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GLOSSARY WASTE AND RECYCLING A-Z

Hazardous Waste: Any waste that poses a substantial threat to human health or the environment. Examples include chemicals, pesticides, batteries, and medical waste.
Non-hazardous Waste: Waste that is not considered hazardous and does not pose a threat to human health or the environment. Examples include food waste, paper, and plastics.
Incineration: The process of burning waste to reduce its volume and convert it into ash and gases. This process is often used for hazardous waste.
Landfill: A site designed for the final disposal of solid waste. Waste is buried in the ground and covered with soil to reduce odor and prevent pests.
Pollution: The introduction of harmful substances or products into the environment. Pollution can be caused by waste and other human activities.
Recycling: The process of transforming waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials.
Sustainability: The ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Waste Reduction: The process of reducing the amount of waste generated through source reduction, recycling, composting, and other methods.
Waste-to-Energy: The process of generating electricity or heat by burning waste. This can be done through incineration or using thermal technologies.

Last update: January 2024

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