Introduction – Kitchen waste management
Kitchen waste constitutes about 50% of the total waste produced in a household in urban India. Studies show that the national capital of India alone produces about 870 tons of kitchen waste per day.
Much of this kitchen waste is not sorted. Poor waste management means that much of the garbage produced remains unprocessed. A large portion of this waste ends up in landfills, leading to environmental degradation.
The good news is that we can all contribute to making this planet greener by managing and sorting our waste. This, in turn, will also help in keeping our kitchens neat and tidy. Using different kinds of kitchen bins or trash cans is a very effective way to manage waste. Here, we take a look at the various tips and tricks that you can adopt to sort and manage your kitchen waste.
Tips and tricks
Managing kitchen waste and keeping your kitchen clean is not a difficult job, especially if you have the right kinds of waste bins to help you out. Here are some of the things you should remember:
- Sort out your waste: Waste is of two types: degradable and non-degradable. While waste from vegetables and fruits are degradable, plastic waste is not. When you throw all your waste together, then it becomes difficult to sort your waste and send organic waste to the processing plant. Therefore, you should use different garbage containers for different kinds of waste.
- Reduce your waste: While sorting your waste is important, it is equally important that you try to reduce your waste. Avoid using plastic containers, plastic wrappers, packets, straws and plastic jars, since most of these products are non-biodegradable in nature. Try using products that are made from glass or metal. By reducing non-biodegradable waste, you not only help in reducing environmental degradation, but you also keep your kitchen clutter-free.
- Recycle your waste: Rather than depending on the local civic body to recycle your waste, you should recycle your own waste. For organic waste from vegetables and fruits, buy a composting bin. This way, you can prepare your own compost/manure that can be used in your household garden. While plastic waste should be avoided, some amount of plastic use may be inevitable. Plastic bottles, plates and cups should, therefore, be reused as much as possible.
- Organize your kitchen: Apart from waste management, you should also make a conscious effort to organize and clean your kitchen whenever possible. Clean your kitchen countertops, fridge and other electrical gadgets frequently. Neatly arrange all your kitchen utensils and jars to give your kitchen an organized look.
Which trash bins are best – plastic or metal?
While plastic bins have their own set of advantages, waste bins made of metal are more environmentally friendly. Metal bins last longer, however, they are much more expensive than garbage bins that are made out of plastic. Plastic garbage containers, on the other hand, are cheaper and can be maintained very easily.
Both plastic and steel bins are equally effective in managing waste. Whether you are choosing a plastic bin or a metal bin, be sure to sort your waste before you dispose of it. Use different bins for different waste products.
Is it okay to throw out household waste in public bins?
Public bins which are installed in places like bus stops, public parks, local markets and crowded areas are meant for collecting waste that would otherwise end up on the road or streets. So, their purpose is to keep public infrastructure clean.
We should not throw our household dustbin garbage in public bins. Household waste should be kept in dustbins inside the home and handed over to the local municipal authorities when they come to collect the waste from each house. Also, it is prudent to use different bins for degradable and non-biodegradable waste in our homes. Sorting waste before its disposal helps in urban solid waste management.
Conclusion – Trash Bins
Keeping the kitchen neat and clean depends as much on your organization skills as your waste management efforts. Regular use of waste bins and sorting waste according to the nature of the waste are two of the most effective practices to keep your kitchen neat and tidy.
To facilitate the process of sorting and waste management, Sheetal Group, one of the leading manufacturers of garbage disposal solutions in India, has introduced a range of garbage bins for both household and commercial purposes. We offer both plastic and stainless steel bins for your kitchens.
Our household or domestic plastic waste bins are made of virgin Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) or High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) that ensures durability and sturdiness. Our trash bins are UV stabilized so that they remain unaffected by weather.
Some of our top-selling kitchen trash bins include pedal bins, which have the advantage of being operated by foot; top bins, which open from the top ensure easy disposal of garbage and storage bins, which can store waste material for some time before being disposed of.