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The 5 ?R?mantra of Zero-waste-New Ways To Manage Waste!

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Waste management is a collection, transportation, and disposal of garbage, sewage, and other waste products. The most important reason for waste collection is the protection of the environment and the health of the population. Rubbish and waste can cause air and water pollution.

As citizens of a society we have a responsibility to manage our waste sustainably. We can do this following the five R?s of waste management: reduce, reuse, recycle, recover and residual management. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle ? Five actions that can make your waste management easy.

How can we reduce waste?

? Buy in bulk to reduce packaging

? Take a reusable shopping bag with you so you don't have to use a paper or plastic bag from the shop

? Say ?no? to a plastic shopping bag when you only have a couple of items

? Choose products that use less packaging

? Buy reusable items rather than disposable ones

? Stick a "no junk mail" sign on your letterbox

? Take your lunch to school in a reusable container.

How can we reuse waste?

? Give unwanted toys and books to hospitals or schools

? Put unwanted clothes in used clothing bins

? Use plastic containers for freezing or storing food items

? Save wrapping paper and boxes to use again

? Use old jars for storage

? Take old magazines to your local doctor's or dentist's surgery

? Shop at second-hand stores or use online trading websites to buy items that are unwanted by others

? Take household items to your council?s resource recovery center

? Make memo pads out of waste paper

? Re-use envelopes - purchase reuse labels.

What can be recycled?

? The main products that can be recycled are paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, tin and plastic containers.

? Composting and worm farms are methods of recycling organic waste.


This is the recovery of waste without any pre-processing. For example, waste oils that cannot be refined for reuse in vehicles can be burnt for energy recovery. Recovering the energy from waste oil reduces our dependence on coal and imported oil.

Residual Management

This is the last option when waste cannot be used in any other way. Usually, this means sending rubbish to a landfill. Residual disposal of liquid waste is normally into a sewer or septic tank.

It is very important to manage residual solid and liquid waste properly. Waste not disposed of correctly can cause damage to health and the environment.

Waste management becomes a major problem not only for our country but for the whole world. If we do not pay attention to this time, then in the future we will have to bear the most terrible consequences.

Research Institutes Working For Waste Management:

International Institute Of Waste Management

National Environmental Engineering Research Institute

Researchers For Promoting Waste Management:

Making the best out of waste: Thes startups are helping Indian cities manage the trash;

Saahas Zero Waste

Started as an NGO in 2001, Saahas has over the past decade evolved into a for-profit business under the brand name of Saahas Zero Waste. The Bengaluru-based startup, backed by Indian Angel Networks and Upaya Social Ventures, today caters to clients from Bengaluru and Chennai. The social enterprise has diverted over 15,000 tonnes of waste from reaching landfills, and currently prevents 25 tonnes of waste from reaching dump yards on a daily basis.

Hasiru Dala

Bengaluru-based Hasiru Dala caters to over 25,000 households in the city and manages more than 700 tonnes of waste every month. The non-profit provides waste management solutions to apartments, corporate offices and at events, and also helps design, set up and maintain urban gardens.

Namo E-waste

Started by Akshay Jain, a 28-year-old entrepreneur from Delhi, Namo E-waste processes up to 20 tonnes of e-waste daily. With collection centers across 12 states and union territories across the country, the startup is building strategic partnerships with leading electronics companies, addressing the pressing need for collection of e-waste.

GEM Enviro Management

Incorporated in 2013, Delhi-based GEM Enviro Management collects polyethylene terephthalate (PET) waste from factories, offices, hotels, and institutes, and recycles them into products such as T-shirts, caps, and bags. The products are sold under its brand, Being Responsible. With a clientele that includes Bisleri, Pepsi, Cipla, IDFC Bank, Sun Pharma, and Google, the startup has processed nearly 5,000 tonnes of waste till now.


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