“Garbage”, Whose Burden Is It?
At present, waste problem in the city has become more severe. The busy lifestyle of city dwellers is the cause of the waste problem in the city. However, most of the people choose to ignore the problem and believe that it neither concern them nor will become a major problem in the society. On the other hand, many organizations have initiated campaigns and mobilized volunteers to raise public awareness on proper waste management.
L.P.N. Development Public Co., Ltd. (LPN), the developer of urban residential condominium under “Lumpini” brand, has been running “Waste Segregation” campaign since 2009 as residential condominiums are another source of waste problem in the urban area. The campaign is promoted among staff and residents of Lumpini community. The pilot project is implemented in Lumpini Park Pinklao to promote proper waste segregation in the condominium. Basic knowledge on waste segregation and types of waste is provided. One of the most successful waste segregation activities is “Egg for Bottle” activity. Eggs are given out to the residents in exchange for used plastic bottles. The bottles will then be collected and sold to be recycled and the money earned will be used to organize other activities in the community. However, the amount of waste in the community is still increasing. Waste segregation campaign alone is not the answer and cannot significantly reduce waste.
The Company realizes the gravity of the problem and organizes “Lumpini Zero Waste” campaign in 2018 to build on the success of existing waste segregation activities. The campaign is piloted in Lumpini Park Pinklao since it is a large community and will be expanded to more than 137 Lumpini communities and 200,000 residents. The residents are encouraged to reduce plastic consumption and reject single-use plastics. LPN is contacting owners of shops in the community to seek their collaboration in the campaign to raise awareness and realize the importance of rejecting single-use plastic such as plastic bag and plastic straw. The shop owners will take part in the campaign by not offering customers a plastic bag as well as confirming with the customers if they really need a plastic bag from the shop.
At the same time, LPN plans to promote the campaign in the community by encouraging the residents to use cotton bags and bring their own cup and food container. The campaign is progressing well as shop owners offer their full cooperation. The next step is to promote the activity by putting up information on notice boards in the community and participating shops and LED screen in elevators. Activities will also be organized to raise awareness and build understanding of community members.
The answer to the question “Garbage…whose burden is it?” is very simple. It is not a burden or duty of anyone in particular but everyone in the society. We must help reduce waste, reject single-use plastic and use resources in an efficient manner for a better tomorrow for us all.