This Predicted Futuristic Waste Management Pattern Could Be the Ideal Waste Management Infrastructure That Will Save Africa from Indiscriminate Waste Disposal – The lack of a fluent waste management infrastructure in most West African nations is a major environmental concern. Unmanaged dump sites and waste heaps indiscriminately heaped on major corners and junctions are common sights on a tour of the region. These wastes are usually caused by either unchanneled rushing waters or accumulated from human activity. The Futurist Blog have taken a thorough study of this situation and compiled the below predictions as solutions to the current menace of indiscriminate waste disposal in West Africa.
Proposed Solutions to Indiscriminate Waste Disposal in West Africa
Establishing Better Relationship Between the Government, the people and Recyclables Scavengers
As a West African, you might have had a dealing with one or more scavengers. They are everywhere, looking for condemned iron and other recyclables to buy. These scavengers are highly mobile and dogged, they can trek and navigate even the most difficult terrain in their search for recyclables. With a better relationship with the government, these scavengers could be used as agents of environmental protection.
Mobilizing scavengers into environmental protection agents could involve demanding that all scavengers become registered with the relevant government ministry. Issuance of an Identity Card and allocation of space for their work could go a long way in reshaping the relationship between scavengers and the people. Better flexibility in their work could help drive up the pace of waste collection.
Suitable Waste Collection Facilities
Another driver of indiscriminate waste disposal is the unavailability of a waste collection system that suits the African standard. Most waste collection equipment is mere substandard plastic waste-baskets that can only serve lightweight solid wastes.
Contracting companies to manufacture better models of waste collection equipment will further curb indiscriminate waste disposal. When people have the right trash disposal equipment that can accommodate organic and inorganic wastes, it will make the subsequent predictions easier to achieve.
Privatization of Dumpsites
The bitter truth? For us to achieve a greener environment, dumpsites must be privatized. Privatizing dumpsites will generate not just thousands of jobs, but will also force the people to sit up to the blaring menace of global warming and how their activities affect the environment.
If dumpsites are given to individuals to run, environmental tax can be easily realized in the form of fees charged per weight of waste. This is a very great prediction that if implemented, can change the environmental standard of Africa overnight. These dumpsites owners will become agents for recycling firms. Even, recycling firms, could even become owners of dumpsites. This way, it becomes easy to: collect assorted wastes using the above step. These dumpsites will make the logistics easier by even employing either the services of the scavengers. Use of trucks and specialized vehicles for waste collection becomes easier as it is now a business.
Organic Wastes for Soil Enrichment
With specialized waste collection equipment and a flexible waste management pattern as stated above, gathering organic wastes becomes easy. These accumulated organic wastes can be easily used by Agro firms for the production of compost. Composting is a proven ecofriendly means of managing organic waste. The resultant compost can be sold to both low-scale and high-scale farmers. The resultant compost is a mineral rich manure that can be used to improve soil fertility.
Grassroots Sensitization on Global Warming and Enrolment of Environmental Protection into The Basic Educational Curriculum
We all know that education is one of the cheapest solutions available out there, so educating both the old and young generation on the dangers and implications of environmentally demeaning activities will go a long way in curbing indiscriminate waste disposal. Taking the enlightenment to the rural areas in the form of grassroots sensitization campaigns will also help in educating the rural areas on how their activities affect the environment.
If the above predictions are applied, the ease of collecting waste will increase. This will also generate thousands of job. The inability of the government to tax the people for environmental maintenance will be defeated by the inherited firms. Mobilizing scavengers, manufacturing specialized waste collection equipment, privatizing refuse sites and sensitizing the people on global warming and environmental protection, if applied reasonably, will transform the environmental standard of most West African nations.Follow The Futurist For More