How to do the Separate Waste Collection

A current problem that I have encountered in recent months is the inability of many to know how to make a correct separate waste collection. In fact, my misadventure with the municipality where I live is recent, as my condominium has seen the penalty for bags that don’t comply with separate waste collection. The same people were left in front of the house by some uncivilized people who were not very inclined to this practice who, instead of learning the rules, preferred to discharge the barrel. By virtue of this my idea of ​​talking about this topic was born: the first step towards a greener world.
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The Data

According to the 2018 report of the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research , about 30 million tons of municipal waste were produced in Italy. Many of these were deposited in landfills, 22%, or disposed of in incinerators, 18%. The separate waste collection in all this had a coverage of 58%, far from the 65% that had been the goal set for 2012.
The virtuous regions, which have reached this percentage, if not even exceeded it, are 7 out of 20.
Best Veneto (73,8%), Trentino Alto-Adige ( 72.5%) and Lombardy (70.7%). Still far from the national average instead Sicily (29,5%), Molise (38.4%) and Calabria (45,2%).
How is the situation where you live? Is there separate waste collection? Do it?

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Differentiated Waste Collection: How To Do It?

  • Glass

YES: bottles, jars, glasses and glass jars.
NO: LED and neon lamps, crystal glasses, mirrors, containers in pyrex, vases or containers in ceramic, porcelain or terracotta, plates, containers for solvents and paints, plates.
These materials, depending on the case, go into the dry or taken to landfills.

  • Paper & Cardboard

YES: newspapers, magazines, books, comics, sheets, notebooks, boxes, paper and cardboard packaging, paper cups (but only if clean and without food residues), brochures, flyers, shopping bags of paper, instruction booklets or medical leaflets, medical prescriptions, utility bills, baking cups, corrugated cardboard packaging, milk, beverage and fruit juice containers in tetrapak (after removing the caps that go into the plastic), paper boxes.
used handkerchiefs and paper napkins (go to the wet). While cartons with food residues, photo papers, thermal paper receipts, waxed or greased paper, carbon paper, baking paper, with glue residues or POS/ATM receipts go dry.

  • Plastic

YES: bottles (first removing the paper label that goes into the appropriate collection), bottles, jars and dispensers, tanks for distilled water, bottles of bleach or other substances used in the home (as long as rinsed), plastic bags, food trays, newspaper and magazine films, bags and sacks for food products, plastic pots, films, plastic plates and cups.
NO: various plastic objects such as toys (if small they go into the dry, if large they go to landfills), dirty plastic containers, plastic posts and syringes.

  • Wet

YES: cooked or raw kitchen scraps, fruit and vegetable scraps, greenery scraps, small bones, spoiled and expired food, wooden sticks for ice creams, extinguished ashes in small quantities, coffee grounds and pods (the capsules instead they go dry), tea filters (without thread and paper stamp), paper napkins and handkerchiefs, excrements and natural pet bedding.
NO: hair, animal hair, dust or vacuum cleaner filters, weeds or sick plants, any type of liquid, metals, wood treated with chemicals, diapers and sanitary napkins.

25 thoughts on “How to do the Separate Waste Collection

  1. Segregation is one of the most important activities that we need to promote and enforce for effective waste management in urban area and to make landfills reduce in size gradually and finally come to no landfills in four-five decades from now. … In India, too, we cannot have “zero” landfill or “no” landfill overnight.

  2. Practicing waste segregation is so important, but not everyone knows how to do it. Like I recently learned that not all plastic of packaging that comes to our homes is recycled. This post is very good for understanding the segregation catogories.

  3. waste segration and thereafter recycling is a very serious issue, especially in India. I am glad that reading this article I have an idea as to how the same is being followed in Italy.

  4. This is very interesting and educative. I must say I never thought about separating waste collection and I never even thought about doing that.

  5. In Nagoya, where I live, there are like 10 different sections we have to separate our trash. I feel like I take out the trash everyday because each day is a different type of trash.

  6. We do waste segregation here. It is the law. I also have 3 trash bins at home to make it easier for me and my family to practice proper waste disposal. This is just one small thing we can do to save the environment.

  7. Waste segregation is important as it makes the process of recycling easier. Since, It reduces the chance of cuts and bruises that the garbage collectors or rag pickers. Separation of hazardous and non-hazardous waste is important as hazardous waste requires special handling. Thank you for this!

  8. We’ve been doing this in spite of the weekly garbage trucks coming in because we’d love to save nature to the best we can and we believe that it will start within us and our homes. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Great post for the environment!Waste management is very important in any country!Thanks for sharing with us

  10. I think that recycling and waste management is very well organized basically all over Europe – thanx to the Union. Italy, however, is extra-strict which is a good thing.

  11. Separating waste takes time, but it’s so worth it. It’s so important to make sure we take care of the planet. It’s the only one we have.

  12. Wow…this is very useful! I must admit, I never knew how to correctly organize waste, like I never thought to saperate dirty plastic from a clean one. Thank you for that!

  13. Oh, separating waste can be totally tedious, but I observe this strictly in the clinic, most especially now in the time of Covid 19. What I did was to print colored poster that I laminated and attached onto each bin so we will remember which items go where.

  14. Really appreciate your first step towards a greener world. Even we practice composting from wet garbage here. Also a person comes to collect recyclable waste every week!

  15. I love the idea of composting, but I live in a, flat so impossible. When I buy a house, we will definitely have, a compost bin. Great read, it’s amazing how much we produce but we need to start working to give back to the environment before it’s too late.

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