Waste Segregation for Children

9. Apr 2013

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Waste Segregation for Children

  1. Waste Segregation for Children Welcome to the world of Segregated Waste Updated : -02-Oct-2015
  2. Contents - why segregate - waste categories - how to segregate - what happens then - project activity
  3. What do you change? From this… Garbage dumped off Hosur Road , Bangalore A typical unscientific landfill around here… Waste dump in your neighborhood 300 cows die every year in Bangalore alone eating plastic laden waste Pic courtesy:
  4. Waste Categories
  5. Activity 5 Help your child with this activity The child is given a sheet and a pencil to trace his/her hand on paper. The fingernail portion is colored with the respective colors and the waste categories labeled.
  6. Where to start? establish collection at home Wet Waste Collect in a pedal bin lined with newspapers. DO NOT USE PLASTIC BAGS. DAILY Debris/Inert Collect in a bin in the utility PERIODIC Hazardous/ e-waste Collect small items in a cover QUARTERLY 6 Dry waste Collect in a bag in the kitchen/utility WEEKLY Sanitary Waste Collect in newspaper bag kept in bathroom DAILY
  7.  Vegetable/Fruit waste  Food waste except very oily waste  Tea leaves/Coffee powder  Garden trimmings/leaves  Flowers  Pencil shavings  Match Sticks  Shredded Newspaper  Soiled Tissue Paper 7 What is Wet Waste?
  8. x Soiled food covers x Sanitary Waste such as napkins and diapers x Cigarette butts x Watery stuff (drain away the liquid from sambhar/curry before disposing it for composting) x Bits of plastic (cut pieces from your milk covers can harm biogas/composting process) x Dead animals (rats, cockroaches etc.) x Weeds and diseased plants from the garden 8 What is NOT Wet Waste Take-way container with yoghurt Watery Sambhar /Rasam/Curries. Drain liquid before disposal Coconut Shells (collect separately . Can be used as fuel)
  9. Wet Waste Collection Collection: Covered bin in Kitchen lined with newspaper. Tear newspaper lengthwise to get 2 long pieces. Place them into the bin to cover the bin inner surface. NO PLASTIC BAGS! 9
  10. 10 What to do with Wet Waste? Composting Biogas
  11. Home Composting 11 Leave-it-Pots Daily Dump Product Supplied by Help your child explore the videos and reading material available on these links Aerobic Composting Anaerobic Composting Smart Bin Greentechlife
  12. Community Composting 12 Pit Composting Saahas OWC Vennar Organic Product Supplied by Help your child explore the videos and reading material available on these links Aaga Daily Dump Manual Techniques Mechanized Techniques For more such products & solutions visit
  13. Biogas from Wet Waste 13 Biogas plants from 1-150 kgs. per day for homes, communities and institutions NIE-CREST GPS - BioUrja Biogas plants from 100 kgs – 3 Tons. per day for communities and institutions!the-biourja1 For more such products & solutions visit
  14. Wet Waste Project 14 Help your child explore the videos and reading material available on these links Activity 1 : Visit Daily Dump, Indiranagar and see composting happening (helps resolve the many myths about the process – smell, flies, too much work etc.) Activity 2: Play the composting game to learn more Activity 3: Visit Navadarshanam with your family to see Eco-conservation in action – Biogas, Solar Power, Wind Power, Organic Farming and more (it’s only 50 kms from Bangalore and a real Paradise on Earth) Activity 4: Seek support of your parents to dig a pit in a corner of your garden and try composting wet waste at home Activity 5: Get the children in your class or locality together to start a community composting project
  15. What to do with Compost 15 More : Use Compost as a  As a Fertilizer  As a Soil Conditioner  For Soil erosion control Help your child explore the videos and reading material available on these links
  16. 16 What is Sanitary Waste?  Diapers  Syringes  Shaving Blades  Ear Buds  Old Tablets  Bandages/Plasters  Fingernails  Hair/Animal Hair  Scrap cloth  Animal bones
  17. 17 Sanitary Waste Do’s  Collect in a newspaper cone or bag  Wash out poop from diapers into the toilet before disposing baby diapers  Reusable cloth diapers for your baby at least at home Did you know: Disposable diapers take 500 long years to decompose Reusable diapers guide: Help your child explore the videos and reading material available on these links
  18. 18 What is Dry Waste?  Plastic bags  Plastic bottles  Plastic packaging  Broken toys  Bubble wrap  Take-away containers*  Food packets*  Pickle packs*  Milk Sachets* * Food packets, pickle packs and take- away food containers have to be thoroughly rinsed and dried before disposal * Food covers that are too oily should be discarded with debris waste Plastics  Tickets  Bills & statements*  Envelopes & Covers  Notices  Pamphlets  Paper wrappers  Computer Printouts  Paper plates Papers that are oily and soiled tissue papers should be discarded with debris waste * Tear any confidential papers such as bank statements/notices before disposal. Newspapers can be collected on a monthly basis and donated to NGOs who make bags for sanitary waste. Paper  Aerosol cans  Aluminum cans/foil  Metal bottle caps  Glass bottles & Jars  Incandescent Bulbs,  Tetrapack  Thermocole/Styrofoam WARNING: Do not crush aerosol cans Rinse and dry glass bottles before disposal Dispose broken glass/ceramic with debris waste after placing in a thick plastic/paper bag Metal, Glass & Others
  19. x Wet waste (yuck! ruins the waste carefully segregated by others) x Sweeping dust, wood waste etc. (dispose with debris waste or with wet waste) x Human/Animal hair (it’s of course dry but sadly not recyclable, dispose with sanitary waste) x Soiled food covers/containers (rinse and dry them before disposing with dry waste) x Sanitary Waste such as napkins and diapers (dispose used/unused diapers etc. with sanitary waste) x Cigarette butts 19 What is NOT Dry Waste Do not dispose take away containers with food. Dispose food in Wet Waste bin, rinse and dry the container/cover and before disposing with dry waste Do not dispose Human or pet- hair with dry waste. Dispose these in Sanitary Waste Do not dispose ear buds, waxing strips etc with Dry Waste. These should go with Sanitary Waste.
  20. 20 Dry Waste Do’s Food in a cover? Dispose food contents into Wet Waste bin Rinse cover if food contents were wet. Dry at kitchen sink before disposing in your Dry Waste bag 1
  21. 21 Dry Waste Do’s Squeeze your toothpaste facewash etc to the last before disposal. Use an old toothbrush for this …saves at least a week’s worth of stuff 2 3 Empty and rinse out remnants in shampoo or moisturizer bottles. 4 Open up and crush/fold paper cartons before disposal. Saves a load of space 5 Dilute soap and hand wash concentrates with up to 2/3rds water. It’ll still be effective
  22. Dry Waste Collection Collection: Fix a bin on the cupboard door of your sink. Use this to collect your Dry Waste 22 * Do not use thin polythene bags to store Dry Waste at your home Plastic woven bags or cloth bags are sturdy and reusable Collection: Collect Dry Waste in bag* hung in your kitchen or utility area. Collection: Rinse and dry milk covers. Collect in a box to dispose monthly to your local scrap dealer
  23. Dry Waste Sorting@ Home 23 Once a week sort dry waste collected in your bag into Plastic, Paper, Metal & Others. Dispose to common dry waste collection Best Practice: RWA to provide residents with woven plastic bags labeled with house no and sorting categories as per requirement . Please check with your Dry Waste collector on categories of sorting required. Apartments having adequate space and labor can have a post collection sorting established.
  24. Dry Waste Project 24 Help your child explore the videos and reading material available on these links Activity 1 : Take the Dry Waste segregation kit home (woven bag, instruction leaflet and smileys) home and start your dry waste collection. At the end of the week give the segregated dry waste to the BBMP Pourakarmika or Contractor in your area with the Segregation Smiley (in the kit) and explain how you did dry waste segregation (you’ll be thrilled to see the smile on their faces). Activity 2: Collect Dry waste for another 2 weeks and visit the Domlur Dry Waste Collection Center (under Domlur Flyover, map on next page) along with your family and your collection. You’ll see what happens to your segregated dry waste. Activity 3: Demonstrate your project at your RWA/Housing Society/Friends Groups and inspire them to participate
  25. Domlur DWCC Map 25 Kartavya DWCC, Domlur Domlur Flyover, Domlur, Bangalore Contact: Santhosh 8050457086 Krupa 9141037724 Next to the Domlur SAARC Park. Entry from Airport road while coming from Dolmlur. Timings: 9.30 am to 5.00pm PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT
  26. What is Haz/E-Waste? 26 E-WasteHazardous Waste Hazardous Waste  Paints  Automobile Lubricants E-Waste  Dry Cells (Batteries)  Car /2-wheeler batteries  Fluorescent Lamps  Mobile  Chargers  Computer peripherals  CDs  …anything with a plug
  27. Haz/E-Waste Do’s 27  Collect small items such as batteries in a cover  Do not break CFL’s and Tube lights (Fluorescent lamps)  Maintenance personnel should use industrial grade gloves while handling haz/e-waste
  28. What is Debris Waste? 28  Sweeping Dust  Oily Plastic/paper  Soiled Scrap Cloth  Rubber waste (slippers)  Gilt Paper/Gift Wrapping  Foil covers (lays/kurkure packs)  Construction debris
  29. Recyclanthem 29 Cans and bottles, don’t throw it away, Paper, plastic don’t throw it away, Recycle and Recycle, Let’s all try and recycle. We’re on a mission to save the world, Doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, Don’t put it off and don’t hesitate, Because tomorrow …. may be too late.
  30. Happy Segregation, Composting and Recycling! 30 Other Resources For Waste Management Products & Solutions visit