Bin there, done that

Segregation, the key to solid waste management at Infosys

Bin there, done that

Mixed waste is one of the biggest challenges to urban development today. In India for instance, urban areas generate more than 100,000 MT of waste per day, and only a small part of it can be recycled or treated due to lack of segregation at source. When waste is mixed, it delays and hampers treatment, recycling, and disposal. Toxic contents of mixed waste can leach into soil and water, posing a huge threat to the environment.

At Infosys, solid waste management begins with effective waste segregation at source. Our goal is 100% segregation at source.

Our waste management framework

Our waste management framework

The waste we generate can be classified into three main categories:

  • Non-Hazardous Waste: Includes Food waste (includes kitchen waste, cooked food (unconsumed) and plate waste), Garden Waste, recyclables (Plastics, Metal, Paper etc.)
  • Hazardous Waste: Includes E-waste (discarded electrical or electronic devices), DG oils, Bio-Medical waste, Batteries etc.
  • Mixed waste – includes any combination of waste types into three main categories:

Our Waste Management Approach

  • Decentralized waste management
  • In-situ treatment/pre-treatment of Organics and Non-Hazardous In-Organics
  • Environmentally sound and Smart technologies for treatment

Both awareness and process optimization are crucial for effective waste segregation, while technology is the prime aid. Awareness is important because without conscious employee participation, we cannot even dream of achieving our segregation goals. We inform and educate employees round the year and use signage around our campuses to ensure effective segregation.

How we made it happen

We have made it mandatory for our employees to segregate waste at every location. This has allowed us to overcome the critical issue of segregation at source and ensured waste segregation in all our campuses.

Bridging the gap, staying relevant

91% of our waste today is segregated at source – the result of the concerted effort of our Green Initiatives Team and our employees.