General Waste

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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
  • Builder’s rubble
  • Garden 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.

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