Solid Waste Management Part 2: Classification of Solid Waste

Manage waste and save mother earth.

  1. COMPOSTABLE WASTES. Compostable wastes are biodegradable waste such as food waste, garden waste and animal waste. They undergo biological degradation under controlled conditions and can be turned into compost (soil conditioner or organic fertilizer) by mixing them with soil, water, air and biological additives/activators (optional).


Examples are:

·        Fruit and vegetable peelings

·        Leftovers

·        Vegetable trims

·        Fish/Fowl/Meat/Animal entrails

·        Soft shells

·        Seeds

·        Leaves

·        Flowers

·        Twigs

·        Branches

·        Stems

  1. RECYCLABLE WASTES. Recyclable materials refer to any waste material retrieved from the waste stream and free from contamination that can still be converted into suitable beneficial use. These may be transformed into new products in such a manner that the original products may lose their identity.


Examples are:                                                                        

·        Papers

·        Plastics

·        Metals/Aluminun

·        Glass

  1. RESIDUAL WASTES. Residual wastes are solid waste materials that are non-compostable and non-recyclable. They should be disposed ecologically through a long-term facility or sanitary landfill.


Examples are:

    • Sanitary Napkins
    • Disposable Diapers
    • Worn-out rugs
    • Cartons which contain a plastic lining usually used for milk and juice containers
    • Ceramics
    • Candy Wrappers/Sachets
    • Other solid materials that cannot be composted and recycled
  2. SPECIAL WASTES. Special wastes refer to household hazardous wastes.


Examples are:

    • Paints
    • Thinners
    • Household Batteries
    • Lead-acid Batteries
    • Spray Canisters
    • Bulky Wastes such as:

·        Large worn-out or broken furniture

·        Lamps

·        Book Cases

·        Filing Cabinets

·        Consumer Electronics which refer to worn-out, Broken and other discarded items such as

·        Radios

·        Stereos

·        TV Sets

·        White Goods which refer to large worn-out or broken household appliances such as:

·        Stoves

·        Refrigerators

·        Dishwashers

·        Clothes Washers

·        Dryers

·        Oil

·        Tires

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