Waste segregation is the process of dividing garbage and waste products in an effort to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.
Paper, cardboard, glass, metal and certain types of plastics can all be recycled. These items are segregated from non-recyclables by homeowners and waste management companies so that they can be reused.
Biodegradable items such as yard clippings or grass, food and other things that can be naturally broken down are separated in the waste segregation process. Often, these biodegradable items can be used for composting purposes and recycled back into the environment.
Batteries are a huge source of toxins that can be spread into the environment if not segregated and recycled accordingly. Certain states have set up designated locations for people to drop off used batteries.
Electronic items such as computers, televisions and stereos are other forms of waste that can be segregated and recycled. Many states have set up electronics collection centers to recycle these products.
Ultimately waste segregation boils down to waste management. Waste management is the process of disposing, processing, recycling and refining waste materials. Waste segregation is a big part of the waste management process.
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