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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Before chasing City Council presidency, Ron Salem faces re-election fight with Joshua Hicks

The Florida Times Union 17 Mar 2023
There’s more to be done in lots of areas, says Salem, who chaired a committee on solid waste and has been involved in a pilot program to compost restaurant waste and a project to save city money by inspecting recycling bins and telling residents what non-recyclable items they should stop placing there....

Communities struggling with soaring waste disposal costs

Daily Times Chronicle 17 Mar 2023
Back at the start of 2022, municipal officials in Reading, Wakefield, Peabody, and Salem caught their first hint that the waste hauling industry was facing extraordinary ... incinerator site where Reading’s waste is carted ... It’s the most effective tool to reduce waste,” MassDEP....

Starmount hardballers off to 2-0 start

The Yadkin Ripple 08 Mar 2023
Like Brinegar, Boles also played collegiately at Tusculum University, Anderson University and Winston-Salem State. The Rams wasted little time piling up runs as it scored two in the first and scored at least one in every inning of the game, which ended after five innings via the mercy rule ... Camdyn Key took the loss on the mound for Wilkes Central....

Conference final roundup: Louisiana, Furman end NCAA droughts

Winston-Salem Journal 07 Mar 2023
Winston-Salem has banned pine straw at businesses and apartment complexes. Most property owners are complying, fire officials say Black Mountain Chocolate to shut down March 11 Two killed in wrong-way wreck on Interstate 40 A man upset with his order at a Little Caesars in Winston-Salem fires gun at an employee; no one is injured....

FIFA rules panel stresses need for more added time in games

Winston-Salem Journal 04 Mar 2023
The panel known as IFAB stressed the need for accurate calculation of time added on for stoppages in play because of injuries, substitutions, time-wasting and goal celebrations ... Two killed in wrong-way wreck on Interstate 40 A man upset with his order at a Little Caesars in Winston-Salem fires gun at an employee; no one is injured....

Letter: October is a 'horror' for Salem residents

The Salem News 02 Mar 2023
Salem’s city administration reports that all of the hotel rooms and short-term rentals in Salem for October 2023 are already reserved (and, I’m sure, at very high rates) ... Salem’s funding of Destination Salem’s advertising for Haunted Happenings has become a total waste of tax money ... Compare Salem with Newburyport and Portsmouth ... Salem....

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