We are fortunate to embrace the happiness and comfort brought about by the rapid developmental activities, however at the same time we cannot ignore the deleterious impact of such activities. Various problem evolve due to reckless mining and road infrastructures. By and large it's the the problem of waste that demands more attention. Massive amount of garbage from individual household, industries at large, municipal waste etc wreaks havoc in the environment.
The garbage includes all plastics, diused metal, infrastructure debris, etc.which are categorised under non biodegradable. Where as waste from kitchen, food processing industries, etc falls under biodegradable category. Either of any two have deleterious affect on our environment.
Enormous amount of waste are produced from the municipality and big towns like thimphu ,phuntsholing etc . Thimphu city alone is said to generate metric tones of waste in a single day. The only available land fill is at memilakha and it's at the verge of becoming full. Apparently it's just a matter of time ,one day when memilakha gets full ,it will take a massive toll on us. Much the same every other places face the challenge of waste management. There is big void amid the management policy and as well the genuine initiative and concern from all the people.
In Bhutan people take things for granted. We think it's the sheer responsibility of city cooperation to take care of the waste . In a way it is the lack of attitude and cooperation from the people ,which hinders the success of waste management. Only sizeable number of houses do the segregation of plastic /non plastic. As well its lack of awareness and civility in the mindset of Bhutansese citizen.
It's quite pathetic when a VIP traveling by a BMW,recklessly throws out their waste on the road.
Bhutan is comparatively far cleaner and greener, perhaps this can be attributed to lesser population. But now the situation is otherwise. More people and more waste , rapid development and massive unwanted stuffs. Unless we change our mentality ,the sheer roleplay of city cooperation would be a despair.
But apparently things ain't out of control. Though we are all but late still lots of things can be done to avoid a biggest catrastrophy in the times to come. We should be proactive and concerned as to where our own disposal goes into. We should emphasise more on holistic approach by way of recycle,reuse principle. Zero tolerance to litter and necessary measures to curb the careless attitude of people. Unless we consolidate our contribution and mindset together as one ,Bhutan is susceptible to a great risk of waste disaster.