Demand a Solution for India’s Trash Crisis

Target: President of the National Solid Waste Association of India, Amiya Kumar Sahu

Goal: Implement a waste disposal system in India that will result in the proper disposal of waste and lead to healthier living conditions and a better environment

India is currently overrun with waste. Garbage spills over from bins, lines the streets, seeps into the water system, promotes the thriving insect population and aids in the rampant spread of disease. Currently, the country’s waste management is so poorly regulated that some areas are even permitted to dump their trash directly in the streets. Door-to-door collection is virtually non-existent and the landfills that do exist are frequently shutting down permanently because they have reached capacity.

India has developed some rudimentary forms of garbage collection. The first is called street-sweeping. Street-sweepers literally sweep trash into piles and then transport these piles to designated waste bins. However, these bins are not regularly emptied by the city, and often times result in the arbitrary task of moving trash from one pile to another. There has also been the development of rag-pickers. These are people who search through the garbage in the streets or landfills for things that they can resell. The downfall of this occurrence is the rag-pickers will often overturn waste bins further spreading trash into the streets.

One of the biggest reasons the trash issue in India has gotten so out of hand is the country’s inability to keep up with the increase in population. India has grown at a rate of more than 20 percent each year since 1980. Currently, 340 million people live in India, and by the year 2030, that number is estimated to double. With nowhere to put all of the garbage the population is producing, there is no option left but to pile it in the streets or dispose of it wherever they can.

This type of living situation is unacceptable. There needs to be a huge overhaul of the waste management system in India. No one should have to live among garbage, as if they are garbage themselves. With a better system in place, the people of India can live a much healthier and happier life. Please sign the petition to require the President of the National Solid Waste Association start creating some solutions to the immense waste issues in India.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President of the National Solid Waste Association of India, Amiya Kumar Sahu,

The waste management situation in India has gotten out of control. People are living among the garbage, as it is rampant in the streets. Even the people such as street-sweepers or rag-pickers, who attempt to clear areas as best they can, are only practicing an exercise in futility. The trash is simply being moved from one area to another, or piled even higher on top of other mountains of trash. The government is seemingly doing nothing to help the people of India out of the widespread epidemic created by the lack of waste management.

Not only does this waste problem create an environment so unsanitary it promotes the spread of disease, but it is doing irrefutable damage to the environment itself. It is essential to immediately construct a system that will manage the waste problem already present, and help to eliminate future issues with waste disposal. The people of India deserve a better waste management system, but they need your help.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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