They said that if you love the environment you should do your part in saving it. There are lots of things we can do to take part for a healthier nature. We can help clean our streets, we can plant new trees, we can recycle our plastic bags, and we can simply segregate our trash.
Trash or waste segregation is basically the process of sorting out the garbage to make sure the right waste go to the right place. This is usually done by putting the same kind of garbage in one trash bag and other kinds in another bag. This is primarily to organize wastes, to reduce litter and segregate those materials that can be reused or recycled.
Sometimes people are having a hard time separating their trash. Often they would just put all kinds of trash-whether wet or dry, plastic or cans, left-over foods and papers-into one bin. Do you think this is a wise way to handle the garbage? This would just clutter your bin, emit unpleasant odor, and make decomposition difficult.
For this reason are the trash bags made specifically with varying colors. They are created so as people can properly segregate any kinds of garbage. While specific colors are assigned to each kind of trash, it is the people’s responsibility to know which trash is for what color so they can segregate their trash accordingly.
Here are the basic colors we need to familiarize ourselves for proper waste segregation:
• CLEAR – is normally used to hold recyclable products or things we can reuse or remake into something new. Clear or white color is beneficial so as materials inside can be easily seen even without opening it. What we can put here are tin cans, bottles, papers, etc.
• BLACK – is generally used to hold non-biodegradable and non-infectious wastes, which means those that cannot be easily decomposed. Examples of which are plastic cans, Styrofoams, candy wrappers, Popsicle sticks, etc.
• GREEN – is mainly used to carry biodegradable materials or those wastes that can be easily decomposed. We can see these as left-over foods, vegetables and fruit peelings, dried leaves, twigs, etc.
• RED – is commonly used for bio-hazardous or infectious waste products or those that could be harmful to the public’s health. Usually these trashes are taken from the hospitals or clinics such as syringe, cotton, disposable cups, plastic food bags, human wastes, etc.
• BLUE – is usually used to handle industrial materials or those bulk goods for businesses. Examples of these are glasses, heavy plastics, fabrics, woods, etc.
So the next time we are going to put away our trash, we already know in what trash bag they need to be placed. By proper waste segregation, we are doing our part for a cleaner environment.