Separating Waste

Separating Waste

22 August, 2017
Responsible disposal
7 main types of waste and how to dispose of it
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Many of us have lived in busy cities and are rather familiar with seeing garbage strewn in certain pockets of the city. This can be quite an eyesore, so it’s our responsibility to dispose of our own rubbish rather than relying on companies to do it for us. An average Australian household produces 2.5 tonnes of waste annually, but only 55% of it is recycled. The remaining waste ends up in landfills, without meeting the sustainable treatment.

Not sure which bin to put it in?

Recycling is one of the most important issues of the day. Along with tremendous growth in the population comes an inevitable increase in natural waste, as well as particular ways of discarding waste. However, perhaps because they’re not sure how to sort their waste, some people don't follow the prescribed methods. This process would be a lot easier if we knew how to separate rubbish effectively.

Different waste, different approaches

Knowing about the various types of waste will automatically affect the way you dispose of it. House rubbish, for example, is very different from industrial rubbish and must be disposed of accordingly. If it happens to be biodegradable, then disposal is not that much of a problem. Non-biodegradable waste requires a much more complex approach.

The seven most common types of waste

1. Solid/liquid household waste: often simply called ‘municipal waste’, this type of waste mostly refers to the household waste (both liquid and solid) that is a part of all of our lives.

2. Hazardous waste: mainly being regulated by the federal government, this type of waste refers to waste from pharmaceuticals such as mercury, paints, aerosol cans and solvents. Not only are these wastes highly corrosive, toxic and inflammable, but they can also become a public health issue if not properly dealt with.

3. Clinical/medical waste: referring to waste produced by hospitals and clinics, you can be sure that this type of waste also needs to be disposed of responsibly.

4. E-waste: this type of waste mainly refers to a worn out computer, mobile, television and music player parts that need to be dealt with carefully. All e-waste contains a high degree of toxic chemicals, like lead and mercury.

5. Recyclable waste: one of the safer waste types, this waste mainly consists of paper, cardboard, food containers and paper plates, which can be converted back into the reusable material.

6. Construction and demolition debris: mainly generated during renovation and construction projects of all shapes and sizes, this waste is extremely bulky. Primary examples include plumbing fixtures, wood, ceiling tiles, concrete and bricks.

7.Green waste: consisting mainly of food and landscaping waste, green waste mainly refers to branches, grass, tree limbs and weed clippings. All of these materials will break down under the right conditions.

So now you know, there's no excuse!

Recycling reduces the time, money and resources used to produce new products. Building new products from scratch requires refining and extraction. Now that you can distinguish between different types of waste, you’ll find it not only easier to dispose of it in a sustainable manner but also recycle as much as possible.

So, how are you going to contribute to your environment? Will you hire a skip, take a trip to the dump or hire a professional and experienced rubbish removal service? The choice is yours to make, depending upon the nature and type of waste that you are dealing with.

By: Natalie Ige
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