Avoid Disposables
07-Jan-2017


With the rise in standard of living and income, rapid industrialization and commercialization around the globe and production of more and new items of convenience is responsible for the emergence of many disposable items that have become so common in our every daily life but which are actually an environmental burden. We seldom get time to think what convenience these items are providing and how adversely are they affecting our fragile environmental resources.

The waste quantities in all parts of the world are increasing many folds. In the past three decades, the waste quantities have almost been doubled. The per capita waste generation is alarmingly high especially in GCC countries. The municipal and governmental authorities have to spend huge resources in collection, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of these wastes. With limited recycling facilities and absence of reusing culture, more quantities of the waste is now to be managed. 

Major part of our municipal waste is still heading towards our landfill sites where it is being dumped, compacted and covered. The landfills are in quarries areas which are becoming soon filled up with the waste. In Bahrain almost 1.7 cum of space is required to accommodate 1 tons of waste.

Despite a growing push to recycle and reuse, we must try to correct not the symptoms but the disease, and to do that, we should all avoid and reduce. Use of ‘disposables’ have increased many a times in recent years and the items and quantities are increasing with each passing day. Here are some suggestions to follow:

•Avoid Paper Cups & Plates as paper manufacturing consume trees and are bleached white with chlorine, a process that releases Dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals on the planet, and emit methane, a greenhouse gas when trashed and thrown in a landfill.

•Avoid Polystyrene & Styrofoam which are hazardous, carcinogens, cause air pollution and can cause nervous system impairments among workers. Styrene can leach from containers into our food. Polystyrene cannot be recycled and never biodegrades; it only breaks down into smaller pieces, polluting the environment and harming the animals that mistake it for food.

•Avoid Bottled Water and use reusable containers for water storage and drinking.

• Avoid Plastic and Paper Shopping Bags. Keep your own cloth bag ready for all occasions.

•Avoid Plastic Utensils, paper napkins, plastic cutlery, forks, spoons and knives. Use chinaware or glassware instead. 

•Avoid Use rechargeable batteries instead of single use batteries.

•Avoid using disposable diapers and use cloth diapers.

•Using ink pen rather than ball points and getting a refillables.

•Using handkerchief rather than tissue and paper towels.

•Avoid using disposable stirrers and individually packaged sugar, milk and creamer. Use a spoon for stirring and place the sugar and milk in reusable containers or jugs.

•Avoid using individual sachets of chilly, mayonnaise or ketchup sauce. Store the sauce in reusable bottles and dispensers instead.

•Avoid Gift Wrapping and put the gift in a reusable bag instead.. 

Each time you throw something in the trash, please consider that you have paid its cost and are contributing towards more waste at the landfill.

Avoid disposables- Be wise and environmental friendly.

 

Head, Waste Disposal Unit, Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain (Email: rahmed@sce.gov.bh)

 

(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of this newspaper.)

 


Related Articles

Earth Day 2018
Apr 21

Earth Day 2018

Earth Day this year will be celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor on Sunday, April 22 marking the anniversary of what many consider as the birth of modern environmental movement. Earth Day has now grown into a global tradition making it the largest civic observance in the world and is widely celebrated event in...

Read More
Electronic Gadgets and Impacts
Apr 14

Electronic Gadgets and Impacts

We are all using more and more personal and shared household gadgets regularly in our daily lives than few years or decade before. Personally, we are using smartphones, iPads, laptops, printers, kitchen and household equipment like microwave, coffee/ tea maker, sandwich maker, juice maker, blender, mixer etc. and the...

Read More
Celebrating World Health Day
Apr 07

Celebrating World Health Day

World Health Day (WHD) is a global initiative celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the anniversary of establishing World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The WHD is celebrated each year since 1950 to draw worldwide attention to the importance on global health.  Each year a subject is taken to raise...

Read More
Earth hour and beyond
Mar 31

Earth hour and beyond

The Earth Hour celebrated last Saturday around the world witnessed millions of people across the globe who participated in the event and switched off their lights for an hour from 8:30 pm till 9.30 pm local time to celebrate their commitment for saving the finite resources of the planet. With global temperatures the...

Read More
End of Camping Season
Mar 24

End of Camping Season

Bahrain’s camping season which started last year will soon be coming to an end. The government institutions organized this season meticulously and planned activities to make it convenient to all visitors who came to the Sakhir and other adjoining areas located some 30 kilometers south of the capital Manama for...

Read More
World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water
Mar 17

World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day (WWD). Since then the WWD is globally celebrated with a specific theme to draw wider public attention to the importance of water for mankind and for our future generations.  Water is essential to our survival, it is...

Read More