Stop throwing a mixed bag daily!
Why mixing is short-sighted
To explain the harmful effects of mixed waste, think about these analogies!
Why do we store spices separately when they get mixed in food?
We know that each spice has an individual flavour & taste. We take care to use them in the right proportions. Storing each separately keeps its unique flavours intact. it’s about preserving value.
What happens if you dip a biscuit into soap & eat it?
Soap & biscuit are each useful separately but poisonous when mixed and ingested - sure to cause an upset tummy! Similarly, mixing waste is making the Earth (and us) sick.
Know what you throw
These are resources, not waste!
This chart is based on first hand research into the types of waste generated in a typical Indian home. We found that 60-80% is organic waste, 20% is recyclable, 10% is toxic and 10% is reject waste that has to go to a landfill or be incinerated. Good waste management means throwing only 10%, once in a few days!
Kitchen and Food waste
60% to 80% of a typical Indian’s waste is organic (food, kitchen and garden waste).
This will degrade into compost (manure) under the right conditions.
1. Forget mixing waste
We have all got used to lining our bins with
plastic and dumping everything in. Stop it!
2.Keep it hygienic
Ideal Bin for organic waste: Steel with lid and handle. A lid will ensure that ﬂies don’t get attractee
3. Make it convenient
Place it where it is easy to access. Lining: No need of paper or plastic lining, just wash it out once empty (You wash your plates, don’t you!).
Paper, plastic etc.
The important thing is to keep dry waste clean since further segregation for recycling in India is mostly done by hand. Rinse and dry this category to make the recyclers job digniﬁed and hygienic. Store in any neat, convenient way possible!
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Batteries, bulbs etc
Rejects can now leave home in newspaper.
STOP USING THE BLACK GARBAGE BAG!
Do you use a lot of diapers at home? See examples of how others are thinking about,minimizing and dealing with sanitary waste.
Sanitary waste, sweepings etc.
Toxic waste can cause the most harm - store and dispose safely
E-waste & appliances
These contain many precious materials that can be recovered under safe conditions. Find a collector in your area!
Paint & industrial liquids
Try and reuse containers as much as possible. Recycle what is clean. Some agencies collect this with other toxic waste.
Bulbs & batteries
Bulbs and batteries contain mercury and lead - which poison ground water when mixed. Store them safely without breaking!
Old medicines & cosmetics
Don’t ﬂush these down the toilet! Many local hospitals collect old medicines and incinerate them with other medical waste.
Throwing only 10% is the goal!
Where does each category go?
10 benefits of segregation
Segregation impacts lives, energy, toxicity & more. The better you segregate, the more equitable and healthy society can become. We cannot stress enough how important it is. Teach your family & children to segregate even if your city does not insist (yet).
Don’t let segregation overwhelm you!
Do the best you can and you will learn as you go. Remember that there are people who will separate, clean & dry materials further. For example:
milk packets are more valuable than a bag full of bits of paper. If you mix the bits with your dry milk packets, it’s hard for the recycler to separate.
soiled food packets, broken glass and sharp objects may hurt or harm a recycler - these can go with rejects, wrapped well in newspaper.
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