The occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is making a comeback again and this time it is bringing in the same excitement as before. Pakistan is busy with choosing various animals from the Bakra Mandi for the celebration of this grand religious event. But no one seems to retain their attention towards waste management for this Eid-ul-Adha.
Not only is this Eid filled with delicious recipes, dishes, and barbeque platters but it also contributes to a new wave of cleaning! Eid-ul-Adha requires you to clean up after sacrificing the animals. A lot of people don’t tend to do so after they perform religious sacrificing. The thing is, streets become covered with endless blood while the unnecessary meat is then discarded to any corner outside.
This creates a continuous loop of mess for the residents as well as for the person throwing the excessive parts of the meat. Also, if one cannot clean up after themselves then celebrating this religious holiday seems hypocritical. Muslims sacrifice to please God. However, Allah doesn’t appreciate humans leaving behind rubbish or litter. It takes a couple of hours to thoroughly clean up and it helps gain reassurance from the Almighty as well.
The Simple Ways You Can Lead A Waste-Free Eid-ul-Adha!
Though, there are methods that you can adopt to ensure that you don’t have to work too much after sacrificing. This means that you sacrifice in a manner where it is easy for you to clean up afterward. And there is less blood to deal with, in the first place. Here are a couple of those tactics that one can use to minimize waste for this Eid-ul-Adha:
Keep An Eye On The Blood:
When you are sacrificing the animal then it is possible that having the thought of spilling less blood wouldn’t cross your mind. However, if one has the ability to do so then it saves up a lot of mess beforehand. This does seem easy to mention and difficult to implement but there is always a possibility. First off, make sure that after the animal is cut up, you immediately cater to the blood so it doesn’t spill outside. Leaving blood onto the floor not only leaves a bad smell but becomes difficult to clean up. Therefore, this actually makes a great waste management technique for an occasion like Eid because if you can control the blood-shed then that’s 70% of the work done anyways!
Another great idea would be to buy cleaning products that you can use right after the blood spills. It is better than pushing it back into the house through a wiper or a broom. Not to mention, if you don’t have the set budget for such different tools then another option is to have a couple of people ready by the gate. And they can keep cleaning till there’s no more blood to go outside nor is there any left in the house. Pakistan’s drainage systems aren’t of the best quality. Because of this, once it rains, there are large bodies of water that remain stuck in the streets. Moreover, this is definitely something that any person living in Karachi would be able to confirm after the city’s 2019’s monsoon season.
Don’t Sacrifice In The Middle Of The Street:
This is a step that some people might not be able to consider because their house isn’t huge enough to sacrifice an animal in. Also, if a household is looking to sacrifice a camel then they automatically require a larger space. So if you are any of these people, it is okay to skip this. However, if you do have the leverage to perform the sacrifice in your own house then it would be a better move than doing it outside. The blood spilled from the animals killed indoors does contribute to litter on the streets, to some degree. But nothing beats slaughtering the animal outside. Not only does it have the potential to create a sense of chaos but causes major blood spill that flows everywhere. And leaving this in the hands of the poor sweepers doesn’t make sense as well.
Allah will never be happy with someone that can’t even look out for themselves and their surroundings. These sweepers are already paid less for the amount of work that they put in. Hence, if you sacrifice an animal outside then it becomes more of a hassle and close to a nightmare for them to cater to. Additionally, there are children or people that cannot handle the sight of blood, so it would be a bad decision to slaughter in a place where such people are vulnerable to these sightings.
Look Out For Opportunities to Engage In Post-Eid Cleanings:
Did you sacrifice in the vicinity of your own house and took care of the gushing blood? That is a great approach towards this religious occasion. But are you now looking for ways to do the same for others as well? Going out during Eid-ul-Adha seems a bit frightening for some people because of the red blood-ridden streets. Moreover, the blood takes forever to clean because it somehow sticks to the road at some point.
It appears that the sweepers and people responsible to clean it up, struggle as well. To approach such a situation, one can offer help through participating in a campaign that encourages people to clean waste after Eid-ul-Adha. There are several programs that the government launches regarding such concerns. And taking part is not only helpful for yourself but the surroundings as well. You can go in groups to conduct such activities, it gets the work done quickly as well.
Nevertheless, make sure that you spend this Eid in a happy and successful manner while keeping your loved ones close. However, cleaning up is a basic behavior that humans are encouraged since their childhood. The most one can do during this Holy occasion is to confirm peace and convenience for the other people.
What do you think of the situation? Do you clean up quickly after the animal is sacrificed or do you leave it to the outside sweepers to take care of? Will you be using or applying any of these waste management tactics for this Eid? Share your thoughts.