The first step: Segregate

1. A mixed bag of waste has resources. Stop throwing a mixed bag.

Know your waste before/after

2. Know what you are throwing out every day

Know your waste before/after

3. Create separate dustbins at home

Create separate dustbins at home

4. Find the way to handle it

Organic waste turns into rich compost. You can use compost in your garden, give it to a friend, or sell it to a local nursery.
Daily Dump helps you compost at home individually and in a community.
Clean and store all recyclable waste. So much can be reused if you think carefully before you buy! Use the Recycle Guru service to recycle your low value and high value waste.
Collect each category separately. E-waste can be dropped at the Recycle Guru office. Tie up with your local hospital for medical waste, and give other hazardous waste marked to the municipality.
Rejects can be collected and send to landfill, preferably if tied up in newspaper and marked. Hand this over to the municipal collection system.

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I am not clear on what really can be recycled, and how many different bins I need at home. Different people say different things. How should I store the recyclables?

Yes, it does seem overwhelming at first. But remember your Recycle Guru will pick up all low value waste too. So keep the bits of paper and thin plastic in separate bags and everything else can be together. He will go to his shop and do the segregation. There are so many different grades of paper, plastic, metal and glass and only the people who work with these materials everyday know these facts.

Different people say different things

He will then sort at your door the High Value into ways that make sense to him and put the Low Value bits of paper in one bag and Low Value Plastic in another.