Do you know what happens to your garbage after you throw it away? Does everything we put in the garbage bins need to be there or can be recycled or used again? How can garbage affect human health and the environment? Garbage is something which is produced on a daily basis, but not given enough importance. It is important to understand the different types to ensure proper collection and disposal. Here’s all that you need to know!
Types of Waste
Knowing the different types of waste will help you better understand what you can and cannot recycle.
- Liquid Waste: This is found in households and industries and includes organic liquids, wash water, waster detergents, dirty water and more.
- Solid Rubbish: Solid rubbish is commonly broken down into plastic waste (bags, containers, jars, bottles), paper/card waste (newspapers, cardboard, and more), tins and metals, ceramics and glass. Make sure all your trash is removed and disposed of properly.
- Organic Waste: Organic waste includes food waste, garden waste, manure, and rotten meat. It can be turned into manure by microorganisms but this does not mean that you can dispose of them anywhere.
- Recyclable Rubbish: Recyclable waste can be classified in solid items such as paper, metals, furniture and organic waste. These include all waste items that can be converted into products that can be used again.
Hazardous Waste: Hazardous waste includes all types of rubbish that are flammable, toxic, corrosive and reactive.
In short, make sure you segregate your waste into these different types to ensure proper waste removal.
Steps to Reduce Household Waste
The ultimate goal must be zero waste for companies and individuals, however, this may not seem to be completely feasible. But we can take basic steps to begin to reduce and manage waste. The first and foremost step is to examine what you’re throwing away. Doing this will make you realize how much waste you are throwing away which can be recycled, composted, or repurposed. You can follow the 3R’s:
- Reduce: This means that stop before it starts. For example, pack your lunch in reusable or recyclable containers, compost food waste in a worm bin.
- Reuse: This means that you can use an item over and over instead of throwing it away from recycling it. For example, use paper bags, use both sides of paper before recycling it, create a reused box for stationary, donate clothes, and more.
- Recycle: This means using the old material to create something new. For example, a plastic jug can be recycled into a fleece jacket or soda can be remade into an aluminum baseball bat.
Experts suggest that 50% of the waste we send in the landfills each year is there because we are lethargic to take the extra necessary steps to recycle it. Performing a simple waste audit can help people to realize the extent of their waste (per household) and show how easy it can be to help reduce it.
What Can You Recycle?
Most of the houses and apartment buildings have recycling collection service. But if you don’t, ask how to start one. This makes it easier for you and your family to recycle the things listed below:
- Soda cans, food cans, juice and milk bottles, cartons
- Newspaper, comic books, catalogs, shredded paper, and magazines
- Cereal, cracker and cookie boxes
- Flyers, emails, and envelopes
- Yogurt tubs
What Shouldn’t Be Thrown in the Trash?
Here is a list of what shouldn’t be thrown in the trash can to recycle.
- Chemicals and Batteries
- TVs, Computers, Monitors, Cellphones and other electronic gadgets
- Microwaves, refrigerators
- Hazardous materials such as biomedical waste, unused or expired prescription drugs
- Paints and Solvents
The Sheetal Group – Your Formula for Proper Waste Disposal
The way we collect, treat and recycle waste in our country requires cooperation and responsible behavior by all the citizens. More than a legal obligation, it has become a moral and social obligation. If you are forming a sustainable waste management strategy, waste segregation is an essential element. It is separate the waste at the source to reduce the risk of infection, as well as the cost of handling and disposal.
If you are looking for waste management solutions, Sheetal Group offers garbage bins, biomedical bins, roadside bins and garbage containers made by using high-quality UV stabilized grades of polyethylene and different sections of wet and dry waste. The Sheetal Group focuses on safety, quality, and the environment.
Grab your garbage containers from Sheetal Group and learn how to make less garbage to ensure a positive impact on the world!