Cleaning cities during the night would save children and others from dust in the morning and 91 per cent of those surveyed said they would be willing to change their lifestyles for this.
“Very little is done in India when it comes to cleaning at night. Schools, homes, offices and streets are all cleaned during morning hours and that leads to dusty air, piled-up garbage and mosquitoes, leading to many negative implications on our health and quality of life,” said the countrywide survey of 15,000 persons conducted by the Local Circles citizen engagement platform.
Eighty per cent citizens felt that their localities are not cleaned during the night. A mere 14 per cent said this was happenning while sic per cent did not comment.
“Ninety-one per cent people are ready to change their lifestyle for night time cleaning, which also includes garbage collection,” survey said.
However, it further pointed out that unlike developed countries where garbage is kept outside houses in night and collected in the morning, for Indians, it’s hard to adapt to a new system.
“At present, household garbage is taken away in the forenoon. In the new system, garbage will go out at night,” survey said.
It also said that more than 50 per cent of women are deployed on cleaning jobs and might be unwilling to accept the new system.
The report suggests home cleaning in the second half of the day between 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and placing garbage out at night. For offices, cleaning is recommended post closure starting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and placing garbage out by 10 p.m.