Its very typical in a third world country, in a small economic town like Warri in Delta state Nigeria to see plastic littering the roads, street corners and market places and gutters/ flood drains. To say these plastic litters will be gotten rid of so easily anytime soon is very remote a thought but it is not impossible. It is very cheap as a disposal carrier bags, water cans and packs for the market woman and food street vendors. Plastic does not have disposal value as of now. But it is not far fetched to say plastic can be used less if we apply the right physical strategy and inculcate a usage ideology amongst producers and end users. Back to the notion that plastic does not have an end value as of now is true hence we litter them every where. Cartons now in Warri for instance, have waste values hence you don’t see them littering the environment. The same principle can be applied to plastic to reduce its menace whilst we talk to companies and government on policies that we introduce less use of plastic. Now, how do I mean end use of plastic waste? A physical solution that is collectively done by everyone, those on the go like travellers who throw of plastic waste of their moving vehicle and in town end users . It involves a pragmatic approach that calls for end users to get tokens and gifts (recyclable once)for every pound of plastic they can deposit at designated waste collection kiosk at every 5 mile radius. It is a campaign that must go pari pasu with a central plastic collection centre for recycling. Every individual generates waste everyday hence the alarming rate of waste blocking drains and typically littering every where ; land and sea. The rate at which plastic trash is generated fall exceed the rate the government is making time for clean up. By and large, the government in my state only designates the last Saturday of each month for general clean of the environment. This is totally insufficient even if citizens take that one Saturday seriously. What the government should look into is to use the same one day every week as done in the local market. The project must directly involve ministries of environment and health workers for generally mop up of those plastic non biodegradable waste posing as health hardards and endangering of marine life and overall debeautification of our cities.Statistically, forms of plastics littered in the street include, plastic carrier bags also referred to as polythylene, water cans, biscuits wrappers and water sachets. It is serious menace that urgently needs to handled aggressively. Plastic litters is at an epic and crisis proportion. It would a Ten years mopping up plan. It would suffice to say that the usual waste disposal method of burning only adds to climatic crisis and hibernates health prone challenges.The race now towards a cleaner environment is to propose, cheap alternate use of plastic for end users who are largely responsible for the manace. It is what they see available that they will use. This then boils down to carrying the less use of plastic war to corporate companies who produce with non biodegradable materials. To say the least the less use of plastic campaign has many facets.1. Cleaning up the environment, land and seas, introducing a waste value collection and gift exchange system.2. sensitization of end users about disposal of these plastic and their concomitant hardards already preexisting in the environment.3. dialogue with companies who produce these plastics about alternate materials.4. governmental involvement in managing plastic waste and formulation of policy that companies will adhere to.Now, to metaphorsize into alternate material use, a lot has to do with producing companies, the end user will only use what is available for use. If these companies use biodegradable materials so will the end users. The collection and environmental mop-up can effectively done locally using the same youths who in the first place are culprits of waste disposal. They can be actively involved one small community at a time. This wiil then be a systematic enlightenment for a cleaner and sustainable environment.
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