Waste sorting

For used packaging, environmentally hazardous product and electrical equipment management system to function successfully in Latvia, each of us shall involve. There are many ways how we can make our environment cleaner, preserve resources and improve our health.

 

Waste sorting importance and benefits

The simplest, but also the most important work that each of us can do on daily basis is waste sorting.

While sorting waste, we:

  • We turn waste into valuable secondary raw materials, which are used repeatedly in the product manufacturing;
  • Save natural resources, saving oil, timber and other resources for future generations, as well as significantly reducing water and energy resource consumption;
  • Save space on waste sites - to store only those wastes that are really no longer recyclable;
  • Save money as sorted waste is collected and recycled for free, while the rates for collection and disposal of unsorted household waste is increasing every year;
  • Preserve the environment and ecology, as waste, when left in nature or is improperly disposed of (eg, burning in a fire), causes significant pollution and risks to human health;
  • Beautify the nature around us – free of bottles dropped by the roadside or polyethylene bags jammed in shrub branches;
  • Show our attitude standing up for the future of the planet - for green and healthy lives not only for us, but also for our children and grandchildren

 

How to start sorting waste?

To start sorting waste, one does not need any investment or house re-planning. All the sorted waste - secondary raw materials can just be collected in different bags or separate bins, which are emptied periodically. We emphasize that the recyclable materials must be clean - washed up - so that no unpleasant odor, spotting or other adverse effects will occur.

 

How to arrange for sorted waste containers nearby my house?

For waste sorting to be handy, we ourselves shall take care of the availability of containers for sorted waste near our houses. For such a container to be installed, residents should contact their waste manager (who removes the waste) with a request to install separate collection containers for glass, plastic and paper. If you live in an apartment house, the house manager must collect the signatures of the majority of apartment owners and the application prepared on behalf of the entire house must be submitted to the manager.

The manager will assess whether the installation of separate collection containers is profitable – whether there is any space for the containers at all, whether the tenants will sort the waste carefully and will be able to "produce" secondary raw materials on a regular basis, and treat the installed containers with care. Near the houses, where these conditions are met, the installation of separate collection containers usually has not obstacles.