What Is Inorganic Waste? A Quick Introduction

A waste generally consists of 2 types: wet and dry. Well, no. In this hierarchy of wastes, there rest an upper level that splits the waste into 2 types, Organic and Inorganic waste. As you might know, organic garbage consists of a degradable set of materials that is not much harmful to our nature but Inanimate waste is the complete opposite of that. Inorganic waste is defined as non-degradable materials that do not contain organic matter like animal excreta, banana peels, etc. hence it is difficult to decompose.

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A pile of waste including plastic, rubber


Inorganic waste examples

  • Glass
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Metal
  • Plastic



Glass can be your major problem in waste recycling. Waste recycle consists of huge manpower and the processing cost to recycle one waste to another product. Glass is one of the most popular products in the house and it has superior materials to recycle.

Recycling glass can increase the stress on the machines and you might see a peak in production costs. Broken glass can degrade the value of other materials such as paper and wood, or even machines!


Aluminum Cans 

This second waste takes more than half of the year phase of degradation after plastic. A casual aluminum can take up to 200 years to decompose.

One of the good sides of such metal is it can be recycled into the same product if you want to. These aluminum cans are quite large in size so with proper machinery it is possible to make these cans from the previous aluminum wastes. In today’s world disposing of waste like aluminum is growing fast.



Metal is something that microorganisms do not feed themselves onto. It does need a longer time to decompose but not longer as compared to other waste components. It can rust away itself to the environment but again it is harmful to the soil and other natural ingredients it gets in contact with.



Plastic has the largest degradation period of 400-500 years. The hazardous thing about sich material is it does not decompose in a landfill. Plastic stays in the soil for eternity. The only way to destroy it is by the UV rays of sunlight.

We can recycle the plastic bags we use for daily purposes or reduce the usage of plastic in a household manner. Former usage consists of clothing bags that are used for grocery and many domestic purposes.

Recycling inorganic waste
Recycling is an efficient way of disposing of waste

How to Dispose of Inorganic waste? 

The only way to dispose of garbage is by the use of recycling. There are organic recycling methods as well. You have to keep in mind that mineral waste requires huge amounts of time as compared to recycling food waste. In addition to that, recycle garbage needs some machinery costs and production fees as well.

Organic waste recycling is less complex and efficient for organic farming. Manmade waste materials like glass can be melt and used for various handicrafts. Another way of recycling glass is by making glass bottles out of them. Glass bottles have higher sale value among various companies.

Metals or steel sheets can be recycled to make steel cans or vice versa. Recycling steel also saves the amount of required iron core for the production of new steel units.



Inorganic waste is quite harmful to the environment and humankind. Such waste is slow to degrade in soil, so the best practice is to recycle it and make something productive out of it. It can help people financially and help to save the leading global issues like global warming, water, and air pollution.


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