Every home generates organic and inorganic waste management. This daily waste calls for some planning as collection and disposal are integral parts of management. If you collect home waste, it needs to get disposed of, or else, it would lead to serious health consequences and other social problems.
In the home perspective, waste or garbage is of three types:
Organic waste, Toxic waste, and Recyclable waste.
Organic waste, or green waste, is organic material such as leftover food (vegetarian and non-vegetarian), fruit and vegetable peels, garden and lawn clippings, eggshells, etc. These are also bio-degradable. About a third of the home waste produced is organic waste. Therefore, this can easily be reusable as high-quality fertilizer if indulged carefully at home. On the other hand, if this bio-degradable organic waste is thrown out into landfill sites, it decays and the process produces methane gas which is tremendously harmful to the environment and may cause unpredictable explosions.
Toxic wastes are old medicines, paints, chemicals, bulbs, spray cans, fertilizer and pesticide containers, batteries, shoe polish.
Recyclable: paper, glass, metals, plastics.
Toxic and recyclable wastes are also called inorganic waste. These are not biodegradable one has to be careful in disposing of them. Careless dumping of these materials in open grounds could contaminate the soil and cause consequential damage to the environment and life.
There is a further category of waste called e-waste or electronic waste. These are, used electronic parts that most certainly, are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal. Unfortunately, there is no law to monitor and check the dumping of e-waste.
Electronic waste like CRTs most certainly, contain contaminants such as lead, cadmium, brominated flame retardants, and other hazardous chemicals, if not scientifically disposed of or recycled, pose a considerable danger to the health of the workers involved in this exercise.
Home waste management involves the following processes:
Collection, transportation, and disposal of waste
Every day, garbage like kitchen waste, paper wrappers, bottles, glass, and plastic are composed in the home. In the cities very often, you have the garbage collectors, appointed by the city corporation or other similar bodies, who either collect the garbage from your home or designated bins. These then are transported to a central area, where the further process of disposal takes place.
So far, so good; what happens when this collection does not happen? The garbage then accumulates in the house and if unless it is disposed of, it becomes a breeding ground for ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and even rodents. Consequently, it could lead to many health issues, especially when there are young children in the house.
Disposing of the inorganic waste can be done at one’s convenience since it does not decay but not so with the organic waste.
So how does one go about managing it effectively?
- Minimize the collection and accumulation of garbage by avoiding bringing in plastic bags. Don’t let garbage accumulate at home. Regular disposal will keep insects like cockroaches, ants, and flies away.
- Use reusable cloth bags for your shopping.
- Segregate the garbage into organic and inorganic collection bins. (Do not put them in the same bin)
- Try composting the organic garbage. The internet can help you with ideas on how to compost. This will not only help in the disposal but also will get you valuable compost for your kitchen garden. thus, saving you some money.
- Lastly, give up the habit of hoarding. Most of us are prone to this. Donate your old clothes and utensils to orphanages or other institutions that may require this.
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