If maintaining a healthy and green environment is one of your resolutions for the remaining 2019, this blog is for you. An efficient step toward segregating waste commences with copper-bottomed waste management techniques. You must have seen bottle green/aqua blue color dustbins in your city and in shopping malls/complexes. You are required to dump trash in one of the bins depending on rubbish’s elemental characteristics. Do people veritably practice waste segregation?

Why is segregation an integral part of hygiene? Whether you spend a major part of your day at home or office, segregation should be religiously practiced in all buildings. Once it becomes one of your innate characteristics, segregation would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Segregation is inevitable because –

  • It encourages recycling and reusing of materials.
  • It allows for a more efficient disposal of inorganic waste elements.
  • It is not tedious as there are fewer issues with recycling organic waste through natural decomposition.
  • It involves efficient disposal of hazardous materials like labwaste, e-waste, asbestos, et al.

Segregation also helps in the correct application of recycling, incineration, and composting methods to different types of waste.

Your home is your haven. It is imperative to keep it clean, sanitized, and wholesome. This is irrefutable. You put a boatload of energy into buying a home. You want it to be an epitome of luxury, magnificence, and comfort. If your builder is putting its shoulder to the wheel, you can also incorporate small, feasible steps to reduce waste.

  • Keep separate bins for dry and wet waste in the kitchen.
  • Keep two bags for dry waste collection- paper and plastic, for the rest of the household waste.
  • Keep plastics in the kitchen clean and dry. Dispose them only in the dry waste bin. Swill glass/plastic
  • containers to preclude food morsels from sticking to their surfaces.
  • Do not store wet waste at home. Even dry waste should be discarded at least once a week.
  • Keep paper bags for throwing sanitary waste.

You are prudent enough to carefully categorize household waste. It is also important to mobilize your community. If all households work together toward waste management, towering garbage piles that soil the environment will certainly reduce.

  • Form a group of like-minded people. Organize seminars to make people cognizant of waste management.
  • Explain waste segregation to your family / neighbors in your apartment building.
  • Include domestic help in sundry tasks and exercises related to segregation.
  • Get separate storage drums for storing dry waste and wet waste.
  • Have the dry waste picked up by the dry waste collection center or your local junk dealer.

This blog is expounding the pressing need of waste segregation and how you as an individual can lend a helping hand. If you want to triumphantly tackle the problem of mounting waste, you should undertake small steps like keeping three bins for collecting garbage rather than one. You can also go paperless. Instead of paper towels, you can use old rug cloths. Abstain from using paper plates at parties and events.

Segregate Waste at Home

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If your building or home is supplied with amenities that help you in taking care of your surroundings; it is the best thing since sliced bread.

When top builders and developers like experiment with novelty, projects are bound to become an extension of sublimity. They also devote themselves to maintaining hygienic surroundings in and around their projects.

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How is this helpful?Waste materials are of various types, and some expendable materials can be reused or up cycled to create new items. You should use three bins for the following types of articles –

Recyclables-We discard the bulk of garbage as waste and useless. In reality, garbage can is recycled and hence, rag pickers scrap dealers, and schlockmeisters find worth in them. By separating trash you are also reducing their work.

Non-recyclables – The second bin can be used for collecting non- recyclables i.e., things that cannot be recycled. If we mix sanitary or “dirty” waste with the recyclable items, we compound the unhygienic working conditions of workers who rummage in stinky garbage and look for “valuables”. We should do our part of the job and lessen the burden of workers.

Food Waste – Food waste is very different from plastic or packaging materials. A whole lot of food waste can be used to create compost that can be used for indoor plants, lawns, farms, et al. If you are not keen on maintaining a garden, or you don’t need compost, you can give it away to a friend or neighbor.
Compost is a great repast for starved animals (look for pigsties, cowsheds or barns in your city).

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According to a study by World Economic Forum, oceans globally will have more plastic than fish by 2050. (NDTV, 2017) Plastic pollution is a scourge as one plastic bottle takes up to 1,000 years to decompose. Plastic, when dumped into landfills releases harmful greenhouse gases.

The only solution is to junk plastic and look for alternatives. For instance, substitute plastic cups and plastic pens with paper cups and vintage ink pens respectively. Ditch plastic straws, instead sip your drinks. To make nine plastic bags is takes as much as energy as driving a car for one kilometer. Besides, plastic bags are harmful for the environment. So for the next shopping expedition, replace plastic bag with a mesh/jute bag that comes with a drawstring or a cloth bag. Denim bags are a great way to reuse old or worn out jeans.