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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Can the New York Times crack London?

New Statesman 19 Oct 2021
But the New York Times thinks it can, and is increasing its already hefty presence in the UK by recruiting more “live” news, graphics and visual editors ... Another new recruit is Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, former editor-in-chief of gal-dem.com, a UK media company created to “tell stories of people of colour from marginalised genders”....

Nebraska basketball's scrimmages can't come soon enough for the Huskers

Omaha World-Herald 19 Oct 2021
Jimmy Watkins. Husker coach Fred Hoiberg gives an update on the Nebraska men's basketball team ahead of scrimmages. LINCOLN — When Fred Hoiberg played at Iowa State in the ‘90s, he looked forward to the first day of practice ... Joel Makovicka ... They don’t waste any movement, Breidenbach said ... 2023 recruits leave Lincoln impressed with Nebraska basketball ... ....

More talents in primary education a positive trend

China Daily 18 Oct 2021
The news attracted a lot of discussions online, with many saying that PhDs recruited as middle school teachers were a waste of talent. Actually this is not the first time that PhDs have been recruited in the primary education system ... Recruiting more talents to the primary education system should be a trend....

Mattress Recycling Council's Rhode Island Program Eclipses 500,000 Recycled Mattresses

Johnson City Press 18 Oct 2021
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct ... Since its 2016 launch, MRC has recruited municipal transfer stations, waste haulers, nonprofit organizations, mattress retailers, hotels, universities, and hospitals to divert their discarded mattresses to recycling ... "This program is also conserving valuable resources and supporting green jobs." ... CONTACT. Amanda Wall ... .......
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A banner thanking key workers and NHS staff during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic in Belfast, UK

NHS England hospitals having to rely on ‘obsolete’ imaging equipment

The Observer 18 Oct 2021
It also found that X-ray equipment dating back to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s is being used in the NHS in England ... A separate report published by the RCR on Wednesday predicted that the NHS could waste £420m by 2030 if it continues with expensive outsourcing and overseas recruitment to plug the UK’s shortage of radiologists and clinical oncologists ... ....

USecAF gets firsthand look at AETC’s values-based approach to foundational readiness

Enid News & Eagle 15 Oct 2021
People asked why I chose to visit recruiting as part of my first trip in this position,” Jones told the AFRS team ... “We don’t have the time or talent to waste,” Jones added while commending the team for achieving service-wide recruiting goals across all three components (active duty, guard and reserve) for the first time in five years....

Back 4 Blood Review

IGN Insider 15 Oct 2021
It's essential to sift through every card you come across while out scavenging in levels, too, because attempting Back 4 Blood's more challenging difficulties are a waste without them ... recruit, veteran, and nightmare. My group initially chose recruit to find our footing, and we knew it was too easy before long....

Scotland's Schoeman expects SA teams to become formidable URC contenders

Supersport 14 Oct 2021
... for Scotland and Scotland coach Gregor Townsend, who has already profited from the services of several South African born players such as Duhan van der Merwe and has also now successfully recruited Sharks flank Dylan Richardson, wasted little time in calling Schoeman up....

Mayor and city commission candidate surveys

Independent Record 10 Oct 2021
In addition to police and fire, water and sewer, solid waste disposal, streets and sidewalks, employee recruitment and retention, and fiscal integrity, the boiler plate issues our commission must proactively address, I will prioritize ... This includes water, solid waste, public safety and streets, among other things....

As fall baseball begins at LSU, new coach Jay Johnson harps on 'very basic fundamentals ...

Marietta Daily Journal 08 Oct 2021
Oct. 8—When it comes to revamping the LSU baseball program, Jay Johnson is taking his time in some places. In others, there is no time to waste. Johnson brought in the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation this summer, ... ....

Pune civic body to have country’s first sanitary waste recycling project

Indian Express 07 Oct 2021
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to set up the country’s first sanitary waste recycling project through an environment-friendly scientific method ... StudyUNDP and PCMC join hands to improve healthcare service, process to recruit investors beginsPune civic body to have country’s first sanitary waste recycling projectClick here for more....

Boris Johnson brushes off UK woes, vows to transform economy

NewstalkZB 07 Oct 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson shrugged off Britain's problems of empty gas pumps, worker shortages and gaps on store shelves as he told fellow Conservatives on Wednesday that the U.K ...It’s a complete and utter waste,” said farmer Meryl Ward, who urged the government to recruit European butchers to ease the crisis ... economy.” ... ....

IT searches at homes of sugar mill directors ‘close to Ajit Pawar’

Indian Express 07 Oct 2021
Stay updated with the latest Pune news ... Ajit Pawar ... StudyUNDP and PCMC join hands to improve healthcare service, process to recruit investors beginsPune civic body to have country’s first sanitary waste recycling projectClick here for more ... Tags ... Live Blog ... Week on, no arrestKarnataka CM’s Rs 81-crore lake rejuvenation plan wasteful expenditure....