Severe solid waste condition in Pakistan, cause problems for the people…!


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Pakistan generate a lot of solid waste, there is no proper management system for the reduction of waste. Many people die due to waste-related diseases.

Condition of solid waste is very critical in Pakistan, while passing through any footpath or any road, we always see clumps of solid waste there except on few pathways. The condition of solid waste is most perilous in the major cities of Pakistan like Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad etc.  In Pakistan roughly 20 million tons of solid waste is generated annually, with annual growth rate of about 2.4 percent. Karachi, the largest city in the country, generates more than 9,000 tons of solid waste daily. Due to the large amount of waste, many people die because of waste-related diseases.
All people worried about its management because, there is no proper waste management system in Pakistan. There is no proper collection, treatment and disposal system of waste, because Pakistan is a developing country and have less resources and technology. Waste generation is very high in our country while there are limited landfill sites in Pakistan. We need additional but safe landfill sites for the disposal of waste. Open dumping of waste is very much common in our country, while open combustion of waste is very common in our country, people consider it a reliable way to reduce waste but, actually it is not reliable it cause many harmful pollutants to release in  air.
We always hear in news, in that “___”city of Pakistan there are clumps of waste on streets and roads, government cannot do anything for it. In this regard, I want to say that if the government can do nothing for waste reduction, why we don’t do this by our self. Basically, we produce this litter. For waste reduction we have to use reusable things, we have to use things again and again. We should produce less waste, it’s not only our responsibility it is also the part of our faith. Basically, I want to say that government is not responsible for the waste production, public is responsible for it. So if we produce less waste, I think, then the government will better manage it.
Saher Pervez
Dept. of Environmental sciences, GCWUS.
The Earth Needs Love.

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