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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The Daily Mail 20 Mar 2023
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Popular Science 20 Mar 2023
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Phys Dot Org 20 Mar 2023
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Jamaica Observer 20 Mar 2023
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The Daily Mail 20 Mar 2023
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Live Mint 20 Mar 2023
According to a Central Pollution Control Board report, only half of the plastic generated in India is recycled.The UNU-INWEH report says that plastic pollution associated with bottled water currently generates billions of plastic bottles every year, with much of the plastic waste not being recycled but disposed of in landfills....

Recycled Plastic Market Is Estimated To Observe Significant Growth Of SD 56.81 Billion By Growing ...

MENA FN 20 Mar 2023
(MENAFN - PR Newswire) Increasing consumer awareness for sorted plastic waste and government regulation are expected to influence the Recycled Plastics Market growth. PUNE, India, March 20, 2023 ... ....

Feature: Young Zambian ventures into production of environment-friendly charcoal briquettes

Xinhua 20 Mar 2023
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Why most plastic can\u2019t be recycled

Indian Express 19 Mar 2023
With only 9% of annual plastic waste recycled, the myth that we can recycle our way out of a mounting plastic pollution crisis doesn't add up ... In the United States, which is by far the world's biggest plastics polluter, only around 5% of over 50 million tons of plastic waste produced by households in 2021 was recycled, according to Greenpeace....

Water stewardship and plastic waste management are two sides of the same coin

B & FT Online 18 Mar 2023
Unfortunately, plastic waste pollution is threatening the health and sustainability of these water bodies ... The issue is compounded by poor waste management systems, pervasive waste littering by consumers and a lack of suitable waste management infrastructure, leading to plastic waste being indiscriminately dumped into water bodies....

Stephanie Collins: Recycling contamination poses growing problem

Rocky Mount Telegram 18 Mar 2023
Some of the most common contaminants are plastic bags, hazardous waste such as batteries, cell phones, paint etc., items containing food residue, frozen food boxes and candy or food wrappers ... Recycling facilities cannot handle plastic bags ... Remember, plastic bags do not go in the recycle bin.If in doubt, throw it out....

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Harpers Bazaar 18 Mar 2023
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