Effective source segregation is the first step to efficient recycling and reduction of waste.
Segregation at source is one of the most important activities that we need to carry out for effective waste management. When waste is segregated correctly it makes it easier to be recycled & re-used, with higher potential for recovery. In addition, segregated waste also reduces health and safety-related risks to waste pickers and the community at large. Let us pledge to #StartALittleGood & segregate our waste and thus take the first step towards a cleaner city and a healthier ecosystem!
Managing Waste at Home
How to reduce your waste output & compost
Until your society starts segregating, hand over your recyclable items to a local recycler or waste management NGO.
Then follow it by composting for wet waste & recycling waste. (Mumbai: Raddi Connect, Aasra, Dalmia).
Often local kabadiwalas only accept a limited range of items such as newspapers, bottles and metals. In this case, find an organisation that can recycle a wider range of items such as tetra packs, aluminum foils and milk packets. You could find more ways to recycle on Google.
Things you will need:
Contact of a local recycler
How to dispose dry waste
Ensure all plastic/glass containers are rinsed & void of any food residue before throwing them in the dry waste bin.
Ensure milk/curd/oil/pickles etc sachets are emptied and dried before putting them in the dry waste-bin.
Donate items such as toys/books/clothes whenever possible & if they are in an unusable state, dispose of them with the dry wastes.
/plastic/metal items to be periodically given to the kabadiwallas.
How to Compost
Get a home composter to turn your food scraps into sweet-smelling compost in 30 days. A wide range of easy-to-use composting solutions are available in the market, starting from INR 1500.
You can even choose to build a DIY setup at home.
Reduce your waste
Once you’ve recycled or composted most of your trash, you’ll want to know how you could reduce the waste in the first place. Here are some easy ways:
Carry reusable bags for shopping.
Every plastic bag used for less than 12 minutes remains on Earth for centuries.
Say no to disposable spoon, straws and plates
These can leach chemicals into your food and are potential carcinogens. They’re not only bad for the environment, but also for your health.
Go for reusable mugs instead.
Did you know that paper cups have a layer of plastic or wax on the inside? It makes them non-recyclable.
Plan your meals better.
Before cooking, scan your fridge for leftovers and kitchen cupboards for near-expiry food items.
Share your leftover food
with your maid, security guard or those in need. Edible food doesn’t belong to the dustbin.
Use reusable rags and cloths for cleaning
that are an eco-friendly alternative to paper towels, napkins, and cleaning wipes.
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