What is Organic Waste

Organic waste are all those waste or waste of biological originthat is, they come from or were part of a living being.

This concept is formed with the name trashwhich means ‘waste’, ‘waste’, ‘undone’, and the adjective organic‘relating to or pertaining to an organism or living being’.

There are different types of organic waste for example:

  • Food (fruit peels, remains of vegetables and vegetables, seeds, oil, bones, spoiled milk, etc.).
  • Paper or cardboard waste.
  • Remains of pruning of plants and shrubs.
  • Animal and human body waste (hair, nails, feathers, droppings, etc.).

Organic and inorganic waste

Garbage can be subdivided into two large groups based on its origin: organic and inorganic. Inorganic waste is that which does not come from living organisms. and that, in many cases, is the product of transformation and manufacturing processes carried out by man. Some examples of inorganic waste are glass bottles, plastic containers, materials made of PVC, aluminum cans, batteries, etc.

Unlike organic waste, inorganic residues are not degradable in the environment due to the materials with which they are made, and they represent a considerable source of contamination. However, in many cases they can be reused or recycled. These inorganic wastes can be in a gaseous, liquid or solid state.

Likewise, some types of sanitary waste, such as cotton gauze or plastic syringes, even though they are composed of organic or inorganic material, are usually considered as a separate group due to their potential as a source of contagion.

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See also Inorganic waste.

organic waste recycling

The recycling of organic waste refers to the transformation of this type of waste into materials that can be used for any purpose. As such, organic waste is biodegradable, since it can break down. In this sense, in terms of recycling, it can be used for different purposes, such as obtaining compost or organic fertilizer.

However, some organic waste should be disposed of in separate containers. Household oil, for example, can be used as biofuel, while paper and cardboard can be used to make new products from the same material.

Due to the negative environmental impact that organic waste can cause, its recycling is essential both at a domestic and industrial level to reduce pollution levels on the planet.

See also Recycling and Garbage.