Segregation of waste at the source is the step that will help the environment as well as reduce the accumulation of garbage in landfills. Though, it’s not cheap on time and money but can wind up harming the environment if it leads to recyclable waste being sent to landfills.
Waste Segregation deals with the separation of waste into different categories. Mostly, it falls under two categories wet waste and dry waste. Despite of the fact that people use dustbins but very rarely the waste thrown is distinguished. The Waste is commonly dumped into a single bin and leads to difficulty in sorting the wastes and it’s treatment in the future.
The Why ???
Properly segregated waste is easy to recycle and also it simplifies treatment process, either biologically or chemically. It is less cumbersome, and also a cheap way of dealing with the waste. Mixed waste makes it difficult to sort and increases the chances of hazards as well as there it requires a lot of physical efforts for cleaning. Therefore, the segregation of waste from the source saves money, time, effort and makes lives easier for the working authority. It helps in recycling the waste and in generating revenue attached to it. In other words, segregation right from the beginning makes the process peaceful.
Done and dusted!
Kamikatsu is a village located on the Western Japanese island of Shikoku that has less than 1,700 residents and is the smallest village on the island, but for the last few years, has been garnering publicity around the world. It has become a zero-waste town.
Waste Segregation process in Kamikatsu
Here, the garbage is separated into 45 different categories like food trays, furniture, metals, paper, food waste, glass bottles, plastics, and machines all get separated.
Within that, there are subcategories, so paper gets separated into a newspaper, cardboard, paper carton or metal will get separated into aluminum and steel.
By doing this level of segregation, they can turn it over to the recycler knowing that they will treat it as a high-quality resource. It’s a great model to learn from.
We need quick execution of such wonderful approaches in India as well for the betterment of the current scenario.
While concluding I’d like to mug up all the points discussed above, in a simple sentence, segregation beings at home.
Yes, home is the first place to implement your best ideas and acknowledge the results on your own. Let’s imagine, if you’d be asked to write a conclusion for such a relevant topic. What will you prefer? A perfect blend of ideas, approaches, suggestions or an implementation resulting in overwhelming responses. The second one obviously, then buckle up and make another Kamikatsu.