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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.

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Baled
When materials such as cans, paper and plastic bottles are collected for recycling, they are first sorted and then baled. This means that they are put into large packages (bales) and bound together for transportation.
Best Practicable Environmental Option (BPEO)
The Best Practicable Environmental Option procedure establishes the waste management option, or mix of options, that provides the most benefits or the least damage to the environment as a whole, at acceptable cost, in the long term as well as in the short term. It takes into account the total impact of a process and the technical possibilities for dealing with it.
Biodegradable Municipal Waste
The portion of Municiapl Solid Waste that can be broken down by a natural process of decomposition with bacteria and other micro-organisms. Includes food waste, garden waste, paper and card.
Biodegradable Waste
Waste that can be broken down by a natural process of decomposition with bacteria and other micro-organisms. Biodegradable waste includes garden waste and food waste. Also called green waste or organic waste.
Bottle Bank
See Recycling Point.
Bring Site
See Recycling Point.
 
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