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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WASTE materials like egg trays, recycled cloth, plastic, and wooden pieces often end up in the bin. Read full story ... ....

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According to 2022 estimates, our global efforts to recycle plastic are falling woefully short of our goals. only roughly nine percent of plastic waste is being recycled, meaning landfills keep growing at a breakneck pace and incinerators are sending huge amounts of emissions into the atmosphere....

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“We know that plastic waste and plastic production are among the leading threats to our oceans, our climate and environmental justice,” said Healey ... Healey’s announcement, which shifts our state’s focus on plastics from recycling waste to reducing waste,” said MASSPIRG Executive Director Janet Domenitz....

'Swachhata Hi Seva': Mumbai gears up for mega cleanliness drive on Sunday

Indian Express 30 Sep 2023
'In the campaign, besides educating the citizens about the importance of cleanliness, the BMC will also give out messages related to waste sorting, recycling and plan out alternative for single usage plastic,' said an official ... ....

Zero Waste Festival under way in Puducherry

The Hindu 30 Sep 2023
L-G recommends an eco-friendly lifestyle, optimal water and power consumption, planting more trees and better waste management practices, including recycling of plastic .......

SM Prime explores potential partnership with Japanese firm for waste-to-fuel solutions

Manila Bulletin 29 Sep 2023
to explore a potential partnership and implement waste management solutions by recycling wastepaper and plastics as an alternative source of energy called "fluff fuel." ... recently inaugurated its P200-million, 2,400-square meter waste recycling plant in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu....

Ready for challenges on journey to circular economy

The Saigon Times 29 Sep 2023
In Sweden, there are not only general measures on waste recycling but also sector-specific policies promoting circular economy models in different industries such as plastics, manufacturing, construction, and consumption ... line, mainly to produce plastic pellets from plastic waste....

Takeaway customers face chaos as owners say they know nothing about new plastic packaging ban ...

The Daily Mail 29 Sep 2023
'Councils are sure that businesses want to comply with these new regulations and keep plastic waste to a minimum,' Councillor Darren Rodwell, environment spokesman for the LGA, said ... It's part of the UK Government's pledge to tackle plastic pollution and eliminate plastic waste by 2042 ... The Government has vowed to eliminate plastic waste by 2042....

Watchdogs urge Nestlé, Danone and other food giants to 'deplastify'

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... the role they play in driving plastic pollution ... Pritchard warned that too many of the big food corporations appear to be relying on recycling as a solution to their plastic waste problem, which she said ultimately results in "an endless game of catch up that they will never win"....

Women in Maritime Laments Nigeria’s Ranking in Global Plastic Pollution 

This Day 29 Sep 2023
She pointed out that WISTA and other women maritime groups in the country would explore pet projects in recycling in a bid to convert waste to wealth, especially as the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) states that the untapped Nigerian plastic waste sector is worth over N2.2billion....

Column: The importance and value of composting

Cleburne Times-Review 29 Sep 2023
Just as you can put plastic or glass aside for recycling, you can also put your food waste aside, and when combined with grass, leaves and twigs, the resulting product is called compost, which can be used as a garden fertilizer ... Importantly, if food waste is not included in trash, there will be no food for rodents (e.g....

We need all hands on deck for Zero Waste October

Daily Californian 28 Sep 2023
Three familiar signs with graphics of cans, bottles, plastic waste and food scraps ... Groups on campus such as the Zero Waste Lab and the Student Environmental Resource Center’s Zero Waste Research Center are conducting research on novel technologies, such as methods to recycle hard-to-recycle plastics....

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