With the increasing number of activities at home, the amount of household waste is also increasing. To avoid the following increasing negative impact, we also have an obligation to be more disciplined in handling our household waste. The most important thing to do is, of course, sorting the garbage, which actually is very simple, even children and parents can follow. Through these following ways, we can start to get used to correctly sorting our household waste.
The main thing in sorting waste is to separate organic and inorganic waste. That’s why we must provide two containers or trash cans, pasted with labels. Explain or socialize to family members about the difference between organic and inorganic waste as well. For example, when they finish eating food purchased via delivery service, make sure they throw the leftover food into the organic waste bin. Meanwhile, cutlery or its packaging made of plastic, aluminum, glass, or rubber are disposed of in the inorganic waste bin.
Organic waste can be processed into compost, either individually or in groups. As for inorganic waste, we can send it to the nearest waste bank. The location of the waste bank can also be easily found via the banksampah.id website or the mySMASH application. If there is still inorganic waste that is not accepted by the waste bank, we can send them to the waste manager of our neighborhood.
Please note that sorting organic and inorganic waste this way takes the same time as when we throw it away.
If sorting organic and inorganic waste has been done very well by all family members, it’s time to level-up the game. We can move on to improving the quality of sorting the inorganic waste. There are various types of inorganic waste which actually are handled differently. We can do the first three steps first, which are collecting, separating, and cleaning, before throwing it into the trash bin.
Collect inorganic waste and sort it according to its type. Some we usually find at home, for example, plastic, rubber, cans, glass, tetra pack, disposable sanitary napkins or diapers, electronics, and hazardous and toxic waste. After being separated, wash and dry thoroughly before throwing it into the trash (except electronic and hazardous waste). Electronic waste can be given to waste banks, while hazardous waste (usually expired medicines) should be given to public health services or hospitals. That way, the waste can be disposed of in the right way and without polluting the environment.