There is a growing need in our country to ensure that people tackle their own waste disposal in as natural a way as they tackle eliminating waste form their body.
SEGREGATION of waste done in households will go a long way towards dealing with waste in a dignified and humane and efficient manner.
COMPOSTING is a natural consequence to segregation and wet waste and kitchen waste must be composted using simple efficient systems and microbes to hasten the process.
Get to know your WASTE
What is waste segregation?
Waste sorting is the process by which waste is separated into different elements. Waste segregation means dividing waste into dry and wet.
What is dry and wet waste?
DRY WASTE means all items that are not wet or soiled. It includes all recyclable and non recyclable material. It includes wood and related products, metals and glass: bottles cans clothing, paper etc.
WET WASTE, typically refers to organic waste usually generated by eating establishments and are heavy in weight due to dampness. It includes soiled food wrappers, hygiene products yard waste tissues and paper towels as well as any soiled item that would contaminate recyclables.
HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE refers to all household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients other than oil.
SANITARY WASTE means all solid or liquid waste that is produced solely by humans and as a result of human activity.
NON-HAZARDOUS and non-radioactive solid waste material from agricultural, commercial, domestic, or industrial sources. It includes cardboard, food wastes, glass, office waste, paper, and plastics, but not solids or water-dissolved material such as silt, suspended soils, or sewage. It can also include medical waste.
E WASTE includes all electronic waste
Why do we need waste segregation?
Waste segregation is included in law because it is much easier to recycle. Effective segregation of wastes means that less waste goes to landfill which makes it cheaper and better for people and the environment. It is also important to segregate for public health.
Segregation is important because: If the waste is not separated properly, it all gets mixed up in landfills. The dangers of this is that they all leak after a period of time, resulting in leachate or toxic soup at the bottom, which can contaminate ground water and release explosive methane gas.
Waste can also be segregated on basis of biodegradable or non-biodegradable waste.