What is solid waste


What is solid waste

The solid waste includes glass containers as crockery, plastic containers, sludge, automobile spares and heaps of crop residues. These pool up at public places and cause obstruction for public in daily life. Solid – waste also means garbage and rubbish.

The word “garbage” includes only organic refuse resulting from the preparation of food, and decayed and spoiled food from any source. The word “rubbish” includes all inorganic refuse matter such as, but not limited to, tin cans, glass, paper, ashes and sweepings.

Each household generates garbage or waste day in and day out. Items that we no longer need or do not have any further use for fall in the category of waste, and we tend to throw them away. There are different types of solid waste depending on their source. In today’s polluted world, learning the correct methods of handling the waste generated has become essential. Segregation is an important method of handling municipal solid waste. Segregation at source can be understood clearly by representation. One of the important methods of managing and treating wastes is composting.


As the cities are growing in size and in problems such as the generation of plastic waste, various municipal waste treatment and disposal methods are now being used to try and resolve these problems. One common sight in all cities is the rag picker who plays an important role the segregation of this waste.

Garbage generated in households can be recycled and reused to prevent creation of waste at source and reducing amount of waste thrown into the community dustbins.

Last modified: Tuesday, 3 January 2012, 5:45 AM