To explain the harmful effects of mixed waste, think about these analogies!
We know that each spice has an individual flavour & taste. We take care to use them in the right proportions. Storing each separately keeps it's unique flavours intact - it's about preserving value.
Both of these are useful separately but poisonous when mixed and ingested - sure to cause an upset tummy! Similarly, mixing waste is making the earth (and us) very sick.
This chart is based on first hand research into the types of waste generated in a typical Indian home. We found that 60% - 80% is organic waste, 20% is recyclable, 10% is toxic and 10% is reject waste that has to go to a landfill site or be incinerated. Good waste management means throwing only 10%, once in a few days!
Kitchen & food waste
Paper, plastic etc.
Batteries, bulbs etc
Sanitary waste, sweepings etc.
Segregation impacts lives, energy, toxicity & more. The better you segregate, the more equitable and healthy society can become. We cannot stress enough how important it is.
Teach your family & children to segregate even if your city does not insist (yet).
We can get confused about how much to segregate and about which material is recyclable or reject. Do not worry. Do the best you can and you will learn as you go. There are so many new materials coming into the market and so many grades of plastic, that it can all be quite intimidating. Tips: