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Waste Segregation: what, when, why and how?

Waste segregation is a waste disposal process which helps to ensure that only a small portion of waste (the real waste) will get to the landfill as others will be recycled or composted.

What is waste segregation: This means grouping Waste into different Categories usually 'dry' or 'wet'. Dry waste includes wood and wood products, plastics, metals, ceramics, rubber, fabric and glass. Dry wastes can be recycled.

Wet wastes are organic waste usually generated by food processing. Wet wastes can be composted.

When do I segregate?: Each waste should go into its category (Liquid Waste, Solid Rubbish, Organic Waste, Recyclable Rubbish, Hazardous Waste, electronic waste etc.) at the point of dumping or collection.

Why should I segregate wastes?

1. Segregation ensures that less waste get to the landfill. What needs to be incinerated, recycled or composted goes to the appropriate place.

2. Segregation reduces the risks of environmental pollution.

3. Segregation of waste ensures pure, quality material is being recycled. A lot of money can be made from recycling glass, plastics and metal cans.

4. Finally, segregation is important for Public Health.

How can I segregate wastes?

The first step is to educate everyone involved on segregation.

Next is the provision of containers that are properly labeled for the dry and wet waste. It is important to use more than one bin for easy segregation of waste.

Dry waste should be disposed for recycling periodically.

Wet waste should be composted. In all segregation is a must.

Colour coding or/and labeling can be used to indicate what goes into which bin.

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