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General waste, also called residual waste, is material from businesses and households that cannot be recycled. It includes materials such as non-recyclable plastics, polythene, some packaging and kitchen scraps, etc.
What Is General Waste?
Office Waste – Paper, boxes, folders, which cannot be recycled.
Disposable cloth, paper, plastic, or glass items.
Decontaminated media or labware.
Styrofoam, bottles and cans which cannot be recycled.
Uncontaminated animal bedding.
General Waste refers to waste classified as non-hazardous and can be defined as waste that does not pose an immediate threat to humans or the environment.
General Waste includes:
Household and domestic waste
Dry industrial or commercial waste
Small volumes of hazardous materials such as batteries, fluorescent tubes and paint sludge usually end up in domestic waste and become included in general waste operations, but are not strictly part of the definition of ’General Waste’. This is permissible within reason.