FAQ-Segregation made Easy

Waste segregation basically means keeping wet and dry wastes separately, so that dry waste can be recycled and wet waste can be composted

  • So that it reduces waste that gets landfilled and reduces pollution to air and water.
  • Segregation enables the different processes- composting, recycling, and incineration to be applied to different kinds of waste
  • Keep separate containers for dry and wet waste in the kitchen.
  • Keep two bags for dry waste collection- paper and plastic, for the rest of the household waste.
  • Keep plastic from the kitchen clean and dry and drop into the dry waste bin.
  • Keep glass /plastic containers rinsed of food matter
  • Send wet waste out of the home daily.
  • Store and send dry waste out of the home, once a week.
  • Keep a paper bag for throwing the sanitary waste
  • Form a group of like-minded people
  • Explain waste segregation to your family / neighbours in your apartment building.
  • Get the staff in the apartment building to also understand the concept.
  • Get separate storage drums for storing the dry waste and wet waste.
  • Have the dry waste picked up by the Dry waste collection centre or your local scrap dealer

Paper, plastics, metal, glass, rubber, thermocol, Styrofoam, fabric, leather, rexine, wood – anything that can be kept for an extended period without it decomposing.

Not if it is clean and dry. Make sure that plastic sachets of milk, curds, oil, idli batter, or any food item, are cleaned of all their contents and dried before being put in the dry waste bag. Then they will never stink.

This will happen only if any food residue or organic matter is present in the dry waste. Clean dry waste will not attract any vermin.

Clean the pizza or cake boxes of all food residues – with a wet kitchen cloth, or rinse them quickly in water and let them dry out before putting them in the dry waste container.

Sauce bottles should be rinsed thoroughly with water. Pickle bottles need to be cleaned with soap and water, as they contain oil. Basically, no food residue must be left in the bottles. Clean them as you would to reuse them.

Clean them thoroughly. Open out the milk, yoghurt and dosa batter packets completely at one end, and wash out all the residue. They can be put to wash with the dishes in the sink, then dried, and put into the dry waste bag.

Oh yes! Any plastic containing any food has to be rinsed, or washed with soap and water if required, before being put into the dry waste bag.

Yes, otherwise ants will be attracted to the sugar in the juice.

Make sure all the bread / biscuit crumbs are shaken out of the packet, so they do not attract ants. If the biscuits are too oily, the packet may need to be washed with soap and water.

If they are still in usable condition, they should be given to some organization that collects them. If they are totally unusable, or very damaged, they are still categorized as dry waste.

  • If clothes are soiled with body fluids, they become sanitary waste.
  • If they are soiled with paint, or any chemicals, they are HHW (household hazardous waste).

Old furniture can be recycled, if not, along with broken glass it can disposed of as debris or rubbish (inerts).

If they are not broken, they are recyclable dry waste. If broken, debris or rubbish (inerts).

  • Old taps – recyclable dry waste.
  • Broken sanitary ware – debris or rubbish (inerts).

Store it in a bag in the utility area after cleaning and drying till it is picked up.

E-waste or electronic waste consists of batteries, computer parts, wires, electrical equipment of any kind, electrical and electronic toys, remotes, watches, cell phones, as well as bulbs, tube lights and CFLs.

Store these in separate container which is kept closed, away from moisture and in which nothing else is kept

Wet waste consists of kitchen waste – including vegetable and fruit peels and pieces, tea leaves, coffee grounds, eggshells, bones and entrails, fish scales, as well as cooked food (both veg and non-veg).

Of course! Home composting can be easily done in any aerated container.

If you live in a large apartment building, a community composting system like tank composting or an OWC could be set up for all the wet waste from the residents. If not, the wet waste can be given out every day to the BBMP.

Before the advent of the bin liner, we would all put our garbage directly in the bin, and wash it everyday. That is what we will have to do now. The bin can be lined with a newspaper liner or a layer of sawdust if you don’t want to put the wet waste directly into it.

This includes used menstrual cloths, sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, bandages and any material that is contaminated with blood or other body fluids.

They should be wrapped in a newspaper, marked with a red cross, and given every day to the BBMP.

Expired medicines and injections, used syringes come under HHW or household hazardous wastes. They should be stored separate from other categories of waste and given to the BBMP once every quarter.

Condoms, soiled cotton, etc. come under sanitary waste – they should be wrapped in a newspaper, marked with a red cross, and given every day to the BBMP.

It is HHW or household hazardous waste, like used syringes, etc. It should be stored separate from other categories of waste and given to the BBMP.

Used waxing strips are sanitary waste – they should be wrapped in a newspaper, marked with a red cross, and given every day to the BBMP.

HHW or household hazardous wastes include three sub-categories – E-waste; toxic substances such as paints, cleaning agents, solvents, insecticides and their containers, other chemicals; and biomedical wastes like used syringes, expired medicines, thermometers, used cosmetics etc..

They come under HHW or household hazardous wastes. They should be stored separate from other categories of waste and given to the BBMP once every quarter.

They come under HHW or household hazardous wastes. They should be stored separate from other categories of waste and given to the BBMP once every quarter.

It is considered sanitary waste. Wrap in a newspaper, mark with a red cross, and give every day to the BBMP. In case the dog or cat has loose motions, do the same with the cloth used to mop up the liquid poop.

It is considered sanitary waste. Wrap in a newspaper, mark with a red cross, and give every day to the BBMP.

Garden waste will be collected by the BBMP on specified days or can be dropped off at the nearest specified park for composting.