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WASTE

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French Equivalent: Résidus

Definition:
Waste refers to materials that are not prime products (that is, products produced for the market) for which the generator has no further use in terms of his/her own purposes of production, transformation or consumption, and of which he/she wants to dispose.

Context:
Wastes may be generated during the extraction of raw materials, the processing of raw materials into intermediate and final products, the consumption of final products, and other human activities. Residuals recycled or reused at the place of generation are excluded.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Biological waste
Household waste
Industrial wastes
Solid waste

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 17, 2003