With everything that we do, we generate waste. Whether it be at home, outside our house or even in the office. Could you imagine just how much waste the whole world generates in a day? Many wastes go straight to the landfill and sadly, even the ocean. How good would it be if we can lessen the amount of waste, we generate each day? Here’s how you could help:
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3Rs)
This is the most common way of reducing the waste not only In our country but also in the world. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is a concept that has been taught to us at school when were little. It is the basic way of cutting our waste.
Reduce – it is the concept of reducing what is being produced and consumed. It’s just simple to understand: less products used, less waste then everything else will follow. The process of reducing products depends on your daily life. Check and see if there are some things that you could cut down on that you rarely use or you could reuse. You may choose to buy bulk items that has a single storage as it uses less materials than those you buy in retail. Of course, everything depends on your lifestyle and how willing are you to reduce waste at home.
Reuse – I bet you have a lot of things that are broken and you can’t find a use to but still keeps them in your storage. This is the time to consider whether or not you should let them go. Some items may be repurposed or reuse again. You may also donate some of the items that will still be useful to other people. Reusing items greatly reduces the amount of trash not only inside your home but also outside.
Recycle – This is the last part of the 3Rs. Recycling means that you are going to transform a thing or on item again back to its raw material and this will help in creating a new item. As much as we want to recycle everything, there are few materials that we cannot recycle at all. Still, recycling is a game changer as it significantly reduces the amount of waste that will be put in a landfill and also saves money in buying new raw materials for production.
3 Ways to Segregate Waste
Segregating waste does not only make it organize when picking up trash but it also reduces the amount of waste that goes directly to the landfill. Proper segregation of waste also lessens the amount of money spent in renting garbage trucks.
1. Wet/ Kitchen Waste – these is composed of the waste generated from the kitchen like fruit peel, leftovers, vegetable skins, uncooked food, coffee, tea powder and rotten fruits and vegetables. You may use a container or a bin to deposit such waste and let it dry and decomposed on its own. After a month or two, your kitchen waste will be converted to a rich organic compost that will serve as a good fertilizer for your garden.
2. Dry Waste – Dry waste is divided mainly into 2 categories: recyclable and non-recyclable waste. Dry Recyclable ones are the bottles, plastic bags, newspapers, glass bottles, shoes, plastic cutlery, cardboard, cans, and even tires. While Dry Non-Recyclable ones are the food containers, items composed of hazardous chemicals, dishware, and even foam materials. Non-recyclable ones are sadly included to those that is put in the landfill.
3. Sanitary Waste – These are the ones that we use for our daily hygiene like napkins, tampons, condoms, diapers and tissue. Unlike the others, sanitary waste should not be thrown anywhere and should be incinerated, microwaved or even autoclaved to avoid spread of any disease.