Disposal of household refuse

Household refuse includes all the rubbish that a house-hold accumulates such as empty tins and bottles, ashes from the fires, waste food, pieces of papers, etc. Household refuse should be properly disposed of, otherwise they can become a danger to the health of the family members.

Methods of disposal of household refuse:
There are different types of household refuse. The method of disposal depends on the type of refuse.
1. Burying: Refuse such as broken plates, bottles, cups, old cans, etc can be buried where space is available.

2. Burning: Dry refuse such as old newspapers, dried leaves and rags can be disposed by burning.

3. Feeding animals: Some refuse can be useful for feeding animals. For instance pigs and chicken can feeding some types of food wastes; such as potatoe peelings, left-over food. Dogs can eat bones and flesh.

4. Compost making: Refuse which can rat or decay such as vegetable and some animal refuse could be used for making compost or manure. Refuse for compost should be buried in a proper compost pit to decay.

Qualities of a good bin: A good refuse bin should:
- be strong and durable.
- have a good fitting cover.
- have strong handles.
- be leak-proof.
- if possible have small holes at the bottom so that any liquid or water can drain off easily.

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