It is the responsibility of ever Londoner to see to it that all waste is disposed of and cleared according to the laid down rules and regulations. Proper waste management is more than just compiling all your home waste into one bin and awaiting the clearance company to come pick it; you have to be sure that even the final disposal is safe and in accordance with the law. In that regard, proper management of waste calls for joint efforts from all stakeholders; home owners, waste clearance companies, the local authorities, policy makers, and environmental experts. In a huge and popular city like London, loads of waste get generated each day; at homes, offices, in restaurants, at parks and recreational centres, and so on so forth. Unless there’s a deliberate and coordinated effort to manage all this waste, we risk worsening an already serious condition.
As an individual, here’s what you can do;
- The easiest way you can contribute towards proper waste management in London is by generating less waste. How do you do this? You do this by carrying your own bag when going to get groceries rather than buying a new bag each time you’re out there. On the same breath, opt for goods that are wrapped in eco friendly and reusable materials rather than polythene wrappings. All in all, do not entertain items in your household that will end up as junk and waste that needs to be disposed sooner.
- Secondly, always have bins strategically located around your home or office. Bins are very good in reducing littering; you just need to have them placed strategically for all to see. If it is in a commercial property, bins can be placed strategically in the offices, corridors, washrooms, and other areas that have high human traffic. The mere presence of a bin encourages those around to be conscious of littering the premises whatsoever.
- You will also need to sensitize those around you on the need to manage all waste effectively. You cannot achieve good results alone; speak to your children on the importance of keeping the environment tidy and clean. Train them from an early age to practice eco friendly options for disposing of waste; for instance tell them that burning waste in a landfill is detrimental to the environment. If in an office setting emphasize the need for all employees to throw all waste paper and other office waste in the nearest bin. Collectively, you’ll realize that you can achieve more.
- As a resident of London, you’ll realize that sooner or later you have to hire the services of a waste removal company. While at it, it is important that you pick only companies with proven record for eco friendly policies. As a resident of London, you’ll realize that sooner or later you have to hire the services of a waste removal company. While at it, it is important that you pick only companies with proven record for eco friendly policies. These include high recycling rates; some companies have recycling rates of up to 80%, which means that all that waste ends up being recycled. Items like plastics, furniture pieces, old carpets, damaged electronics; these can be easily recycled or repaired.
Proper waste management starts with you. Don’t wait for the local council or environmental authority to be in charge of ensuring that the city is clean. Do your part, start small, be consistent. Otherwise London is already chocking under the menace posed by plastic water bottles and illegally dumped garbage. We have to work jointly if we are to help our great city regain its reputation as one of the cleanest cities in the world.