The 30th of January, is National Cleanliness Day. I didn’t even know we had one! We have two, for the record, the other being on 2nd October.
This day is also observed as Martyr’s Day to mark the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who started with the whole Swacch Bharat concept in the first place.
So we all posted patriotic quotes and shared emotional videos about desh-bhakti a few days back on Republic Day. All that nationalism dies soon after sun down and we go back to our normal lives, cursing the government for everything that is going wrong with our lives, from taxes to traffic to filthy streets. So what if we ourselves aren’t doing a single thing to contribute to any of the solutions? It is our birthright to crib and curse.
On a serious note though, there are a few simple things that we can actually do, especially for a cleaner country. We all would like a saaf-sutra desh to live in.It won’t even take much effort:
We ran a campaign on Facebook the past week, #KeepItClean, in which we shared a series of posts about how you could do your bit to contribute to a cleaner society. Here’s what you can do:
1. Always carry a small poly-bag
A recycled paper bag would be just great. Use it to throw in little pieces of trash. ALWAYS.
We all know that there is a dearth of dustbins in our city. Let’s stop blaming and start doing.
2. Segregate waste at home in 3 separate bins
Biodegradable, Recyclable and Others. Yes this has been told to us time and again, and we do start, but it fizzles out soon (much like our new year resolutions.) If you are living in a society, you could talk to the management and get this system of segregation implemented there.
3. Re-use old bottles
You can do a lot of creative things with old plastic bottles instead of throwing them away. We saw some cool ideas on bored panda.
4. Compost pit
Its cheap, its useful, and your best friend if you have a green thumb.You can collect and separate out your food scraps before you head for the garbage. Find a compost collection site in your area and take your scraps there weekly or just utilize it for your plants.
5. Join a Community Cleanliness Drive
Trust us, it is much easier to do something when there are others doing it with you. You can join community cleanliness drives (insert link/ research more)
6. Use Fabric Bags
Instead of getting things from your vegetable vendor in a zillion tiny polythene bags, carry your own fabric bag when you go shopping. You have got to admit, a fabric bag has a charm of its own.
7. Live Clean Yourself
Keep your house tidy, get it cleaned regularly, declutter, live healthy, live clean. Try using all those cleaning hacks that we have in our blog.
Well these are some tips you can follow easily. We do hope that you practice at least some of these. In all honesty, we hope that we follow them as well.
Here’s to a cleaner India!
Simple Steps To Keep Our City Clean
Posted Date: |Updated: 28-Aug-2012 |Category: Health|Author: Mahesh Gaikwad|Member Level: Gold|Points: 35|
As we all see garbage and waste materials thrown on streets, public places, almost everywhere. want to know simple steps to keep our city clean, then, few simple steps are discussed here. If each one of us can keep our home, building, colony and city clean, then, the country will ally be clean.
Few months back I read in one of newspaper that in Mumbai at church gate station few college going student were cleaning railway subway. They clean up all the steps with brooms, picked up all the plastic bags, wrappers, paper, bottles etc. After that they washed all the steps and stained walls, with water. Stairs looked cleaned in just 2 hours of hard work. Few of passer-by was making fun of them, students ignored them. But, I appreciate such initiatives and courage.
We all love our family and our home and we keep our home neat and clean. How many of us think about keeping cleanliness outside our resident? Very few, right? That means, we don't love our country with our heart. If I am wrong then why our city, streets, roads are so dirty? Every city, roads, transports, stations etc all belongs to us. Actually this country belongs to us and it is our home. Then, why are we making it so dirty? If you are blaming government then you are completely wrong. It is not only government's fault, ours too.
I know that government neglect these things sometimes. They don't have time for such small issues (according to them), but this is not a small issue and this should not be done by them. They should take necessary steps to keep our city clean.
Necessary steps should be taken by Government:-
• Dustbins should be kept at all public places like Bus stations, Railway stations, Gardens, Theatres etc.
• Dustbins should be kept at proper distance on roads.
• Proper waste containers should be kept in every area.
• Rules should be made and action should be taken if someone breaks the rule.
• Daily cleaning of public places is necessary.
• They should make public aware of importance of cleanliness and should tell them the after effects of not keeping it clean (like diseases).
• Proper public toilets are to be made and they should be maintained regularly.
But, just we are paying tax that does not mean that we can do anything. Spitting, throwing waste in public places is an offence. Still we are doing these mistakes every day. I know that we are not doing these mistakes intentionally but it is happening and because of this we are making our city dirty. Even while travelling or roaming we used to throw papers and chips wrappers on roads. On most of the road we see garbage at its corner and which can be the reason behind all serious diseases like fever, malaria etc . And I don't think that anyone want to get ill. We can avoid such things very easily.
Simple, but important steps should be taken by us to keep our city clean:-
• While traveling doesn't throw any wrapper, paper or any dry waste on road. Keep it in your bag or pocket (as it is a dry waste you can keep them in your bag/pocket).
• Keep paper bags with yourself to store wet waste and throw them in dustbin only.
• Avoid spitting on roads (as it can be the reason of viral disease).
• Avoid chewing Pan-Masala, Gutka and Tobacco.
• Avoid use of plastic bags.
• Follow government's rules and regulations.
• If someone is breaking the rule then make them aware of it.
• Stop your friends if they are making such mistakes.
• Spread awareness to keep our city clean.
Most of us are in love with foreign countries just because of their cleanliness. I am sure that just following these simple steps can make a big difference in our lovely country and I assure you that you will never feel like going any other country. And every foreigner will fall in love with our country and on that day we will feel very proud.
We are citizen of this Indian nation and we should proud of that and should make everyone feel proud with our work.