Waste segregation management is one of the most important factors you should consider while planning your house. When it comes to household waste management, we often forget that storing all our household waste in a single garbage bin will not only contribute to contamination but will also increase the risk of various uncalled bacteria and germs, which lead to uncalled diseases. The actual problem with waste segregation is that we are often confused with what exactly comes under the category of dry waste, wet waste and general waste. And then the same confusion results in the accumulation of all our household waste into one single, tiny bin. 

Just to clear the confusion, here’s a basic difference between dry and wet waste

Dry Waste

Dry waste is non-biodegradable and can be typically defined as the materials or waste that do not rot or decay over time. These waste contains very little or almost no moisture content. Most of the dry waste can be easily recycled and reused. This waste usually include items like plastic, glass, metal, clothing, tetra packs and papers, rubber, milk or curd packets, cardboard cartons, chocolate wrappers, aluminum foil and more. 

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Wet Waste

On the other hand, wet wastes are biodegradable and are considered to be the materials that will decay or decompose over time. This waste includes stale food, paint, vegetable peels, tea bags/coffee grinds, eggshells, chicken/fish bones, flowers, vehicle oils, hazardous materials, etc. Wet waste can also be used as home compost.

Waste segregation plays an integral part in the process of waste management. And when it comes to your home, you have to be extra conscious about what goes where. Just having a garbage bin won’t solve your mismanaged waste issues. The main purpose of waste management is to separate your waste correctly and then dispose of accordingly. The same segregation can then help you to recycle your dry waste and compost your wet waste.

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Here are a few waste segregation tips to initially begin with

  1. Ensure to maintain separate containers for dry and wet waste in your kitchen.
  2. Use a paper bag to dispose of your sanitary waste.
  3. Clear out the wet waste of your home daily. You can clear the dry waste once every week.
  4. Always try to reuse things that you can.
  5. Wash your glass/plastic containers immediately after using them.
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When in public, always remember the waste color codes:

  1. Green bin- Compostable waste 
  2. Blue bin/ Reusable dry waste bag- Recyclable waste
  3. Red bin- Sanitary waste
  4. Yellow bin- Again for recyclable waste

Here’s what a few of our homeowners have asked us

  1. How and when should I dispose of my home waste?

Waste management begins with waste segregation. Always maintain two containers for dry and wet waste. Your dry waste includes plastic, glass, milk or curd packets, chocolate wrappers, aluminum foil, etc. And your wet waste includes tea bags/coffee grinds, eggshells, chicken/fish bones, flowers, vehicle oils, etc. By maintaining two containers you are ensuring that your dry and wet waste are segregated and disposed of separately. You must clear your wet waste daily and the dry waste can be cleared once every week.

2. Will my dry waste start stinking if I store it for a week?

Not if you store it in a required manner. Your dry waste should only include dry items and should be stored properly. Waste items like plastic sachets of milk, curds, oil or any food items should be cleaned of all their contents and then should be dried before putting them in the dry bin. House hygiene should be your priority and to maintain the same hygiene you have to store and dispose of your waste accordingly.

3. How to dispose of sanitary napkins?

Disposing sanitary napkins have been the biggest concern lately. Many women just flush these sanitary napkins or directly dispose themalong with other household waste, which is completely wrong and unsafe. Soiled napkins are disposed of after segregating them into biodegradable or non-biodegradable components. Do not flush, burn or mix them with other wet waste. Once done using the sanitary napkin, wrap it in a toilet paper or normal paper and then dispose of it separately. Make sure they are kept away from pets and are not mixed with other household wastes. Dustbins with a covering lid are recommended when it comes to maintaining house hygiene.

4. How often do I need to clean my house?

House cleaning is an ongoing process. Certain household items need daily cleaning. Basic cleaning like sweeping and mopping floors, washing utensils, sanitizing the kitchen and bathroom sinks, wiping kitchen counters, etc are daily recommended. Once a week, change your bedding, scrub the bathroom surfaces, wipe down kitchen appliances, remove expired food, deep clean your microwave, refrigerator and chimney. And don’t forget to segregate your waste and dispose them accordingly.

5. How can I manage my house waste?

Waste management starts with separating your household waste into their assigned categories. Household waste management is important for a hygienic house. You can start by maintaining two separate garbage bins for your dry and wet waste. Above mentioned details will help you to identify what waste goes where. Sanitize your meat containers every time you use them. Deep clean your house once a while and timely dispose of your waste. If possible maintain a small separate dustbin for your bedroom and living room so you don’t have to rush to the kitchen every time. Your household wet waste must be sent out every day and dry waste can be cleared once every week.

What method do you follow to manage your household waste?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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