Dry, Wet And E-Waste (And Temporary Storage)

types of waste

If you know about the different types of waste you regularly generate at your home, office or school, you’ll be able to properly segregate it (store it separately) yourself.

There are mainly three types of waste:

Dry Waste – It is the type of waste that does not decompose even when kept for a long time. It includes wastes such as paper waste (paper scraps, paper bags), glass, metal, wooden and plastic products, thermocol and Styrofoam, scraps of cloth (fabric) or old clothes, leather and rexine (old handbags, pouches, shoes, belts), rubber based products (such as old rubber gloves, rubber playing balls, rubber door mats).

Temporary Storage Tip: Remove any traces of food products from the bottles and clean everything thoroughly before throwing. Check if you can reuse any of the items (old clothes can be used as dusting rags, bottles can be used to create decorating items). Once you have sorted the dry waste, store it in a separate bin till the garbage truck picks it up.

Wet Waste – It is the type of waste that will decompose fast. It includes almost all types of kitchen waste such as old vegetables and fruits, including the peels and seeds, tea leaves and coffee grounds, shells of eggs, bones (meat or fish) and fish scales, any leftover cooked food including eggs, meat and fish based food items. Any sanitary and personal hygiene waste, such as disposable diapers, sanitary pads, bandages, any material that has traces of blood in it is more of a hazardous waste. If you are using your wet waste to create compost, make sure you keep the hazardous waste separate. Wet waste also includes garden waste such as weeds, fallen leaves and flowers, any trimmed branches or trimmings from the lawn (grass).

Temporary Storage Tip: You can turn your kitchen waste into compost at home, or check if there is a compost system in your apartment complex where all residents can contribute their wet waste. To avoid using plastic bin bags, you can use newspapers or saw dust to line the same. Just make sure you clean the bins on a daily basis.

E-Waste – E-waste is electronic waste, which is created from your gadgets. It is similar to dry waste and will not decompose even when kept for long. E-waste includes products such as parts of your computer (desktop or laptop), bulbs, tube lights, CFLs and other light fixtures, batteries, wires, remotes, watches and cellphones, any type of electrical equipment as well as electrical toys.

Temporary Storage Tip: Place all e-waste in a separate bin, keep it tightly closed and away from any moisture.


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