The Need for Waste Segregation
When do we start and how do go about?
- Segregation reduces garbage that goes to the dumpsites, thereby reducing the toxicity that goes up to the air and down to the water sources.
- When non-biodegradable wastes are segregated, some can be recycled and re-used. Recycling reduces the need to manufacture large amounts of products with harmful substances like plastics. Such lessens the emission of toxic wastes into the air by the manufacturers.
- When paper, cardboard or cartons are recycled, there will be less need to cut trees for paper requirements, therefore the forest and watershed are protected.
- When reusable materials are recovered, it brings livelihood / income to the people.
- When non-biodegradable garbage is mixed with biodegradable wastes, scavenging animals will also consume the toxic elements of non-biodegradable wastes and these will enter into the food chain.
- Segregation lessens the volume of garbage and necessarily increases the efficiency of garbage collection in more areas. For example, if a garbage truck os only capable of collecting garbage in area 1, it can now also collect garbage in area 2 when garbage in area 1 is reduced by half through segregation.