Worldwide, more than 3, 40,000 children under the age of 5 died from diarrheal diseases in 2013 due to lack of safe water, sanitation , and basic hygiene. That’s 1,000 deaths a day, according to the United Nation’s statistics.
At re-purpose ,we can help marginalized waste workers gain agencies by providing them with housing education and health care, thereby protecting the people who are imperative to our mission of erasing plastic from our planet .We as a responsible humans must follow basic waste segregation methods to protect our planet.
Waste Segregation means dividing waste into the following categories:
• Dry waste: Items that are not considered wet/soiled items. This includes both recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
• Wet waste: Items that are organic like food items, soiled food wrappers, hygiene products, yard waste, tissues, as well as any other soiled items that would contaminate the recyclables.
• Hazardous waste: Refers to all household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive ingredients, other than used oil.
Waste segregation helps in reducing waste that reaches landfills and reduces pollution to air and water. It helps to simplify the process of composting and incineration.
1. Composting: It is a way of harnessing the natural process of decomposition to speed up the decay of waste. Composting provides a means of accomplishing all of the R’s i.e, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. Through composting the amount of garbage sent to the landfill is reduced, the organic matter is reused rather than dumped, and it recycled into a useful soil amendment.
2. Incineration: It is a thermos-decomposition process where the components present in the waste stream are ionized into harmless elements at a higher temperature in the presence of oxygen.
Segregation of waste leads to reduced quantities of hazardous waste, as the general waste is separated and follows the municipal waste stream. This greatly reduces the costs for safe disposal of hazardous health-care waste.
Our waste ends up in dumping grounds where it creates harmful gases like methane and carbon dioxide that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. So, we have to reduce our waste by more than 80% with few simple steps like waste segregation.
“KEEP THE OCEANS BLUE, THE PLANET GREEN AND ANIMALS, HUMANS SAFE”