Most people see rubbish into three categories: recyclable, biodegradable, and non-biodegradable. However, there are actually five types of waste categorized depending on how to properly dispose of them. If youre thinking about adopting a greener lifestyle, then heres what you should know about proper waste disposal.
Solid Waste –
This is the type most people are aware of. Its also the category containing the most common types you see labeled in bins. Youve got plastic, paper, metals, ceramic, glass, and others. Theyre also the type that accumulates most during the day to day activity. Fortunately, their solid structure means you can throw them in small bins that are often placed all over the house. Small bins are unobtrusive and take up very little space which means that you can easily put in two or three of those without any problems. Theyre also favored in offices because they can easily fit into small spaces without losing much-needed work area. When you are out in public, in most cases you will see public bins for your convenience, but in the case, there are no bins within sight, then its good practice to hang on to your rubbish in a bag or similar, and dispose of responsibly when you sight a bin.
Organic Waste –
This is where the biodegradables usually fall into. Organic waste is also common in homes as part of leftover food, your coffee pods, rotten meat, garden waste, and so on. The beauty of organic waste is that when properly handled, they can be used as fertilizers for those who love to garden. Hence, theres really no need to dispose of them. A good technique is to put some soil in a small bin and dump your organic waste inside. Every time you put some waste in, cover it with soil and just allow the thing to ferment. Pretty soon, youll have a great patch of useful fertilizer.
Liquid Waste –
Liquid waste is often composed of organic liquids, dirty water, wash water, and even diluted cleaning chemicals. Most people flush them down the drain but this isnt usually a good idea. For highly dangerous liquid waste, its best to dispose of them through experts. If the waste is fairly typical, however like the liquid you get after washing clothes then you can try repurposing it to clean your bathroom floor. Youll find that the combination of detergent and water would be sufficient with the right brush. It can also be re-directed onto your lawn, reducing the need for additional water usage for your garden.
Recyclable Waste –
It helps to have a small bin dedicated specifically for recyclable waste in your home. This way, you can quickly pack it up and bring it to the recycling center for some pocket change. Make sure to check and see if the waste is actually recyclable or not. Some councils will reject large batches of waste in recycling bins because the waste has been contaminated with items that cannot be recycled. A little thought and consideration by the homeowner prior to disposing of rubbish can result in a huge positive impact on the environment.
Hazardous Waste –
Bring in the professionals for this one. Hazardous waste includes anything flammable, corrosive, toxic, or reactive. A good example would be your old batteries. Its never a good idea to throw them in the bin. You should enlist a professional disposal company to take care of this for you. Some councils also provide drop locations where you can safely dispose of old computers, batteries etc.