Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (3 Rs)

Waste can be reduced by reducing the generation of waste from industries. Wastes should also be segregated. Wastes such as glass, rubber, and metal pieces can be reused to produce new materials. Wastes such as fly ash are produced by paper, the industry can be used for making roads and filling up low-lying areas. In this article, We have discussed the Importance of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Wastes should be reduced, reused, and recycled. Wastes can also be treated and recycled to make new products. Example: The paper industry uses recycled pieces of wood from the furniture industry. Paper can also be recycled.

Government Initiatives for Protecting the Environment

The Environment Protection Act (1986) empowers the central government to coordinate actions of the state governments and plan and execute a nationwide programme for the prevention, control, and abatement of environmental pollution. Environmental activists have been demanding that large and big dams should not be built, as the construction of big dams submerges forested land, disrupts the ecosystem of rivers, and destroys not only the aquatic life but also the terrestrial life around them. The building of large dams also displaces people in large numbers.

Social Initiatives

  • Many social initiatives are taken to protect the environment. Some of these are
  • Air pollution can be minimized by using public transport by car pooling.
  • People living in housing societies can initiate steps for waste management by making provisions for waste segregation and building compost pits.
  • People should stress making houses or residential buildings with solar panels and water recharging facilities.

Individual initiatives

  • Use of plastic bags should be discarded, and bags made of jute or cloth should be encouraged
  • Use eco-friendly objects
  • Cut down on the use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)
  • Adopt and popularise renewable sources of energy
  • Reuse and recycle wastes
  • Use rechargeable batteries

Also, Read Impact of Waste Accumulation

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