Waste Sorting and Rodent Menace

Waste Sorting and Rodent MenaceWaste Sorting and Rodent Menace

Tehran has millions of rodents and their population is growing fast, which indicates lackadaisical implementation of pest eradication plans, said Mohammad Haqqani, head of Tehran City Council.

At present, after air and noise pollution, the capital is faced with the rat menace. According to statistics, the number of rodents is estimated at four per person. Tehran municipal offices, should deal with the problem of rodents, which are of the 'Norwegian type' immediately, he said, as reported by ANA.

The only way out of the rodent dilemma is strict implementation of the waste management plan: waste separation at source. Despite the law, wet and dry wastes are not segregated at source in Tehran. As a result, the possibility of infectious diseases in the city also exists.

If the waste management plan is applied simultaneously with pest eradication strategies such as poison baiting, "we can control the rat population in the city", Haqqani added.

Major Factors

Population growth, variety of products, synthetic materials, and a "disposable culture" are among the major factors for the massive amounts of garbage, heaping up faster than it can be recycled.

The so called new technologies get old as soon as they are purchased. Meals and drinks in disposable wares have become the accepted social norms.

What we drag out of nature, quickly turns into garbage and is thrown back into the lap of nature. If we cannot help but make waste, we can at least lessen the burden and sort the waste.

By sorting our waste from the very start, we help lower the costs of waste segregation, one of the hardest labor jobs in the world. For starters, let there be wet and dry waste.

Wet waste comprises 70% of refuse in Iran. It typically refers to organic waste usually fruit peels, inedible vegetables, and leftovers. They are degradable, hence recyclable. A mixture of manure and wet waste can be used to produce compost, the productive soil amendment, aliased 'Black Gold' among gardeners of the US.

If wet waste is turned to compost, most of the garbage will be removed, and as a result, costs of curbside collection, waste transport and dumping will reduce.

The worth of dry waste is clear to most citizens when they see systemized or freelance scavengers delving deep in recycling bins and hunting for papers, glasses, plastics, metals, etc.

In addition to economic benefits, waste management is also important to maintain health and hygiene.