- What is segregation –
Municipal solid waste can be broadly classified as biodegradable and non-biodegradable. Biodegradable consists of organic waste like kitchen waste, fruits, vegetables, leaves, flowers and paper.
Non-biodegradable can be further classified as recyclable waste like plastic, paper, metal, glass etc. and toxic/ hazardous waste like e-waste, sanitary waste, diapers, biomedical, medicines, batteries, spray cans etc.
Segregation of waste is separation of waste into biodegradable, recyclable and hazardous. When waste is not segregated at source, i.e. at the place where it is created, segregating it later becomes a problem. It is either time consuming or expensive or sometimes impossible to do. Most of the mixed waste ends up in landfills and pollutes the environment in several ways.
When waste is segregated at source, each of its components can be handled separately. Organic waste can be composted, recyclable waste is recycled and hazardous waste is treated and disposed off in a scientific manner.
The easiest way to segregate is to have three separate containers at source for the three broad types of waste.
- Green bin – Kitchen/ Organic waste
- Blue bin – Recyclable waste like paper, plastic, glass, metal, wood, cardboard, e-waste etc.
- Red bin – reject waste like sanitary waste, diapers, soiled paper and plastic etc.
- What is Composting?
Quite simply, compost is decomposed organic matter. Composting is a natural process of recycling organic material such as leaves and vegetable scraps into a rich soil amendment with the help of natural microorganisms. Compost when added to soil enhances its quality, helps it retain moisture and also improves the quality of the produce.
How to Compost in an Apartment
Shudh Labh Easy Aerobic Composting kit using Bioclean and Grow for Beginners
Aaga Composter for large volumes of Kitchen Waste
What I do with my Household Waste
- What composting infrastructure is right for your society?
There are several ways that a society can compost the organic waste that it collects from residents.
The following chart can help you to choose the right product for your society depending on the number of residents, space and budget.
- Success Stories – A snapshot of some of the societies who are already waste free
- Vendor information
This chart can help you to choose the right product for your society depending on the number of residents, space and budget.
- Dry waste recyclers
The recyclable waste that you generate can be sold to local recyclers (kabadiwalas), But if you have the ability to further segregate and accumulate the dry waste into types of plastic, tin, cardboard etc. you can sell this material in bulk to any of the following recyclers:
Via Green – http://www.viagreen.co.in/
Stree Mukti Sanghatana – http://streemuktisanghatana.org/
- Ward level information
All about my ward.
Rules and regulations
How can I help?
- Other useful links
Solid Waste Management in Bangalore – www.2bin1bag.in
Solid Waste Management in Pune – http://janwani.org/site/
A fantastic review of various composting options – https://savitahiremath.com/category/community-composting/