Large amounts of waste are produced every day: whether it’s from residential properties, businesses, industries, factories, hospitals, animals… Every activity present in today’s society generates waste material, and it’s important to recognize each type of waste and learn how to properly dispose of them. Poor waste management activities pose multiple threats to our health, our communities, and our environment.
Bio-One of Chula Vista’s certified technicians take care of biohazardous waste, hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, solid waste, organic waste, and all waste that may result in disease and infection outbreaks when not disposed of properly. Learn about the 5 types of waste that you encounter in your day-to-day activities and how to dispose of them in a safe manner.
What is considered waste?
In general, any materials or items that are no longer useful or necessary for someone are considered waste. Medical supplies, for example, are a type of waste generated after one service/use. Other types of waste, like electronics and home appliances, may be considered waste when they no longer serve a purpose for the owner or they simply stop working.
Tons of waste is generated every day, and the most developed communities tend to produce large amounts of municipal waste. Five types of waste are usually generated from all sorts of activities:
Liquid waste: Dirty water, wash water, waste detergents, oli, grease, sludge is considered liquid waste. Depending on the origin, liquid waste is classified as point source pollution and nonpoint source pollution. Liquid waste is produced by households and industries and it can be potentially hazardous to the environment. Some people refer to liquid waste as wastewater (waste found in liquid form).
Solid waste: Garbage, rubbish, refuse is considered solid waste. It’s produced in both residential and commercial locations and it can be broken into four major categories:
Plastic waste: Bags, bottles, containers, plastic jars, and other plastic materials that can be found in residential and commercial locations. Although non-biodegradable, plastic waste is usually recyclable.
Paper waste: Newspaper, carton board, and other packaging materials. Paper waste is usually recyclable.
Metal and tin waste: Steel and tin cans, barrels, and other metal materials can be found in both residential and commercial locations. Most of these materials can be recycled.
Glass and ceramic waste: Bottles and beverage containers are usually found in residential locations. Most of the glass and ceramic waste is recyclable if you dispose of it properly.
Plastic, paper, metal, and ceramic/glass waste should be disposed of separately. Learning how to recycle will have a positive impact on your life, your household, and your environment.
Organic waste: Food waste, garden waste, and other household rubbish is considered organic waste. Although organic waste is typically turned into manure for fertilizing in agriculture. Organic waste is known to produce large amounts of methane, so it should not be disposed of with regular waste.
Recyclable waste: Any materials, especially solid materials that can be reused are categorized as recyclable waste. Metals, wood, carton board, paperboard, paper, and certain organic materials are considered recyclable waste. Always check the item’s packaging to be sure whether it’s recyclable or not. You can also view the following list of common recyclables and how to properly dispose of them.
Hazardous waste: Flammable, corrosive, and reactive materials are considered hazardous waste. This type of waste is potentially dangerous to your health and the environment, so it’s important to dispose of them properly, and with the help of professionals.