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 Spokesman-Review 28 May 2024
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Matthew Linden of Elyria honored as National Commercial Driver of the Year

The Morning Journal 27 May 2024
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Delayed trash pick up? 15% to 20% of sanitation workers didn’t show up for work ...

Guam Pacific Daily News 27 May 2024
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Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Sunak?

Gulf Today 27 May 2024
Unless your only joy in life comes from the idea of young people being miserable (which, to be fair, is a non-zero percentage of the public), then what exactly is to be gained here? In a country whose biggest problems are the NHS, inflation, public transport and a lack of jobs, ......

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh on celebrating Irish stories and people

RTE 26 May 2024
... Catriona Crowe, and the hardworking Dublin City Council Waste Management Crew who keep O'Connell St looking its best. Wrapping up our conversation, the presenter made sure to give special mention to Robyn, a member of the waste management crew who brought pure glamour to the job....

Egypt, Italy review progress on $100m debt swap programme

Daily News Egypt 26 May 2024
The Sunday meeting focused on the progress of the program’s third phase, valued at $100m, and discussed the potential scope of a fourth phase ... The second phase focused on poverty reduction, job creation, waste management, industrial school modernization, and technical education complexes .......

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The Times/The Sunday Times 26 May 2024
In March, barely two months into the job, Hernandez announced that pre-tax losses for 2023 were larger than expected, about £107 million, in part because of a major cyberattack ... He wasted no time getting started, leaving his job at AWS on January 16 and starting at Capita the following day ... First job....

A disillusioned Conservative asks: does any party deserve my vote?

AOL 25 May 2024
This would be a vote on principle – though, in practical terms, wasted ... Indeed, for a proper Conservative, a wasted vote would be one for the Conservative candidate ... Proper maintenance of roads is essential, and cold-tar patching just doesn’t do the job....

Veep inaugurates advanced medical waste treatment plant in U/W Region

Business Ghana 24 May 2024
The new plant, which is a com­bination of recycling and composting, a medical waste plant, a wastewater treatment plant, a research and tourism hub, and a waste recovery centre, is expected to generate significant employment opportunities, with 300 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs locally according to the waste entrepreneur....

Every small step toward waste reduction counts

The Manila Times 24 May 2024
EARLIER this month, I had the opportunity to give a brief discussion on the importance of living a zero-waste lifestyle during a Zero Waste Training and Workshop with a national government agency. Many people are unaware that living a zero-waste lifestyle contributes to environmental sustainability, resource conservation and pollution reduction....

Bawumia inaugurates innovative Medical Waste Management Plant in Wa

B & FT Online 23 May 2024
The new plant which is a combination of recycling and composting, a medical waste plant, a wastewater treatment plant, a research and tourism hub, and a waste recovery center is expected to generate significant employment opportunities, with 300 direct and 1,000 indirect jobs locally according to the waste entrepreneur....

Former WWE Manager Reveals Vince McMahon Once Made Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston Leave The Ring Then Redo The Match

Pinkvilla 23 May 2024
If a former WWE manager is to be believed, Vince McMahon once got so angry with a match of Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins that he made them leave the ring in the middle of the match. Read on to know the whole story. By ... follow us. share. In this Article ... He was serious about the job, and he wanted you to be serious ... He didn't waste any time." ... Shop Now ... ....

Cyclists are the Jeremy Corbyns of the road

The Spectator 23 May 2024
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