Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I throw?

1. Used tissues?
Green Bin
2. Leftover food?
Green bin (any packaging goes into the yellow bin)
3. Empty juice can?
Yellow bin ( drain any leftover liquids before disposing)
4. Food packaging?
Empty packaging goes to the yellow bin and leftover food to the green bin

Why do we even need to worry about waste?

Waste is an area of concern because if it is managed well it is a source of resource recovery, but if not then a source of toxins that make their way into our water, soil and air.

What can be done with all the stuff that we throw as waste?

Resource recovery by composting, reusing and recycling. Incineration/ landfill of material that is cannot be composted/ reused/recycled.

What is waste segregation and why is it needed?

Waste segregation means separation of different types of waste so that optimum reclaiming of resources from each waste stream is possible.  Such segregation is best done at the source where waste is generated so that each waste stream remains as unsoiled as possible. Segregated organic waste can be composted and dry waste can be recycled.

What happens when waste is not segregated?

When waste is not segregated at source resource recovery becomes difficult and the amount of reject waste that gets landfilled/ incinerated increases drastically.

Why should I segregate my waste?

< Waste segregation at source is mandatory at IISc and a part of your duties as a responsible citizen.

What is Dry Waste?

Paper, plastics, metal, glass, rubber, thermocol, Styrofoam, fabric, leather, rexine, wood, etc. These items when not contaminated with any organic wet matter can be kept for an extended period without decomposing.

What is organic (wet) waste?

Organic (wet) waste consists of kitchen/ food waste  including vegetable and fruit peels and pieces, tea leaves, coffee grounds, eggshells, bones and entrails, fish scales, as well as cooked food (both veg and non-veg).