2bin1bag – Source Segregation

There are only three kinds of solid waste an average household needs to segregate waste into. Segregation into further categories can be left to the recyclers themselves. For segregation 2bin1bag.in model is the most widely adopted and simple implementation.


Wet waste:

All the wet kitchen waste. It can be either put in the green bins and given to conservancy workers or better composted by aerobic or anaerobic composting methods widely used world over. The compost output would be highly nutritional and could fulfil the manure needs of a home garden. Remember, plastic covers must not be used to line the wet waste bins or any of the bins.

Dry waste:

All kinds of plastics, glass, electronics, paper etc. This is the waste that needs to be put in the 2bin1bag bags and stored in home or in a common area in bigger bags. Right now clothes, footwear, bags are some of the waste not taken by recyclers.

Recycling of dry waste:

In low income places like Nochi Nagar(a CTC model community) there is hardly any profit for vendor who would go through the further segregation of dry waste to take what he wants. So we need to sort the dry waste further into the following five categories for safe disposal.


Disposal mechanism

Easily Recyclable

Newspaper, thick plastics, brown cardboards

Every local recycler or the companies paperman.in, trashgaadi.com, kuppathotti.com, earth recycler will collect these at your door step and pay you

Thin plastics / carry bags

Most menacing of dry waste and to be avoided as much using alternatives like cloth bags.

We send these to the shredders present in a number of Chennai corporation ward offices from where it goes for mixing with tar used during road laying.

If you have it in bulk sometimes corporation agrees t come and pick it up from you. Take to higher officials and demand it. Let it be a penalty for them for not enforcing the ban on under 40 micron plastic bags.

Glass bottles

Only few kinds of beer and whiskey glass bottles are sent for reuse easily

Rest need to be accumulated upto 10 tonne capacity for cost effective transport to crushers. Now you know why they are omnipresent in our beaches.

We are talking to corporation to allot space to store them or even run a program to buy them (seems the only way to stop them from getting littered and break in our beaches).

All provisionary boxes (often white inside)

Though made of paper, they often have plastic layers and not easily recyclable. Searching for suitable vendors still.


To be disposed with utmost care due to bad polluting effects.

To be accumulated as much and give to one of the registered e-Waste recyclers listed by Central Pollution Control Board


Fortunately or unfortunately most of Nochi Nagar waste is not easily recyclable. But that would not be the case for a middle or upper income community. So recyclers would gladly take all you have and pay you something. But whether they will dispose not easily recyclable stuff properly is a big question mark. So we need to ask them to take just the regular easy recyclables and take care of the rest like thin plastic covers and glass bottles ourself or through corporation support.


Sanitary waste, medical waste, human and animal hair, nails, dust collected when sweeping, broken glass and other sharp objects. Most of these need to be wrapped in newspapers and put in the Red bins to be given off to the conservancy workers. They would need to be incinerated or disposed off safely.

The same information in poster form follows. This can be printed and distributed among the households along with the 2bin1bag kits.

Segregation English