FAQs : Waste Management

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is waste management?

    Waste management is the collection, transportation and disposal of waste materials.

  • How do I practice waste management at home?
    • Keep separate containers for dry and wet waste in the kitchen.
    • Keep two bags for dry waste collection- paper & plastic, for the rest of the household waste.
    • Keep plastic from the kitchen clean & dry & drop into the dry waste bin.Keep glass/plastic containers rinsed of food matter.
    • Keep a paper bag for throwing sanitary waste.
  • What are the first few steps to initiate a waste management programme in your apartment complex?
    • Form a group with like-minded people.
    • Explain waste segregation to your family / neighbours in your apartment building.
    • Get the staff in the apartment building to also understand its importance.
    • Get separate storage drums for storing dry and wet waste.
    • Have the dry waste picked up by the dry waste collection centre or your local scrap dealer.
  • What are the different types of waste?
    • Wet waste - Wet waste consists of kitchen waste - including vegetable and fruit peels & pieces,tea leaves,coffee grounds,eggshells,bones and entrails,fish scales,as well as cooked food (both veg & non-veg).
    • Dry Waste - Paper,plastics,metal,glass,rubber,thermocol,styrofoam,fabric,leather,rexine, wood – anything that can be kept for an extended period without decomposing is classified as dry waste.
    • Hazardous waste - Household hazardous waste or HHW include three sub-categories – E-waste; toxic substances such as paints,cleaning agents,solvents,insecticides & their containers,other chemicals;& biomedical waste.
    • E-waste - E-waste or electronic waste consists of batteries,computer parts,wires,electrical equipment of any kind,electrical & electronic toys,remotes,watches,cell phones,bulbs,tube lights & CFLs.
    • Biomedical waste - This includes used menstrual cloth,sanitary napkins,disposable diapers,bandages & any material that is contaminated with blood or other body fluids.
  • What is wet waste?

    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 andnon-veg).

  • How do I dispose my waste?
    • Compost your wet waste at home -Home composting can easily be done in any aerated container. Get more details on composting and begin composting today!
    • Compost your wet waste at the community level -If you live in a large apartment building, a community composting system like tank composting could be set up for all the wet waste from the residents. If not, the wet waste can be given out every day to your Municipality collection system.
    • Biomedical waste has to be wrapped separately in a newspaper and handed over to the municipality waste collection system. Expired medicines and injections, used syringes also have to be disposed in the same manner.
    • Paint and other hazardous waste like cosmetics, mosquito repellents, tube lights etc have to be stored separately and handed over to the Municipal collection system.