Zero Waste Economy : Theological Insights for Urban Sustainable Waste Management
R. Shibu Mayam.
  • ISBN 13 : 9789351481454
  • year : 2016
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One of the major concerns of the present society is the rampant consumerism and the malignant throw away culture, which has resulted in the accumulation of waste. Regardless of urban or rural area, nobody wants rubbish in their backyard. The theology that emerges from the present research is garbology which states that whatever God has created is `good' and `holy'. The `good' is considered sacred and useful; and the useless is waste and therefore must be thrown out. The author asserts that the management of waste is required so as to keep our environment `good' and `holy'. The book outshines various means of managing waste such as reducing usage, recycling or reusing and making the waste organic/degradable and thus returning it to nature so that nature can easily assimilate it. The present research brings out the scenario of solid waste disposal in Vilappilsala, a typical Kerala village in Thiruvananthapuram District. The village having experienced the garbage imperialism from the city dwellers, resisted dumping and finally succeeded. The book seeks to find an alternative and proposes a theology of zero waste which will ultimately lead to a zero waste economy. God has created everything `good' and `holy' and the book pinpoints the human responsibility to address the waste situation.