Waste Segregation- my first step

Waste in its simplest definition is an undesirable or unwanted material. Everyday we produce tons of waste in our house, school, workplace and everywhere. Everyday we see waste. Unnoticeably, generation of waste is part of daily activity. Thus, creation of waste is unavoidable. Sadly, the generation of waste is faster than the proper disposal of the wastes due to inadequate awareness or knowledge on proper waste disposal.

Waste disposal would be effectively carried out by starting with proper waste segregation. A waste segregation is a process by which wastes are categorized according to its type. The commonly used segregation is classifying the wastes as biodegradable, non- biodegradable, and hazardous. Biodegradable are those capable of decaying through the action of living organism. Non- biodegradable are those which its chemical properties does not permit natural decomposition. Hazardous are those which pose unreasonable risk or harm to health and environment due to its contamination.

All unwanted materials made up of paper, cloth and wood or those which are capable of decomposing shall be disposed in the Biodegradable trash bin, e.g. cartons, tissue paper, banana cue stick etc.. All waste which are composed of plastic, metal and glass belongs to Non- Biodegradable trash bin, e.g. plastic bags, emptied canned goods, emptied bottle of drinks, etc. Wastes which could cause injury when swallowed, touched or inhaled shall be properly disposed in the Hazardous trash can, e.g. cloth with grease used in cleaning car, contaminated bottles, etc. a separate trash bin for wastes that can be recycled will be done for future convenience.

With proper segregation, orderliness and cleanliness in the waste area is not impossible to attain. In fact, it will also minimize the bacteria created that jeopardizes health and environment.

"Waste shall not be treated as a waste per se."


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