are taken to the recycling sites. It’s very essential to explore Waste management best practices and the impact waste management activities have on Communities. It’s also important to look into how we can rehabilitate our Dumpsites and how innovation and technologies can be utilized to introduce effective and smart waste management systems.
One can say it’s quite obvious that every nation has in place waste management plans and activities that she feels are suitable in regards to population, or how industrialized the country is. But it’s vital to use proven strategies that deliver good results. The working methods include cooperating with the communities at a household level by persuading the masses to see the benefits of waste management. Women should also be encouraged to get involved and organizations carrying out these programs should set aside incentives to motivate individuals and increase participation.
At the managerial level institutions responsible for waste management should make sure there’s sustainable mobilization of financial resources to make sure they can carry out the needed tasks. Private institutions managing wastes should be able to impose political pleasure on local government to have suitable laws and policies that will go In line with their plans. On operations management, there should be monitoring of the resources and activities put at work. Local governments should encourage communities to view waste management as entrepreneurship and, institutions should engage traditional leaders in administration and management committees so as to ensure the targeted communities feel represented.
Waste management’s has also its bad impact on society, it has led to the spread of diseases and at worst even deaths. In a publication made to support the closure of the world’s fifty biggest dumpsites, International Solid Waste Association ISWA, states that there have been 750 deaths related to dumpsites registered within the first half of 2016. This only testifies that even the plans that have been working require to be revisited.
My country Malawi is one of many that utilize open dumpsites, and every time these dumpsites are flooded with industrial waste, there are majority homeless people flocking to these sites looking for their survival resources. None of these would have taken place if these dumpsites were enclosed and protected from the masses’ exploitation.
Waste management cries for a new approach and circular economy is the way to go. Electronic waste is one of the growing concerns in the 21st century, but in a circular economy it will be an obligation for these electronic manufacturers together with governments to establish a “lease to use approach” instead of “buy to use”. This approach will enable people to lease their preferred gadgets at a fee regulated by the government and private sector, and once they wish to use them no more they will be able to get them fixed or even upgrade to newer versions.
This approach towards waste management will enable the manufacturers to spend less on sourcing for new assembly parts or even raw materials since they will be able to retrieve these from the returned goods. Instead of purchasing and overloading our residential areas with electronic waste, let’s demand our leaders, governments and these manufacturers to think smart and think circular economy.
This blog has been submitted to the 2019 ISWA YPG Blog-writing Competition. The ISWA Young Professionals Group is dedicated to (and coordinated by) young professionals in order to encourage them to be proactive and support them in building their careers in the waste industry. #YPGblog2019 #ISWAClosingDumpsites