Waste can be described in several ways. It is defined in the law as “any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard” (Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC).
Simply put, waste is an item that is thrown away because it is no longer useful or required by its owner. Our section on recycling shows that quite a lot of what we throw away can actually be recycled or reused by others. Waste is generated on a daily basis and if not properly managed can affect our health and the quality of the environment.
The key types of waste are household waste, industrial waste, clinical waste and hazardous waste. These are managed and regulated in different ways.
This section of the website provides information on how to handle waste responsibly and in accordance with the law. Select a topic by using the left sidebar.