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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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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
DEFRA works for the essentials of life - food, air, land, water, people, animals and plants. Their remit is the pursuit of sustainable development. Visit www.DEFRA.gov.uk for more information.
Do A Little Change A Lot (DALCAL)
DALCAL is the national environmental campaign run by the Scottish Executive. It is an awareness campaign that aims to raise the profile of key environmental issues and convert this to behavioural change over time.
Dry Recyclates
Dry waste materials that can be recycled and are often collected together at the kerbside, for example, cans, cardboard, glass, paper, plastic bottles and textiles.
Duty of Care
The duty of care is a law that requires industry to take all reasonable steps to keep waste safe. All waste handlers must be authorised to transport and recycle or dispose of waste safely. The duty of care applies to any company that produces or imports, keeps or stores, transports, treats or disposes of waste.
 
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