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The Art of Waste Segregation

The Art of Waste Segregation


As an immigrant, one of the major struggles that I faced was Waste Segregation. I know you must’ve pulled your hair too in order to understand what goes where. We, mainly Indians, have this habit of throwing everything in one bin then you move to Canada and each item has its own place. And the struggle is real if you’ve moved to an apartment or a house where you are responsible for it. When I was struggling, I wished I had a guide which I could refer to, instantly, while holding a peanut butter jar in my hand, confused. We must also understand how important it is for our environment and so after mastering this Art of Waste Segregation, I decided to put it out there for our South Asian Community at Homeis. 

There are essentially three main Bins: The blue, Green and Black bin. 

1. The Blue Bin aka The Recycling Bin 

(Tip: I remembered it by associating blue colour with water and because water can be recycled so is this garbage)

Blue Bin accepts: 

• Plastic Bags (Soft and Stretchy)

• Plastic bottles, plates and cups

• Aluminium cans, pie plates, trays and roasting pans (cleaned)

• Foam polystyrene meat trays (liners are garbage)

• Plastic food containers and cutlery (black and compostable plastic is garbage)

• Bottles and jars (lids on)

• Paper bags, newspaper, flyers, cardboards and cartons

Blue Bin rejects:

• Food 

• Hot beverage cups

• VHS tapes, Chains, hoses or electrical cords

• Black Plastic 

• Coffee pods

• Clothing or textiles


• Remove food, liquids or other contents and rinse clean before recycling

• Put items in loose and not bagged. Use a clear plastic bag only if necessary

• Put shredded paper in a clear plastic bag

• Separate plastic bags/over-wrap from newspapers, flyers, magazines, water/soft drink cases; recycle separate.

2. The Green Bin aka the food and Organic Waste Bin

(Green is the colour of the plants and we get our food from it so it goes back to where it came from)

Green Bin accepts:

• Fruits, vegetables

• Meat, poultry and fish products (including bones)

• Pasta, bread, cereals and rice

• Dairy products, eggs, and shells

• Cake, cookies, candy, and nuts

• Animal waste, bedding, and cat litter

• House plants, including soil

• Coffee grounds/filters, tea bags

• Diapers

• Soiled paper such as food packaging, ice cream containers, popcorn, flour, and sugar bags

• Soiled tissues, napkins and paper towels (unless they have been used with chemicals/cleaning supplies)

A Pro Tip: Be sure to line your green bin with a biodegradable plastic bag.

3. The Black Bin aka The Garbage bin

(Think of this black bin as a big black hole which consumes all other stuff. You can toss out anything that is labelled as “trash”.)

This Black hole accepts:

• Liner bags (cereal, cookies, crackers)

• Black plastic food containers, cutlery and lids

• Hot drink cups (recycle non-black lids and sleeves)

• Cold drink cups and straws (recycle lids)

• Plastic bubble wrap

• Laminated plastic film (stand-up pouches, snack food bags)

• Dryer and disposable mop sheets, baby wipes, make-up pads, cotton tipped swabs, and dental floss

• Plastic or foil wrappers and aluminium foil

• Drink pouches and straws

• Popsicle sticks, toothpicks, wood chips, Chopsticks and pencil shavings

• Hair, pet hair, feathers, feathers, nail clippings, dryer lint, candles and wax, gum cigarette butts, wine corks, vacuum bags/contents, fireplace and ashes

• Gum packages and blister packs

• Light bulbs (not CFLs), dishes and drinking glasses

• Metallic gift wrap and bows

• Ribbons

• Wooden fruit crates

• Broken mugs and dishes

• Plastic food wrap (stretchy)

• Dryer sheets, baby wipes, make-up pads, dental floss, cotton tipped swabs, and cotton balls

• Medical waste: cloth and plastic bandages, gauze, intravenous, catheter/colostomy bags and tubes

• Pieces of wood

This is it guys! You’ve mastered the Art of Waste as well. If in case you are still unsure where to toss what, feel free to comment and we’d be happy to address any confusions. Let’s keep our new home waste free and our planet clean, together.

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Venkat· Oct 26, 19:31
Nicely explained.. keep up 👍
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Adnan· Oct 29, 04:31