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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People: Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers; Kaizen Consulting; Force24; and more

The Business Desk 26 Nov 2021
“We already have a solid pipeline of work secured for 2022 and we’re now looking to grow our team further, recruiting both civil and structural engineers as well as technicians, so Gareth and Paul’s promotions come at an exciting time, as we embark on our next phase of growth.”....

Editorial Roundup: New England

Hastings Tribune 26 Nov 2021
Portland Press Herald. November 21, 2021. Editorial. Local zoning drives high housing costs around Maine ... These burdensome regulations force some Mainers to waste their time and energy on long commutes and make it harder for employers to recruit and retain employees ... The commission is finalizing its report to the Legislature next month ... Editorial ... 30 ... END....

Hulking Austin Bruins defenseman Simmons-Fischer hopes to be 'part of something bigger' at St. Thomas

Post Bulletin 25 Nov 2021
The UST coaching staff was wasting no time in thinking of all the ways they can utilize the size and skills of their newest recruit ... Simmons-Fischer said he is proud to be a big part of the Tommies’ first full recruiting class at the Division I level ... of just a recruiting process....

Sierra Leonean migrants in Middle East: ‘Some used as sex workers, others as slaves’

The Irish Times 24 Nov 2021
Earlier this year, Sierra Leone’s government lifted a two-year ban on labour migration and overseas job recruitment, which was instituted because of the systemic exploitation and abuse of Sierra Leoneans who travelled abroad for work, particularly to the Middle East....

Women Entrepreneurs Receive Venture Capital Funding to Address Climate Crisis

The Salamanca Press 23 Nov 2021
Berrien explains that, "COI Energy is changing the face of energy with its digital energy management that detects and eliminates energy waste in buildings and repurposes that waste for good. We use machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict energy behaviors and make corrections to avoid waste."....

Second lab owned by scandal-hit testing company facing allegations of misconduct

The Independent 23 Nov 2021
New recruits at the lab, located in Loughborough, were never given formal training and Covid sample waste was not disposed of correctly, whistleblowers have told The Independent ... ....

Councillor on party hopping, fails to deliver on promises

Indian Express 23 Nov 2021
Also, there is no regular sweeping and waste removal from the green belts,” Joginder Singh said ... HPSC recruitment scam. VB team brings accused to HPSC office, oppn demands white paper on recruitment scamsAfter grenade blast, Punjab deputy CM orders more night patrollingSidhu inciting farmers over MSP to create unrest....

Today in 2020: Fabio Gama's signing is a waste of money - Ashitey Ollenu tells Kotoko

Ghana Web 18 Nov 2021
"Signing Fabio Gama is a waste of money, and it won't solve the problem in the team. Kotoko's recruitment is poor ... Fans are hoping that the Brazilian will help change the fortunes of the club this season but Ashitey Ollenu believes that Kotoko has wasted their money because the signing of Fabio Gama will not change anything at the club....

Biffa sees signs of driver shortage easing after rubbish collection delays

Irish Independent 18 Nov 2021
Waste collection giant Biffa has said there are signs the ... The group, which collects waste for more than 30 councils across the country, said it had hiked pay to retain and recruit drivers after suffering disruption to its services from a shortfall in drivers of its rubbish trucks....

Women and minorities are lost in engineering ‘brain drain’

The Times/The Sunday Times 18 Nov 2021
The report from Atkins, the consulting engineer, concludes that the profession is guilty of wasting talent and time spent training.Sponsored. Recruitment and ......

Bafana vs Ghana: Safa doubles down on accusations of match manipulation

Mail Guardian South Africa 18 Nov 2021
“It would take long for the balls to be back. When I went to the referee to tell him that the ballboys were soft, he didn’t want to hear anything about it but said he would rather book me for time-wasting ... To bolster its case, Safa recruited the services of Ace Ncobo, a firebrand former referee and one-time political opponent to Jordaan ...

Enrollment losses at MN colleges look even worse in year two of pandemic

Pioneer Press 17 Nov 2021
They’ve stopped visiting high schools that historically have supplied few students; added an enrollment confirmation step so they can stop wasting recruitment energy on committed students; and they’re referring rejected students to nearby community colleges, like South Central and Riverland....

Health Catalyst Partners with Datavant to Expand Access to Clinical Trials as a Care Option ...

HJ News 16 Nov 2021
SALT LAKE CITY and SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Catalyst, Inc. ("Health Catalyst," Nasdaq ... "Tremendous waste occurs from failing to recruit patients truly eligible for trials ... ×. Advertisement ... Increased access to health data will speed pre-trial feasibility, recruitment and patient eligibility confirmation ... About Datavant....