6 Simple Waste Management Practices for your Home
With the growing population of our cities, the amount of waste generated on a daily basis keeps on increasing, which therefore makes it difficult to manage, if not effectively planned. Poor waste management is also one of the major contributors to environmental pollution, which makes our environment harmful to living beings.
With the current circumstance demanding everyone to stay at their home more than ever before, it’s more important that we should maintain an efficient waste management system within our own home.
Veegaland Homes, the most reliable eco-friendly builder in Kerala have therefore compiled 6 Simple waste management practices for your home, which can help you maintain a clean and hygienic space for you and your loved ones. Let’s have a look at them:
1. Waste segregation
Waste segregation simply means the separation of daily household waste into different bins depending on their category such as wet and dry waste, a process that can help in making the disposal and recycling of waste materials easy. Waste segregation is the first step that we need to take in our home.
Wet wastes, which mostly comes from the kitchen, refer to items like food waste, fruits & vegetable wastes, meat waste, decayed food and other materials that are biodegradable.
Dry wastes are non-biodegradable waste materials such as plastic, paper, glass, metal, clothes etc which do not decay in the soil.
2. The 3 R method
With the amount of electronic and plastic waste increasing drastically, the 3R method is an efficient method to keep as much as material out of the landfill and create a robust material cycle society through the effective use of resources and materials.
The 3 R stands for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
Reducing means choosing to use materials or resources with utmost care, thereby reducing the amount of waste generated. Reusing involves the repeated use of resources or materials which still have usable properties. Recycling is the process of using the waste as a resource.
3. Avoid plastics
Plastic when dumped releases harmful greenhouse gases and takes several years 500-1000 years to decompose, which makes plastic pollution in reality, a bigger threat to Earth than nuclear weapons. Therefore, it’s high time that we find an alternative that is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
As a starter to get rid of the plastic habit, carry your own shopping bags, consider using plastic-free beverage containers and ditch plastic bags. Some of the durable alternatives for plastic available right now are stainless steel, glass, platinum silicone, beeswax-coated cloth, natural fibre cloth, bamboo etc.
4. Minimal purchasing habits
One simple yet powerful thing that you can do to reduce your home waste is to simply stop buying stuff more than you actually require. Purchasing something creates demand for itself; thereby it’s production and the waste that comes with it.
Adopting minimal purchasing habits by rejecting the things that you don’t and appreciating the materials and resources you already have and using them to the full potential is one of the biggest steps one can take to reduce the waste.
5. Adopt composting
Composting is another waste management practice which we need to adopt in our home. An effective and eco-friendly means to manage your kitchen waste (organic waste) would be home composting. The food or vegetable leftovers or scraps might still have certain inedible parts that could be turned into compost to feed and nourish the soil.
Composting the food waste creates a product that can be used to improve soil quality, which over time (six weeks or more) can be used for your plants in the garden or indoor plants. Composting can be done outdoors (balcony, terrace, roof) or within the kitchen itself; if you have space constraints.
6. Responsible disposal
The waste that we create needs to be dealt with or disposed of in a safe and responsible way, without harming the environment, following the local rules and regulations. After segregating the materials into reusable and recyclable categories, take an effort in categorizing them further (hardware, oversized, hazardous, E-waste) and dispose of them in their correct manner.
In light of the ongoing pandemic and with the strong relevance of health and hygiene more than ever, also ensure to take extra care and precaution while disposing of the garbage. Remember to wear hand gloves and tie up the garbage bag to avoid spillage while disposing.
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