In many remote or rural areas, garbage disposal services are sporadic, and oftentimes completely unavailable. People that live in such places must find a way to efficiently, safely and properly dispose of their garbage. There are different ways and methods of doing so, but the most efficient i have found is this:

1. Separate your organic garbage from the rest. This garbage is useful, especially for famers, as it can be composed and spread on their land to help increase crop yields. Because in most scenarios organic waste forms the bulk of the garbage total, keeping it separate will also reduce the amount of garbage you will have to dispose of using the second method. Finally, organic wastes draw numerous pests, from insects to rats, so it is best to get rid of it in a way that it wont attract pests.

2. After separating the organic garbage, separate all plastic and paper material that can be safely burned. This material will have to be disposed of in the fire, which is best done in a pit. You can dig a hole, at around two feet, and layer the bottom with paper or other flammable materials. Next, place the waste to be burned in the middle, and cover with more flammable materials such as paper. You could also add kerosene, or another flammable liquid to get the fire started properly.

*WARNING* Only burn garbage when you are sure that it will not cause you or your surroundings damage. Refrain from burning during strong winds, or dry periods. Be aware that many materials, such as plastic, are toxic when burned, so take care not to inhale any of the fumes. Wearing a protective mask would be advisable. Finally, do not include any materials such as batteries in the fire, these must be disposed of using step 3.

3. Finally, you should be left with inorganic, non-flammable items such as metals and batteries. This waste is hard to dispose of. Because it will damage the environment if buried (leaking batteries release acid into the soil, which destroys its ability to bear fruit), and cannot be burned safely, you have no choice but to either take it to a government-sanctioned dump, or to the nearest garbage loading point. Be careful where you store items such as batteries, for they may leak at almost any time, and cause you a lot of trouble.

These three steps provide anyone the ability to properly manage their own household waste. In fact, this method can even be applied to urban areas. For example, you could compost your organic wastes, separate things such as plastics and batteries, and recycle what can be recycled. In many jurisdictions throughout Europe, it is in fact mandatory to do so in order to reduce the ecological footprint mankind is having on the environment. It is also a good way to save a few dollars. First, you can recycle most items for money, and second, if the frequency of garbage disposal goes down, so does the cost to the taxpayer. This can either lead to a lowering of municipal tax, or to an increase in another service, which is beneficial for all.