What Is The Ideal Way To Recycle?

What is the ideal way to recycle?


Type of wasteCurrent systemIdeal system
BatteriesThrown in general stream of waste. Extremely harmful to the environmentTo be disposed of as part of E-waste stream to authorized E-waste collection agents
GlassBroken glass is thrown in general stream. This is very hazardous to waste-pickers who sort through waste. Bottles and other forms of glass are sorted and recycled by waste-pickersBroken glass should be disposed of in an identifiable bag
Sanitary PadsThrown in general stream of waste. Are hazardous to waste-pickers to have to handle themShould be disposed of in an identifiable bag. SWaCH manufactures an S.T dispo bag for the safe and hygienic disposal of Sanitary pads.
Household Medical wasteThrown in general stream of wasteThe municipality should have a separate collection system for medical waste
Electrical and Electronic waste (E-Waste)Currently disposed of through a flourishing grey marker. Some parts are reused as second hand There is no system for items that do not have a value in the market, they get disposed in the general stream of waste which is extremely hazardous to the environmentE-Waste should be disposed through authorized collection agents who will ensure that it is recycled/ disposed in a scientific manner. In Pune, SWaCH has been authorized by the PMC to collect E-waste.
PaperWastepickers sort paper into several categories and recycle itWaste should be segregated (into wet and dry) to ensure good quality of paper for better recycling
PlasticThere is several categories of plastic which are collected and sorted by waste-pickers. Low-grade plastics are not getting recycled in the market and hence is not being collected by waste-pickers
  1. Manufacturing companies (of low-grade plastic) have to be made accountable for their products
  2. Consumption of products packaged in such plastic should be discouraged
Metal/Rusted metalSorted by waste-pickers and recycled
Cloth wasteCloth in good condition is reused, cotton bits of cloths (rags) are sorted by waste-pickers and sold to garages etc

Wastepickers collect and sort waste in the following categories :

Paper, Corrugated board (pushta), milk bags, metal, tin, kadak ( IM plastic – PET bottles etc), Fuga ( BM plastic – parachute oil bottles, shampoo bottles etc), cables, shoes, glass ( beer bottles, quarter bottles, other glass).  Low-grade scrap like wafer packets, biscuit packets, thermacole, etc – are not recycled.

V Collect is a service offered by SWaCH to help citizens dispose of any unwanted household articles which are generally not thrown in daily waste. Articles such as old clothes, footwear, electronic and electrical waste, old furniture, newspapers can all be disposed of through a V Collect drive.

Contact SWaCH on +91-9765999500/ [email protected] or visit swachcoop.com for additional details.