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An Overview of Different Types of Waste

Types of waste

Every commercial or residential establishment produces different amounts and types of waste. Our responsibility as the owners or inhabitants of the establishment is to ensure appropriate waste management protocols are in place. That is where a reputable waste management consultant such as HPG Consulting can help. While we can provide comprehensive guidance on every aspect of residential and commercial waste management, in this blog post, we give you an insight into the basics, with an introductory guide covering different types of waste. Read on.

Food

Food occupies a huge portion of the waste generated in homes as well as commercial facilities. Unavoidable food waste should be recycled, and to efficiently achieve that, food waste must be separated from non-food waste items, such as disposable cutlery and food packaging. The process of separation will help avoid any disruption in the recycling process.

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Plastic

Plastic utilizes a lot of natural resources to be produced, and does not biodegrade, which means recycling is the only option to maintain a balance. That’s why it is necessary to separate plastic waste such as bottles, jars, jugs, carry bags, lunch boxes, glasses, and recycle them. The plastic that goes for recycling needs to be clean or even a single dirty product can contaminate an entire bale consisting of a multitude of plastic items.

Paper

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), paper waste makes up almost 29 percent of the municipal waste stream, making it a major part of our waste management systems. One of the most easily recyclable materials, paper products that can be recycled come in many forms including corrugated cardboard, magazines, office paper, newspapers, paperboard, phone books, mail, and juice cartons.

Glass

While it may not be economically feasible to recycle all glass products to make a new product, you can correctly identify different types of glass waste can help facilitate proper waste management. For instance, brown-colored glass products are manufactured by adding nickel, sulfur, and carbon to molten glass, making it only reusable enough to make new brown-colored products.

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Metal

While recycling aluminum products take only around 60 days to be recycled for reuse, only 49 percent of the aluminum products are being recycled in America. Most of the metals products including aluminum cans, bakeware, and foil, and steel and tin cans can be recycled to save almost 74 percent of the energy used to produce them.

Looking for a Waste Management Consultant?

Now that you an overview of different types of wastes, you will need an efficient waste management plan to ensure proper disposal and recycling of the waste products. That is where the team of waste management consultants at HPG Consulting can help by providing expert guidance on waste management and health compliances. To learn more or discuss your requirement, fill out our contact form or call +91-11-43505228/29.

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