The 7 Types of Waste We Create – Learn How To Eradicate Them!

All our activities generate some kind of waste and it is important to know how to dispose of them properly. MetaFLO Technologies lists 7 types of wastes that we encounter in our lives.

1. Liquid Waste


Waste that exists in liquid form can be classified as liquid waste. It consists of both waste which originated as liquid, as well as, solids converted to liquid form. Thus, water from our homes, toilets, restaurants, etc. are all liquid waste. It is important to properly treat liquid waste and not dump it into rivers, lakes and canals. This can contaminate sources of potable water and spread diseases.

2. Solid Waste

Solid waste is predominantly garbage, rubbish or refuse that is made as a result of human activity. Earlier, it used to be enough to dump solid wastes in landfills and leave it as that. But the ever growing population means that we are running out of such spaces fast and we need proper disposal methods in order to keep our environment healthy.

3. Biological Waste

Any waste that is created due to biological activity is termed as biological waste. Human and animal excreta, blood, body fluids, used bandage, syringes are all biological waste. Utmost care must be employed when disposing of this since biological waste is increasingly prone to spreading contamination and diseases

Hazardous Waste

Waste matter that may be harmful to us is hazardous waste. It can include inflammable agents (like deodorants), corrosive materials (acids) or reactive items. In many countries, authorities have defined strict codes for disposal of such items in order to minimize risk to citizens.

Organic Waste

Fruit peels, flower trimmings, weeds, i.e., items which are organic in nature termed as organic waste. These products are the least hassle to dispose of since they can be converted to manure or compost easily. They decay due to activities of microorganisms and do not pollute the environment.

Industrial Waste

Industrial activity creates a large amount of waste products as a result of reactions and processes. Toxic chemicals, smoke and fumes are released into the atmosphere if proper waste management system is not in place. Nowadays there are strict regulations when it comes to industrial activities to minimize pollution.

Recyclable Waste

Recycling is the ability to convert used materials into new ones. Recyclable wastes are the most important ones in our lives. We have a finite number of resources on earth, and thus, care must be made to use each to their maximum potential. Glass, paper, cardboards are all recyclable.