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This glossary of terms was compiled from a wide range of sources and covers some of the most commonly used waste-related words and abbreviations.

Please select a letter from the A-Z index to find the definition of a term.

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Aerate
To expose to the air, for example, by turning compost to provide enough oxygen for micro-organisms to use in breaking down organic waste.
Aerobic
A process that uses oxygen, for example, composting that uses micro-organisms that require air to break down organic waste.
Aerobic Digestion
The breakdown of waste in the presence of oxygen.
Anaerobic
A process that does not use oxygen, for example, composting that uses micro-organisms that do not require air to break down organic waste.
Anaerobic Digestion
The breakdown of waste in the absence of oxygen. A waste treatment process where biodegradable waste is placed in an enclosed vessel and breaks down under controlled conditions.
Animal By-Products Regulation (ABPR)
Legislation governing the processing of wastes derived from animal sources to prevent cross contamination.
Area Waste Plan (AWP)
As part of the National Waste Strategy: Scotland, each Waste Strategy Area has produced an Area Waste Plan. This outlines how each area will develop more sustainable methods of waste management in order to reach the waste reduction and recycling targets set out in the EU Landfill Directive and Scotlandís National Waste Plan.
 
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