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Recycle -Reduce - Reuse

Dr. Abhinandan Bhardwaj PhD

  How can we help individually?  

Think Global ! Act local  <>Know about 3 R's

                                               Solid waste is one of the biggest environmental challenge. Since we utilize earth's resources and we all produce waste, we are all part of the problem. However, we can be part of the solution if we start thinking and following the 3rs rules.
As prevention is better than cure we can always REDUCE the amount of waste we produce ; secondly we can REUSE an item or make sure it becomes accessible to people who might use it; Thirdly we can RECYCLE and by doing so we will not only be able to reduce plundering the earth's resources but will be able to make brand new products by recycling the old ones.
This page is designed to assist you in making effective waste management decisions each day. If each person makes small changes in their buying and waste handling habits, it can make a big difference!

You can directly REDUCE your waste by:
* Not purchasing products or packaging that will quickly become waste
* Avoiding disposables
* not printing your e-mails... or web-pages!
* ordering fewer phonebooks & catalogues
* sharing with your neighbors
* being aware of your consumption
You can help in recycling by starting the process right at your home by:
* Understanding which waste can be recycled and how.
* Separate all you waste in  categories as described below.
* Make sure that when you throw this garbage it goes in the same waste bins provided by municipality.
* Encourage others to do the same..
Reusing means using a product for longer duration or increasing life of a product. You can reuse by:
* Buying or selling used products
* Share, rent borrow or donate used items
* Rather than buying new ones repair older products.
* Use an item other than no its original purpose
* Buy items which are durable.
Recycling Tips:

How to separate the recyclable items at home?

Recycling trucks in North America usually have two compartments, one for paper and flattened cardboard (Fiber), and other for plastic and metal containers and milk and juice cartons. At most sorting centers, these two categories are placed on two separate conveyor belts for further sorting depending on requirements of each recycler.

Separate the garbage in two different containers:

Please Do the following:

Fiber: Flyers and magazines, paper and envelops, cereal box, frozen food, laundry detergent, shoe and other boxes, cardboard boxes ( Flattened and tied up) cardboard tubes and rolls, file folders, paper bags, telephone books, books etc.


Glass: Glass bottles and jars, Milk and juice cartons and all other rigid multi layer packaging from liquids, Metal/aluminum tin cans, clean aluminum pie plates and foil, hard plastic bottles from  any sort of liquid, including shampoo, and laundry detergent, yoghurt, margarine, shortening and other similar containers covers and lids, Soft plastic, grocery and other shopping bags, dry cleaning bags, bread and pastry bags food storage bags, plastic wrappers from milk, paper towels etc.

Soft Plastic: Put all soft plastic together in one bag, making sure that they are clean and that bag is empty.

What to rinse and why? Rinse soiled containers to prevent moulds and unpleasant odors.

Please Don't do the following:

Following is the list of recyclable items which should not be mixed with normal recycling, please call your local  municipality for their proper recycling.

Metal / Aluminum, Do not mix into above mentioned recycling items the paint, solvent or pesticide containers, spray cans, Metal hardware, pipes, nails, screws, pots, pans, muffin tins, electronic and large household appliances, small household appliances, toys, tools, etc. made from mixed materials.

Glass: Drinking glasses, windows, and mirrors, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, porcelain and ceramics, Pyrex and broken and unbroken dishes,

Soft Plastic:  Soiled plastic film, cereal or cracker bags (waxed), chips bags  (greasy) Stretch wrap ( from pate, meat, cheese etc), pool covers, awnings etc.

Hard Plastic: All (number 6 plastics) such as ( polystyrene) paint, motor oil or other similar containers, tooth paste tubes and pumps Rubber item ( houses-boots) Toys, tools made from mixed material.

Fiber: Soiled or greasy paper or cardboard, Wax paper, stickers, wallpaper photographic papers, foil gift wrap padded envelops, composite products ( binders, etc.) Diapers etc.





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