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India's Huge Volumes of Waste


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Agnes
- 878 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Rapid urbanisation in India is creating huge volumes of waste in its cities. Mumbai generates more rubbish each day than any other city in the country. To deal with the problem, the city's civic authorities have proposed privatizing solid waste managem



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Carol H. (229)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 5:26 am
noted, thank you Agnes
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 12:43 pm
What a mess.
 

ellen m. (233)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:46 pm
I see the "rag pickers' wearing gloves, but what about breathing in all that stuff?!
The city as i see it has no choice but to privatize with the provision that a majority of these people are included in the process in some way, and it must be done sooner than later!

Just to give you an idea of what even the fumes from food can do...
My last house i constantly complained about a smell only i seemed to notice. I also had a bad taste in my mouth from time to time. The landlord ignored me, told me i was crazy when i persisted.
In the meantime, i had a full iodized cat scan done due to chest pain, and they could find no cause.
Fast forward a year. Christmas Eve our water pipe in the basement broke, and the plumber told me that in addition to that, the water from the kitchen sink had been draining onto a dirt pad as that pipe had been broken for what appeared to be quite a while, so that everything that went down it sat and was evaporating back up,or blown through the vents as the furnace grate was right next to it.
So i had been exposed to methane gas for god knows how long, just from food!
And this has caused me to have COPD, and be on daily medication. $300+ monthly.

Now multiply that by thousands of people, children and adults, breathing in garbage made up of not only food but horribly toxic chemicals and molds, and god only knows what else.
It is up to the government to clean this mess up, and then help the people. Thanks Agnes
 

NIKY NINA (49)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 2:21 pm
something more radical needs to be done i guess...thank u A.
 

Mike and Janis B. (7)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 2:37 pm
Most of the stuff in this video is recyclable or compostable, so why are the municipal governments not implementing it.
 

dAlbert M. (13)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 2:53 pm
Ever since time-immemorial, HUMAN ADVANCEMENT, PROSPERITY AND SOCIAL AFFLUENCE has always come AT A HEAVY PRICE, and that price comes in the number of Human lives LOST or DISABLED ! That 'PRICE' variably reaches ever rising 'peaks and troughs' from time-to-time such as during the 'Industrial Revolution' when MINERS LITERALLY COUGHED UP SPUTA LADEN WITH COAL PARTICLES its PEAK , the Military-Industrial Corporate SURGE at time Global Military Campaigns and the now during the TECHNOLOGICAL-INTERNET REVOLUTION . It is CITIZENS of Countries who are the 'new BOYS ON THE BLOCK' front-runners such as INDIA,China and Brazil WHO PAY THE HEAVIEST PRICE WITH THEIR LIVES. THAT WAS THE MESSAGE PUT ACROSS TO THE WORLD BY UNION CARBIDE'S DISASTER AT BOPHAL and has since been REPEATED IN VARIOUS FORMS AND SETTINGS ALL OVER INDIA, POWERING AHEAD TO MODERNISE AND ADVANCE AS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE AT ALL COSTS !! That was the price paid by millions of 'anonymous' People with their lives in Towns and Cities during the Industrial Revolution in Europe,THAT IS THE PRICE BEING PAID BY MILLIONS OF 'ANONYMOUS' CITIZENS WITH THEIR LIVES ALL OVER INDIA DURING THE CURENT IT-TECHNOLOGICAL INDUSTRIAL PUTSCH !! INDIAS 'GREEN REVOLUTION' saved millions of LIVES, INDIA'S 'CARBON-FILLED' REVOLUTION IS DESTROYING even MILLIONS MORE !!! PAUSE, TAKE STOCK and follow the prudent paths your forebears have followed in the PAST !! TAKE CARE OF THE MILLIONS_OF LIVES IN YOU PUSH FOR TRILLIONS OF RUPEES !!!!
 

Diane Piecara (14)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 4:12 pm
I hate garbage. The natural world has no waste. We need to think more like the natural world.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 4:16 pm
Thanks for the information.
 

Eddie O. (95)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 9:03 pm
Certainly recycling should be implimented a.s.a.p. however it can be best initiated.
 

dAlbert M. (13)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 10:53 pm
IT IS INDEED THE CURSE of 'ALL INDIA HYPER-RUPEE EARNING' INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITY, NOT only of MUMBAI, which as the "INDUSTRIAL HHUB' GENERATES MORE TRASH WITH WHICH INDIANS SQUEEZE THEMSELVES OUT OF SPACE, COMPROMISE THEIR WATER AND AIR QULITY and ever relentlessly comprise the HABITABLE SPACES FOR ALL OTHER LIVING FORMS _ TREES *with no green spaces), AQUATIC LIFE-FORMS CHOKED TO DEATH BY HUMAN GENERATED GARBAGE and FRESH WATER SOURCES and COURSES compromised , threatening MAN's very own SURVIVAL THROUGH CHOLERA (Endemic) and other Water-Bourne diseases DIRECTLY as a result of HUMAN GARBAGE _generated INTERNALLY or EXTERNALLY! DOLPHINS ARE OFCOURSE SOME OF THE VICTIMS , BUT INFACT ONLY PART OF MUCH LARGER (though important) EQUATION !! Go anytime into the Peri-Urban Mumbai and you will pick innumerable cases of (ALL) LIFE-THREATENING WATER-BOURNE DISEASES ! I apologise the emphasis of my original comment was much broader , in general tearms and missed mentioning THE DOLPHINS OFCOURSE !!!!!!! MY APOLOGIES for the over-sight !
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 12:40 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 2:21 am
Its a big mess the GOVT should think of using it by burning and produce electricity alternatively recycle it to avoid spread of disease
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 4:54 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Roger M. (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 10:00 am
Yeah, the mind fairly boggles at the extent of it.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 2:51 pm
What a commentary on a single city in India. Dogs, goats, kittens, eating the seemingly endless amounts of garbage. What a sad and disturbing story.
I can't remember hearing the term "rag pickers" since reading of these people during the Victorian Period.
 

. (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:41 am
Noted, thanks.
 
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