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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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Hazardous Waste
Waste that poses a risk to human health or the environment and requires special disposal techniques to make it harmless or less dangerous. Hazardous waste can include a range of materials, such as asbestos, fridges and radioactive waste. Also called special waste.
 
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