Trash segregation

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An awareness-building writeup about trash - its collection, segregation and disposal.

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Trash segregation

  1. 1. Dear Ramky resident, This is a friendly reminder for you to participate in our waste segregation and recycling initiative. If you are currently throwing trash out in a single bag, these instructions will show how there is a better way to do it. The first step is to realise that waste is of different types – each type should be collected and disposed of in different ways. - Recyclable Waste - Wet waste - Biological waste - E-Waste Recyclable waste is what we are tackling at present. You can segregate, and collect for a month, then drop it off at the monthly camp held inside the Ramky Towers campus. This document will help you understand waste segregation. Please start immediately, and make a good contribution at the monthly camp. Find some space and designate three bins or containers to collect three types of recyclable waste – Paper waste – Plastic waste – Glass/Metal waste Why? Because paper, plastic, glass and metal is purchased by factories as raw material for the final products (i.e., they are recycled) to help them reduce costs. Segregation into plastic, paper, glass, and metal is important because raddiwalas offer different rates for these materials.
  2. 2. I. Plastic waste for recycling: Image1: Hard plastics from cosmetics and clothing packaging Image 2: Used plastic bags that are unlikely to be reused
  3. 3. Image 3: Candy wrappers Image 4: Take-away containers from restaurants and fast food Image 5: Milk and snacks packets (rinsed and dried)
  4. 4. Image 6: Grocery packets (curds, rice, snacks) Rinse and dry packets that will attract insects, before storing.
  5. 5. II. Paper waste for recycling: Image 7: Soap covers, newspapers Image 8: Miscellaneous bills, tickets, pamphlets
  6. 6. Image 9: Cardboard, books Image 10: Business cards, cartons, sweet packets
  7. 7. III. Metal and glass waste for recycling: Image 11: Beer bottles, medicine bottles Image 12: Soft drink cans, bottle caps, emptied medicine strips, aluminium foil from packaging (needs rinsing if from food parcel)
  8. 8. A word about the use of the garbage chute: Only articles that cannot be recycled should be thrown into the garbage chute – i.e., wet waste, biological waste, and ewaste. You are also encouraged to separate Wet Waste, Biological Waste, and E-Waste. This is because in the near future we will start up composting areas where the wet waste can be deposited. If wet waste segregation has already entered the culture by that time, it will become easy to start composting. For your reference, Wet waste - vegetable trimmings from the kitchen - non-vegetarian waste such as bones and skin - egg shells - tea-leaves and coffee grounds - spoilt or leftover food Biological waste (anything that contains blood or other bodily fluids) - baby diapers or adult diapers - sanitary pads or tampons - bandages - condoms - expired medicines - injection needles E-Waste - Laptop batteries - Torch, remote, watch batteries
  9. 9. - Computer monitor CFLs (contain poisonous mercury, do not throw in trash), LEDs Anything that has come out of an electronic appliance Ramky Infrastructure supports e-waste recycling: We will tie up with them for this purpose, and make the details known. Mission statement: Enable residents to dispose of only hazardous biological waste in the garbage chutes. Everything else will be responsibly managed and recycled. Everyone’s cooperation is sought in making this venture a success.

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