Dry waste, a significant component of municipal solid waste (MSWM), encompasses materials like construction and demolition debris, plastics, rubber, lumber, and other non-biodegradable items.Its management is crucial for environmental protection and resource conservation.
MSWM initiatives are increasingly prioritizing dry waste management due to its sustainability and environmental benefits. Identifying and segregating dry waste categories from commercial and household activities is the first step in effective management. Dry waste can be recycled, composted, or incinerated, offering valuable alternatives to landfills.
Plastic - Plastic recycling is an important part of our step towards innovation and sustainability. Recycling has been drastically developed in the area of plastic. Most of the plastics (PE-Polyethylene, PP-Polypropylene, PVC Polyvinyl Chloride, PET-Polyethylene Terephthalate) etc. could be recycled via mechanical route.
Paper - Informal sector - 95% of the collection of waste paper in India is mainly performed through door-to-door collectors, kabadi system, and waste pickers.
Glass - Reuse of glass containers is preferable to recycling. The glass component in municipal waste is usually made up of bottles, broken glassware, light bulbs and other items.
Metals – It can be recycled repeatedly without degrading its properties, which is why it’s an mportant waste commodity. Scrap metal value motivates people to collect it for sale to recycling operations
Other Waste – Waste from textiles constitutes to approximately 1% of the MSW composition Clothing is rarely discarded, Owing to significant social meaning held by textiles. Instead, it is frequently recycled for both the domestic and global markets. Shoes and Footwear - There has been negligible response of the footwear industry to the increasing problems associated with shoe waste