Here are some guidelines for successful waste segregation. These will ensure that most of the waste we generate gets composted or recycled, and does NOT end up in a landfill.
Dry waste (recyclable waste)
- Pickup of dry waste happens thrice weekly – Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Please leave dry waste out ONLY on the designated days.
- Please do NOT put dry waste into the red or green bins as otherwise FCs have to dig in and separate this. Use a jute bag for disposal (if you don’t have one, please buy this. Till then, use ANY large plastic bag with ONLY dry waste.
- Milk packets/dosa batter/curd packets are not to be disposed in the green bin. Please rinse, and once dry you can dispose in the bag for recycling. [Tip: cut and leave soiled plastics at the bottom of your kitchen sink. They will get rinsed when the dishes are washed]
- All scraps of paper, plastic, empty cosmetic/medicine bottles, broken mops/brooms, anything made of plastic/paper/metal/glass should go in the dry waste bag.
- Food containers made from Aluminium foil or plastic can be easily recycled! Please rinse (along with your other dishes) and dispose in your dry waste bag.
- Do rinse tetrapacks also (milk/juice/tomato puree etc) and dispose in the dry waste bag.
- Kitchen waste should be disposed off in a GREEN bucket without any plastic lining. If you do not have a green bucket, please purchase one or for now use what you have, but please ensure there is NO plastic in this whatsoever.
- If you are throwing leftover food, please drain excess liquid in the sink before disposing, or if very watery, flush down the toilet. [Tip: leave leftover food in the fridge and throw in the morning just before waste collection, to avoid smell]
- All veg and non-veg waste too is biodegradable and MUST be thrown in the green bin. Egg shells and tea bags can be thrown as well.
- You can line your bin with paper but please use a single sheet and not the whole newspaper! You can check out the attached paper bags which are available through Town Essentials.
- Sanitary waste should be wrapped in newspaper, marked with an X, and disposed off in the RED bin. Please do this so that waste workers may be able to identify it easily and not have to handle it directly.
- If you do not have a red bin, please use any other bin you may have, as long as it is kept separate from kitchen waste
- Also a reminder to NEVER flush your sanitary waste as it clogs the sewage pipes.
- Sanitary waste and all contents of RED bin go to the landfill, so please try to minimize this as much as possible. All plastics can and should be recycled – please rinse soiled plastic and use the bag to dispose, NOT the red bin.
1. Bumberry makes reusable cloth diapers free from harmful chemical additives normally used to bleach regular diapers.
2. Ecofemme makes washable sanitary pads that are safer for your body. The organization has a social welfare aspect as well.
3. Shecup and Divacup are menstrual cups that are used by many women as alternatives to disposable pads and tampons.
Here’s to adopting more sustainable lifestyles and practices!