Waste Segregation

My little D’s friend had come over and they were playing games. It was time for some fruits and I gave each of them a banana to eat. D’s friend finished her banana and threw the peel into the garbage can. The next moment – I hear a scream from little D. Not understanding what had happened (she was playing happily just the last minute), I rushed to the room. She had screamed coz her friend had put organic (wet) waste into the inorganic (dry) waste can. I tried to pacify her by saying that its okay to mix garbage once in a while, but in vain. She ended up having a good fight with her friend!

The government has been trying to take measures to manage solid waste. But most of the efforts are not showing much results. This blog is about my little knowledge at segregating waste at source (in homes). My little ones and I are very particular about waste segregation. We actually introduced segregation at home a month before it was announced formally in our city, and are continuing to do this even after the municipal corporation has given up!

I was initially skeptical; not sure how young kids can learn to differentiate between dry waste and wet waste. But from the time it was introduced to them, the two D’s have been doing really well (even better than me) in segregating.

First, I told them what is organic and inorganic. Organic waste is anything which can blend with the soil. Mostly natural (all vegetable, fruit and food waste).

Inorganic is mostly man-made waste (such as paper, plastic, rubber, foil packaging of processed foods etc.)

There is a third kind – called hazardous waste – which mostly consists of used batteries, incandescent bulbs, flourescent bulbs and any kind of material which will have harmful chemicals in it and can spread through the air if mishandled.

We have two garbage bins at home. One, outside in the balcony and one inside. The outside one is used for organic waste. I have installed a few hooks above the organic waste bin where we hang plastic covers which are about to be thrown away (like empty bread packets). So, even when the kids run to the outside bin with dry waste (by mistake), they have a place to put it.

Initially, they had doubts and would ask me before throwing anything. But, within a few days, they were all set and have been contributing really well towards segregation.

What a way for the young generation to be more responsible towards society!