How Do You Handle Holiday Waste
By Holiday Waste, I mean the waste generated after the holidays. When this waste-line increases the results can be disastrous!
Journeying through India in the past few years has been a very pleasant experience. The monuments, architectural marvels and scenic delights are all preserved and taken care of so well. But then I did come across some eyesores too… particularly the water bodies. They are misused and left uncared, the result is waste getting accumulated in them.
Edible fish have ceased to exist in these water bodies due to continued bouts of hypoxia. Most of them I am sure are mosquito nurseries of these scenic sights. It was a shock for me to see the locals washing clothes at Agastyatirtha Tank at Badami in North Karnataka. I did try to talk to the locals; they seemed to be very casual about this pollution.
At other places like in Daulatabad in Maharashtra, the locals blamed the tourists. Holidaymakers leave behind much of the waste, the plastic bags and bottles, the locals said. The problem needs immediate attention of the tourism industry.
Unless tourism industry takes some stringent measures against polluting, no improvement in scene can be expected. After every festival or holiday we create a lot of waste stuff; left over food, dead batteries, wrapping paper, packaging, bottles, cans and more. While those that can be reused must be reused. If further reuse is not possible recycle them and then the final step, dispose properly. Onus is on the tourists to follow this meticulously, only then these sight seeing places can leave sweeter memories.
Look at this bird struggling to find a neat corner to sip water from. When will we learn?