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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North Shore News in Brief

The Salem News 11 Feb 2020
The arts at Salem University. ‘Awaken, Conjuring Our Tomorrow,’ a group exhibition at Salem State University, is running through March 13 at the Winfisky Gallery, 352 Lafayette St ... If you are interested in volunteering, email Micaela Guglielmi, waste reduction coordinator, City of Salem, Engineering Dept., at mguglielmi@salem.com....

Letter: Don't be short-sighted about recycling

The Salem News 22 Jan 2020
“The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recently awarded the city (Beverly) a $30,000 grant through its Recycling Dividends program, which helps municipalities maximize their recycling, composting and waste reduction program,” the article stated ... Salem....

THIRD QUARTER SURGE: Witches catch fire in second half, run past Danvers

The Salem News 18 Jan 2020
DANVERS — For the first half of Friday's boys hoop tilt between Danvers and Salem, neither squad could find any sort of rhythm offensively ... Salem (6-4) wasted no time getting things going in in the decisive third, with the consecutive backdoor cuts from Beauregard sparking the flame ... Salem 50, Danvers 39 ... Salem 5 11 24 10 ... Salem ... 16-15 Salem....

Letter: Palmer Cove Schools need a field to play on

The Salem News 16 Jan 2020
I’m writing today as spokesperson for a rapidly growing group of Salem residents who are increasingly alarmed at the deleterious effect that any of these plans would undoubtedly have on Salem school baseball, both at Salem High School and at Salem Academy Charter School ... The outfield has also been an asset to Salem Youth Soccer in past years ... Salem....

VIDEO: Sanitation crews continue to work on downtown sidewalks

Statesman Journal 10 Jan 2020
Sanitation crews continued the two-day process of cleaning up downtown Salem sidewalks Friday morning, a response to trash and waste accumulation .......

In 2020, Orange to focus on new school; Wendell, New Salem look to broadband access

The Recorder 09 Jan 2020
While the eastern towns of Orange, New Salem and Wendell — in addition to Petersham in Worcester County — share the Ralph C ... The change will affect all 19 towns in the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, including New Salem, Orange and Wendell ... Wendell, like New Salem, is also working toward getting broadband internet for its residents....

Gaston County Schools going green

Gaston Gazette 09 Jan 2020
Gaston County Schools is going green.The district adjusted its energy use across all 54 schools ......

The Last Line of Defense: 20 Activist Groups That Are Making a Big Difference

CounterPunch 26 Dec 2019
Unfortunately, we can’t bring all of them to your attention ... BBC is fighting against factory farms, mega-landfills, and state policies and practices that result in water pollution, toxic waste, and desecration of sacred space ... Salem, OR 97301 ... Nukewatch conducted TrackWatch; a program to monitor and expose secret shipments of radioactive waste on U.S....

Waste district offers holiday recycling guidelines

The Recorder 23 Dec 2019
The municipal compost programs at the transfer stations in Bernardston, Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Leverett, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Wendell and Whately accept all types of food waste, including meat, bones, cheese and paper waste from napkins, paper towels, egg ......

Abu Dhabi to tackle 'disposable culture' at major recycling summit

The National 17 Dec 2019
Hosted by Tadweer, Abu Dhabi’s Centre for Waste Management, it also will seek to examine the growth of the circular economy in the region ... “The exhibition will provide an ideal platform to exchange ideas and discuss new ways of waste management, recycling and safe disposal,” said Salem Al Kaabi, director general of Tadweer, on Tuesday....

Calendar (Dec. 10)

Lebanon Express 10 Dec 2019
This is a community calendar ... Inclusion of items is at the discretion of the newspaper ... WEDNESDAY ... Appointments. 541-220-1040 ... Stone Soup lunch, 11.30 a.m ... 317 ... Cost ... Millersburg Parks Committee, 6 p.m., City Hall, 4222 NE Old Salem Road ... Benton County Solid Waste Advisory Council, 6.30 p.m., Upper Avery Conference Room, 360 SW Avery Ave., Corvallis.Health....

India should develop thorium-based nuclear reactors as an alternative source of energy: expert

Business Line 06 Dec 2019
Thorium is a weakly radioactive metallic chemical element ... Power from solid waste. Pillai also suggested generation of power through municipal solid waste. This is already being done in Salem, and can be replicated elsewhere. The pollution in Delhi, for instance, can be curbed by turning the waste into power ... .......

Winston-Salem man's claims of innocence in 1985 murder will be heard in May 2020

Winston-Salem Journal 05 Dec 2019
A three-judge panel will hear in May a Winston-Salem man's claim that he had no role in a 1985 murder ... Bryson, a 65-year-old retiree, was found strangled to death in her Winston-Salem home on Dec ... the commission's work on the case, calling it a waste of taxpayer's dollars....