The Story of Trash

The Story of Trash

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It's been a long time since I wrote in a compassion, missing a lot of things without writing a waste of work. Fortunately I still keep some stories in the pictures I'm trying to make. Yes, treating memory can be done in various ways, one of them by writing and drawing. We must make a lot of work and of course archived, so that the work made can provide little benefit to the public.

This time I will tell you about my excited feeling in the discipline training process of dumping garbage for the last five years, simple things but not easy to do. In 2011 and then, me and one of my friends had made a simple movement on campus that is one day a garbage bag collected in the campus area.

An activity that is not grandiose, at that time we just try to do something useful for the environment around the discipline in disposing of garbage. I collect one pocket, my friend collect one pouch. Every day we will collect the garbage found, because without searching the amount of garbage scattered certainly a lot. According to garbage statistics data in January 2017 presented data that every day Indonesia produces 130,000 tons daily with an average of 2.1 kilograms of waste production per person.

It's a fantastic amount if we realize it, but in the process of building personal awareness is not an easy matter, everyone is confronted with the constructed values ??that clearing garbage in public areas is not their duty but the responsibility of the janitor. Is that right? Of course not, everyone should be responsible for self-produced and collective waste, both children and adults.

When I was a child companion in the village of Ledokombo Jember, I found that the children and the village community were more disciplined in terms of taking care of the garbage. Unlike many claimed by many, the largest waste contributor is certainly in the urban area that is the place of production and distribution from household to company level, the form of waste also ranges from plastic waste to industrial waste. In an activity plan to make a garbage bank in the village, I do the data that the amount of garbage production in a hamlet even in the village is very small, somewhat abundant when there are crowded activities such as weddings and recitation activities that already use mineral water for consumption for guests present.

The rest of the waste production tends to be stable, each household can only collect no more than one sack of garbage per week. The accumulation has included plastic waste, leaves, and other simple household waste. At the village level, the amount of waste is more varied, such as types of iron, cables, cardboard, paper, glass bottles, and household hardware or aluminum utensils.

When in town, garbage collectors will be inundated with garbage in various places while garbage collectors at the village level will go around once a week, pick up sorted trash and then offer a redemption form such as swapping garbage with household appliances (household items made from plastic materials to aluminum pans).

Children and communities in the village are more aware of the importance of protecting the environment, because they are aware that the implications of environmental damage are in direct contact with them. For example, garbage discharged into a river can contaminate rivers used everyday for bathing needs, washing related household needs, to cleaning cattle, as well as for irrigating rice fields in the fields.

In a village life that is still pure, the river is also a place of public recreation when the afternoon. Then the awareness is balanced with the attitude of discipline in an effort to dispose of waste in the place they have provided. This knowledge is not derived from theory but they practice self-sensitivity to the surrounding conditions, not just focusing on individual interests.

This is in stark contrast when viewed in the context of urban areas, where garbage tends to be handed over to janitorials legitimized in a profession. Yet as a human we are obliged to maintain the environment, not only beneficial to ourselves. Practicing littering in its place gave me the experience that loyalty to commitment had to go through a non-short training process, I became more sensitive and conscious of my individual responsibilities (I had to practice finding a trashcan that might not be near me), practicing caring self should start from the little things because each process provides benefits to us either directly or indirectly.

So responsible for the waste itself is a mental attitudeGood practice 🙂

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