Three Rs that should be adopted to foster citizens’ inclusion in Waste Management

Clement Johnson


To relate is to associate, interact and to make a connection. There are so many synonyms that could be used instead of relating, but the important part is that it’s the first step every individual and citizen should take towards their own waste.

This first step is pivotal towards citizen inclusion in the management of their waste. It’s very important that everyone is curious about where the waste they generate goes to and what happens to it after they dispose of it. Having that sense of responsibility in every citizen would bring about the consciousness that’s needed to prevent improper disposal of waste.

To achieve this first R, education is needed and if possible it should be included in the curriculum of students at the primary school level.


The second R is achievable only if the first R has been achieved. That’s to buttress that the 3Rs are intertwined. People can only have a rethink over someone or something that they care about. There can be no Rethink if there’s no Relationship.

A change of perspective is achieved when citizens think of their contributions and also agree that they are stakeholders in waste generation and should also be stakeholders in waste management. A rethink would lead to a notable change in the behavioral pattern of the citizens towards their waste.


This R is the goal and endpoint of the two Rs that have been discussed previously, which is to redeem the environment which means to set free, liberate, rescue, set free and so many other synonyms that could be used in place of redeeming.

The market place, roadsides, water bodies, and drainage systems are not the ideal place for our waste and there’s an urgent need to redeem these places and more to have a healthier environment.

The citizens have to cooperate with the government and the workers of the waste sectors to achieve this goal, and the citizens are the most important if proper waste management is to be achieved.