Segregation

Nothing is Garbage if segregated. Once mixed, can’t be fixed

Its simple. With the below model, on a daily basis, just the Sanitary waste really needs to go out. You will have 3 other bins that take all the other trash.

Easy once you know

Easy once you know

  1. Organic food waste which is moist and can be easily composted.  If you need convincing, read this.
  2. Dry waste like cardboard, bottles, cans, metal, glass which can be easily recycled.
  3. Special wastes like Electronics, Batteries, Medication that you store to specially give away for careful recycling

So why are we not already doing it if its so simple? Baffles us too! Regardless, its the Law and now you can be fined.  Model citizens like Vani Murthy have been so successful in wards like Malleshwaram. We just haven’t followed them yet. Better late than never though. Pay special attention to knowing what each type of waste means. For example, really, all dry waste can be recycled. But if you gave it all to BBMP/rag pickers, they only have time for the “high value” items. That will leave 80% of that dry waste not recycled. Therefore its important to try and have the right agencies process your dry waste. Even better, this should tell you that the cost of recycling our waste is so high, we might be better off trying to avoid purchasing such stuff. After all there are so many other good reasons to not buy Kurkure in those shiny packets.

Bin 1Best OptionAlternativeLast Option
Wet Waste
Compost inhouse. Its so easy.

Compost inhouse. Its so easy.

Compost all your wet waste in your Community

Compost all your wet waste in your Community

Handover Wet Waste Separately to BBMP

Handover Wet Waste Separately to BBMP

Sanitary Waste
Wrap in newspaper marked with a red X and leave for BBMP with no plastic bag around it.

Wrap in newspaper marked with a red X and leave for BBMP with no plastic bag around it.

No alternative neededNo alternative needed
E-Waste/Medical Waste/Bulbs
Collect in your house and hand over to your community on special collection day

Collect in your house and hand over to your community on special collection day

Hand over to good souls in the area stocking e-waste in their house for collectionNever throw it with the garbage
Dry Waste
All of this will be recycled. Just store and handover to a special agency like Saahas or Waste Wise who recycle even low value dry waste like styrofoam.

All of this will be recycled. Just store and handover to a special agency like Saahas or Waste Wise who recycle even low value dry waste like styrofoam.

Hand over to BBMP only if you could not hand over to any other agency. Only part of this will be recycled. BBMP is overloaded and cannot process everything we toss at them.

Hand over to BBMP only if you could not hand over to any other agency. Only part of this will be recycled. BBMP is overloaded and cannot process everything we toss at them.

No other possible alternatives
Debris
Requires Special Pick up by BBMP

Requires Special Pick up by BBMP

No alternative needed. Ensure it is not just being dumped outsideNo alternative needed. Ensure it is not just being dumped outside
Rejects
Almost nothing to give BBMP for the Landfill! Thats what zero waste means.

Almost nothing to give BBMP for the Landfill! Thats what zero waste means.

No alternative neededNo alternative needed
Whitefield Special Tetrapacks

Tetrapacks are typically Low Value Dry Waste often sent to the landfill

Tetrapacks are typically Low Value Dry Waste often sent to the landfill

AlternativeLast option

Resources

Store the segregated trash in pretty ways. It makes the whole family want to do it right.

  1. Wet Waste: Compost Bins
  2. Dry Waste:
  3. E Waste: In any bin with a special sticker

A good video on Waste Management : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikZ3l0JrN5k

Follow this man on Facebook. Especially good for Kids. https://www.facebook.com/ragpick

Classification of waste

This document can tell you what to put where.

Classification of waste

Waste Management Vendors

Bins & Newspaper bags