Properly managing the waste that our household generates is definitely not an easy task. However, we must make sure we are taking the right steps into segregating our waste since this will have a positive impact on a small and large scale. Learning about the different types of waste and how to separate time might take some time, but is not impossible, and eventually, we will do it out of habit. Besides, we will help our local waste management do their job more effectively, making it easy to dispose of what can be recycled and properly directing the materials that can.
The very first aspect you need to consider is understanding the different types of material you might find in your waste. Non-recyclable waste, for example, is one of the most common materials households generate. These materials cannot be recycled, and these are the ones which will be picked up later. Some non-recyclable waste materials include food waste like bones and meat scraps, non-recyclable paper like photographic film, carbon paper, and food boxes, as well as plastic consumer items like toys, vinyl, and diapers.
Another important waste category to pay attention to is organic waste since we will come across this type of waste quite commonly. This type of material can be considered biodegradable, which means that it will be broken down naturally since organic waste usually originates from animal or vegetable components. A lot of people tend to use this waste to create their compost at home, and if you want to do this too, you must separate it into green and brown materials.
Sometimes, we need to pay more attention to different materials like glass, plastic, and paper, in order to properly separate this waste. When separating glass, for example, we need to make sure we segregate recyclable from non-recyclable glass, like in the case of glass bottles and vases being separated from light bulbs and mirrors. Separating plastic is important too, and even when this material is almost everywhere, not all plastic items will go together. The same is true for when we separate cardboard and paper. Just keep piles of similar waste items and make sure no other material contaminates those piles.
Lastly, getting rid of hazardous waste needs to be a priority when it comes to home waste management. This is because these materials represent a significant impact on the environment, so we need to be mindful of such impact and act responsibly. Some examples of hazardous waste include batteries, computers, televisions and any other electronic component, and paint. In order to properly get rid of this kind of waste, we need to take it to a specialized collection center.