Have you ever tried to segregate your waste? To separate wet garbage from dry garbage? Ever wonder why the waste management system in your city is adamant that this should be done by every household or office building?
The purpose of segregating waste is to make it easier for facilities to reuse the waste—recycle dry waste and use the wet waste as compost. After segregating, you can then make the decision on whether to turn this garbage into compost, recycle them, or incinerate them. This can be applied to different kinds of waste.
Here are some simple ways of segregating your waste:
Wet and dry waste containers
In your kitchen, make sure there are separate containers for both dry and wet waste. Put the waste in the proper containers and take them out once they are full to the brim. Don’t let the waste stay in your kitchens for long because they can omit a foul odor that might affect your whole house.
Separate paper from plastic
Although both paper and plastic belong under the same category—dry waste—there should still be two separate bags for them. While it is easy to recycle paper even in the comforts of your own home, this cannot be said for plastic which has a different method of recycling. Keep these in two separate dry waste collection container because you can even earn hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars for recycling/selling different kinds of plastic.
Keep the dry and recyclable waste from household waste
Household waste is generally the most difficult type of waste to get rid of. Most of the time, you try to save food for later even though you know the leftover is going to be sent to the trash anyway. By the time you finally decide to throw away the leftover, it was spoiled and smelly already. This is the reason why recyclable materials such as paper and plastic need to be separated from the household waste.
Clean and dry plastic materials
Don’t put the plastic materials in the container unless they have been cleaned and dried. Prevent yourself from trashing plastic bottles of vinegar, oil, and other household items unless you have cleaned and dried them thoroughly. This could create an unpleasant odor emanating from the container and it could also cause mold and mildew to form there.
Set wet waste outside
Every day, make it a habit to move the wet waste container to the main garbage bag in your backyard. Don’t let the day pass by with the wet waste container still in your kitchen. Aside from the foul odor, it could also be hazardous to your health as mold and mildew can result from it. And remember, once mold becomes present in your homes, this could slowly destroy the structure of your house, as well as the furniture, appliance, carpeting, wallpaper, flooring, etc.
Separate the sanitary waste
Waste from the bathroom should never be mixed with the dry waste or the wet waste. Instead, put these into a separate container that you would also have to take out every day because this kind of waste is not something you want to stay in your bathrooms. Not only could it give out a foul odor, it is also unsanitary to keep it for an extended period of time. Dispose of them properly.