Garbage Segregation for Beginners

Proper garbage segregation helps save space in our world landfills. Large world organizations such as the World Bank commit up to $5 billion in waste management to help curb the effects of global warming and climate change. But, you don’t need to be an economist or a world-class organization to do your part. Garbage segregation is a civic responsibility that begins from home and well within your reach.

You and your loved ones can learn more about garbage segregation. Get started with these tips and become a pro at your garbage segregation game in no time.

Hazardous Materials (e-Waste)

Car batteries, lamps, chargers, electronic devices and automobile parts fall in the category of hazardous materials. It’s also known as e-waste. Except in large scale cases that require hazmat transportation companies in Utah, hazardous materials or e-waste can be managed with the utmost care from home.

The truth is, it’s more popular in industrial complexes or commercial spaces than in residential ones. In cases where you need to dispose of a hazmat, prevent breakage of tubes and contamination. It’s usually placed a black container to set it apart from the rest. Use industrial gloves to handle large amounts of e-waste.

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Wet Waste

Wet waste is ideal for composting. It includes — but is not limited to — waste from vegetables and fruits, tea leaves or coffee powder, food waste, garden trimmings, shredded newspaper, and match sticks. These are ideally placed in a green container. Soiled food, dead animals, and diseased plant sheddings are usually no longer included in this bin. Use a newspaper as the cushion at the bottom of the green container and generate your own compost pit with these ingredients or waste elements.

Dry Waste

Dry waste is usually in a blue container and is stored in dry form. Recyclable materials such as paper, plastic, metal, and glass comprise of dry waste. You can further separate these in additional bins, but make sure to clean up first before putting them in the garbage bin so that they’re ready for recycling instead of having residuals or leftover wet waste inside some of the containers.

Sanitary Waste

Diapers, napkins, used condoms, syringes, medical waste, hair, and animal bones fall in this category called sanitary waste. Place it in a yellow container. Baby diapers should be washed free of human poop or excrement before throwing in the sanitary waste bin.

Inert or Debris

Rubber waste, oily plastic, construction debris, foil covers, and dust from sweeping floors fall into the inert or debris category, typically packaged in brown. It’s a separate category on its own.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN) provide fundamentals of health care waste management and risks on their publication. Depending on where you are from, there are also additional guidelines from the local government on garbage waste collection and disposal strategies. The materials will most likely be brought to materials recycling facilities for processing. Make sure you comply with these guidelines so that you are part of a community of garbage segregating, responsible folks.

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