How do you recycle dry waste?

Recycle dry waste is extremely important at the moment. But how do you recycle dry waste? First, you need to know how to manage all the dry waste in your business.

Naturally, it’s inevitable that your business will produce waste. However, not all waste is created equal and the two most common ways to segregate your commercial waste are dry waste and wet waste. Recycling each type of waste is different from the other, and today we just talk about the dry waste.

What is dry waste in your business?

Dry waste is typically defined as any waste which will not rot or disintegrate over time and has little or no moisture content. Dry waste can also be described as inorganic or non-biodegradable waste given its lack of food products.

Most dry waste is recyclable and below is a list of common dry waste items:

  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Furniture
  • Wood/Wooden Objects
  • Paper & Cardboard
  • Fabric/Textiles
  • Aluminium Foil

In your home, the dry waste could be anything, from fused bulbs, blades, old shoes, tooth paste tubes, glassware, empty batteries, or air filter. Such inorganic waste should be segregated first into recyclable and non-recyclable materials and then disposed appropriately.

How do you recycle dry waste?

Disposal of any waste basically involves controlling the waste generated at source, segregation at source, collection and transportation system, and the final disposal. Here are some guidelines on what to do with different kinds of waste. Remember, it is easier if you spare a moment to understand what a product is made of and how it should be disposed while buying it. For example, I buy one best air purifier for allergies, I need to know that the air filter is recyclable.

What can be reused?

What is trash for you can be treasure for someone else.

Cloth: Development organisations, orphanages, old-age homes often take clothes that have been used but are in good condition. Some organizations take even torn clothes to make cloth sanitary napkins. But make sure that they are clean and cut neatly into large usable pieces.

Toys: Toybank is an NGO that takes toys in good condition and gifts them to underprivileged children and school libraries.

Books: You could either donate them to various shelters/old age homes in your locality or sell them to second-hand bookstores like Blossoms or Bookworm on Church Street at reduced rates.

Electronic items: Should be in good condition. They can be of use in schools, old age homes etc.

Glass bottles: Glass must be reused to prevent it from ending up in landfills. Barring beer and soft drink bottles, the rest can be reused at home. You could store spices, pickles, etc., since glass does not react with the food items as plastic does. They could also house your indoor plants.

Paper: Blank-on-one-side papers like discarded printouts can be reused, bound as notepads or donated again to organisations (see table). Small cardboard boxes (biscuits, tea, cereal, etc) can be reused for craft activities with children. If you have no use for them, find local schools that would be able to put it to good use. Recycling these boxes, especially if they are laminated, is a little more difficult since it contains plastic.

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