Waste and wastes are unwanted or unusable materials. Waste is any substance which is discarded after primary use, or it is worthless, defective and of no use.

The term is often subjective (because waste to one person is not necessarily waste to another) and sometimes objectively inaccurate (for example, to send scrap metals to a landfill is to inaccurately classify them as waste, because they are recyclable). Examples include municipal solid waste (household trash/refuse), hazardous waste, wastewater (such as sewage, which contains bodily wastes (feces and urine) and surface runoff), radioactive waste, and others.


United Nations Environment Program

According to the Basel Convention,

United Nations Statistics Division, Glossary of Environment Statistics

European Union

Under the Waste Framework Directive, the European Union defines waste as "an object the holder discards, intends to discard or is required to discard."


There are many waste types defined by modern systems of waste management, notably including:

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Army marks 40 yrs of its dominance over Siachen

Deccan Herald 14 Apr 2024
... and clean up the Siachen glacier by removing hundreds of tonnes of wastes and recycle some of them.</p><p>As a part of the process, the army has tied up with a private firm that carries the waste plastic to Tamil Nadu where the matter is recycled to prepare jackets....

A new Rosemount recycling plant will be the first in Minnesota to handle aluminum cans

Pioneer Press 14 Apr 2024
After a resident or employee places recycling in their bin, the recycling hauler takes the waste back to a local materials recovery facility, where the plastic, metal, glass, cardboard and paper items are sorted. The materials recovery facilities sort the waste and prepare it to be sold and eventually recycled at a specific mill or facility....

Shock Findings: Plastic Shopping Bags Cause Around Four Times Less ‘Carbon’ Emissions than Paper Substitutes

The Daily Sceptic 14 Apr 2024
Most plastics are a by-product from natural oil and gas production. Thus plastic bad, anything else good ... Of course, much play is made of the harmful disposal of plastic, but this is largely a waste management problem. There are plenty of ways to prudently recycle or dispose of plastic safely, but they come with some financial cost....

Saigon Co.op ties up with Winrock International for waste circulation

Vietnam News 13 Apr 2024
Saigon Co.op will apply the waste circulation process through a plastic waste recycling station and an organic waste circulation model. Under the former, Saigon Co.op and ALTA Group will instal plastic bottle/aluminum can collection machines at Co.opmart supermarkets in HCM City....

Why Switzerland is not the best at recycling waste

Swissinfo 12 Apr 2024
Switzerland has one of the highest municipal waste recycling rates in Europe, at least for aluminum and glass ... Garbage bag tax promotes recycling Switzerland has been a pioneer country in municipal waste recycling....

Glasses or contacts? The fast fashion problem with contact lenses and glasses that we don't see

Hindustan Times 12 Apr 2024
As part of his PhD thesis, Rolsky looked at the impact of waste from disposable contact lenses and found that somewhere between 2 and 3 billion plastic lenses end up in wastewater in the US alone ... Contact lenses cannot be recycled alongside other plastic waste because they are so small and cannot be separated....

India among 12 nations responsible for 60% of world’s mismanaged plastic waste

The Siasat Daily 12 Apr 2024
The Plastic Overshoot Day report by Swiss non-profit EA Earth Action also said global plastic waste generation has risen by 7.11 per cent since 2021 ... plastic waste ... “The assumption that increased recycling and waste management capacity will solve the plastic crisis is flawed....

As Amazon Eliminates Plastic Packaging Abroad, It’s Using Even More in the US

Scheerpost 12 Apr 2024
Plastic waste overflows a disposal bin ... Five other states have passed less specific bills on “extended producer responsibility,” or EPR, that attempt to make plastic producers financially responsible for the waste they generate — often by having them fund improvements in recycling infrastructure....

Your turn: Clean energy investments are a win-win-win

Journal-Standard 12 Apr 2024
The Netherlands and Sweden have a lot to teach the world about recycling, waste management and energy production with their innovations in eliminating single-use plastics, recycling EV batteries and reusing materials to extend the lifecycle of goods, instead of discarding massive ......

Fairphone Fairbuds review: ethically made earbuds with replaceable batteries

AOL 11 Apr 2024
Fairphone recycles the equivalent weight of electronics for each set of earbuds sold, making it e-waste neutral. It uses fair cobalt, gold and silver and recycled plastic, rare earth elements and tin ... replaceable batteries, recycled and ethical materials, decent sound, noise ......

The shocking extent of Earth

The Daily Mail 11 Apr 2024
Some 220 million tonnes of plastic waste are set to be generated this year alone – the equivalent of 20,000 Eiffel Towers – a new report warns ... This includes plastic packaging, plastic in textiles and plastic in household waste ... 'The assumption that recycling and waste management capacity will solve the plastics crisis is flawed.'....

UAE: Dubai-based Emirates airline’s initiative to reduce plastic gets global recognition

Khaleejtimes 10 Apr 2024
Emirates airline’s initiative to reduce plastic waste through closed loop recycling has been recognized as one of the best practices among airlines around the world ... “In addition to several initiatives to reduce plastic waste, the closed loop recycling initiative allows for ......

Once free, a plastic recycling company in York now charging to accept residential waste

York Daily Record 10 Apr 2024
When CRDC opened its York plant to recycle plastics - the first such plant it opened in the United States - it was intended to accept plastic waste from commercial and industrial sources, using a proprietary process to recycle it into building products ... residential plastic waste....