Are you aware that on average you produce 800 grams of waste every day, meaning that in a year you are targeting 292 kg of waste. It’s just waste that is produced by one person, can you imagine how much garbage is produced by humans every year? So that’s why it’s important to manage waste at home.
The goal of waste management is to make waste have economic value or turn it into non-hazardous materials. With proper household waste management, you can help reduce the negative impact of waste on the environment.
The first step in a home waste management system is to separate it by type.
Keep two different bins at home ready for each type of waste. You must already know, organic waste is waste that comes from nature. Like food scraps or leaves. In other words, all waste that can be decomposed easily is organic waste. Meanwhile, plastic, rubber, glass and cans are categorized as inorganic waste.
By separating organic and inorganic waste, it will be easier for you to make it easier for you to manage waste in your home in the next step.
Organic waste that is processed into compost that can be used for gardening.
Organic Waste Management
The easiest way to manage waste is to make organic fertilizer that you can use for gardening. However, if you don’t like gardening or don’t like the smell that comes from making compost, you can donate organic waste to friends who have a hobby of gardening or plant sellers. Because they would be happy to accept it to be made into compost.
Inorganic Waste Management
some inorganic waste can be recycled, such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles, plastic bottles, cans and others. If you are not sure whether a food packaging is recyclable or not, you can check the recycling logo on the food packaging. If there is a recycling logo, then the food packaging can be recycled. Take the inorganic waste to the nearest waste recycling center or you can also give it to scavengers.
Hazardous Waste Management
Separate hazardous waste to be taken to a recycling center. The recycling center staff definitely knows how to recycle hazardous waste so it doesn’t damage the environment.
For electronic items that have been damaged or become trash, you can return them to the company that produced them. Some electronics companies accept used electronics for recycling back into new electronic products.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
Cultivate the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle lifestyle or commonly known as the 3R, from yourself. Get used to reducing the use of plastic or other materials that are difficult to decompose. To save on plastic use, you can read more fully in other articles that discuss the plastic waste diet.
Then don’t forget to use used items so they can be reused. Like using used plastic bottles to make plant pots. That’s just one example.
Finally, don’t forget to always recycle trash that can be recycled again. By bringing the waste to a recycling center, as has been discussed regarding the management of inorganic waste above.
leftover plastic bottles to be used as plant pots.
So as the millennial generation, have you taken five steps to manage waste in your home for the sake of our beloved planet? Don’t forget the most basic thing that must always be done, which is to always throw trash in its place!