The Need for Waste Segregation

Waste Segregation
When do we start and how do go about?

It’s about time we get serious on how to segregate our wastes!
When I was a kid, I a saw candy wrapper thrown-out in our backyard, the wrapper looks it had stayed underneath the soil for some time. Why on earth this thing wont get destructed by the heat of the soil maybe, by the mud instead? The wrapper must have been made by a special material. That was 1980’s. There’s no google to search for anything that is impossible to ask. I wonder then, what will happen in the future if all the malleable materials could create an indestructable mountain?
We all know the ill-effect of garbage on the environment, such as global warming & climate change. Typhoons, earthquakes, floods and other calamities which do not occur and as damaging as before, have been so alarming that many people believe these are signs of the beginning of the end of this aging planet.
Why do we need to segregate?
  1. Segregation reduces garbage that goes to the dumpsites, thereby reducing the toxicity that goes up to the air and down to the water sources.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. When reusable materials are recovered, it brings livelihood / income to the people.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
For Quezon City residents, “Hiwa-hiwalay na Basura sa Barangay Program” scheme started last July 1, 2011. For quick guidelines for waste / garbage classification, click here.

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