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Waste are unwanted or unusable materials. Waste is any substance discarded after primary use, or is worthless, defective and of no use. A by-product, by contrast is a joint product of relatively minor economic value. A waste product may become a by-product, joint product or resource through an invention that raises a waste product's value above zero.

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Organizations relating to Waste

Zero Waste International Alliance / Est. 2003
International Society for Construction with Alternative Materials / Leuven, Belgium / Est. 1992
Secretariat of the Basel Convention / Geneva, Switzerland
International Waste Working Group / Hamburg, Germany / Est. 2002
Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches / Washington DC, USA / Est. 2003
World EOD Foundation / Watford, UK
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum / Washington DC, USA / Est. 2003
Earthlife Africa / Dalbridge, South Africa / Est. 1988
Institute for Zero Waste in Africa / Cape Town, South Africa
International Research Group on Refuse Disposal
Zero Waste MENA / Cambridge, UK / Est. 2013
Freecycle Network / Tucson AZ, USA / Est. 2003
PepsiCo Foundation / Purchase NY, USA
International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Treatment and Use of Sewage Sludge / Est. 1979
Protocol to Amend the 1910 Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law Relating to Assistance and Salvage at Sea / Est. 1967
Supplementary Convention Amending the Convention Concerning the Tenure and Disposal of Real and Personal Property / Est. 1936
Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal / Est. 1999
Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous Wastes and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific / Est. 1995
Convention Relating to the Salvage of Torpedoes / Est. 1934
Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management / Est. 1997
Protocol on the Control of Marine Transboundary Movements and Disposal of Hazardous Wastes / Est. 1998
Regional Agreement on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes / Est. 1992
Convention Relative à la Collecte, au Dépôt et à la Réception des Déchets Survenant en Navigation Rhenane et Intérieure / Est. 1996
Protocol on the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal / Athens, Greece / Est. 1996
Integrated Waste Management Network / Brussels, Belgium
Priority Waste Streams Programme
EEC Committee on Waste Management / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 1976
European Community Waste Management Organization
International Toxic Waste Action Network
African Research Network for Agricultural Byproducts / Est. 1980
Regional Network of Management and Utilization of Wastes
Caribbean Solid Waste Association
Red Panamericana de Manejo Ambiental de Residuos / Est. 1990
Special Committee on Toxic Waste Disposal / Est. 1984
International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
International Conference on Biological Waste as Resource / Est. 2014
International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management
International Conference on Clays in Natural and Engineered Barriers for Radioactive Waste Confinement / Est. 2002
Race for Water Foundation / Lausanne, Switzerland / Est. 2010
International Salvage Union / London, UK / Est. 1926
NGO Shipbreaking Platform / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 2005
International Tyre, Rubber and Recycling Federation / Est. 1958
Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa / Roodepoort, South Africa
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives / Berkeley CA, USA / Est. 2000
European Former Foodstuff Processors Association / Brussels, Belgium / Est. 2014
International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons / Berlin, Germany / Est. 2003
International Food and Agribusiness Management Association / Corvallis OR, USA / Est. 1990
European Litter Prevention Association / Brussels, Belgium

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World Problems relating to Waste

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Contaminated animal feed
Space debris
Water pollution from fish production
Effluents from animal husbandry
Wastage of highly skilled personnel in the routine maintenance of complex systems
Inadequate facilities for disposal of nuclear warheads
Long-term shortage of metalliferous ores and metal scrap
Inadequate disposal of female sanitary protection
Inadequate collection of batteries
Inadequate packaging of food products
Environmental hazards of decommissioned nuclear power plants
Sunlight inhibition by nuclear warfare soot
Accumulation of pollutants in marine wildlife
Oil spillage
Proliferation of telemarketing
Vulnerability of children to pesticide residues in food
Inadequate disposal of hospital waste
Misuse of agricultural resources for production of animal feed
Electronic waste
Corruption and mismanagement of foreign aid
Spoilage of agricultural products
Dumping of consumer waste products
Bioaccumulation of toxic substances
Prepared food spoilage in storage

Action Strategies relating to Waste

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Developing conventions on transboundary movement of hazardous waste
Harmonizing transport of dangerous goods
Controlling transboundary movement of hazardous waste
Reprocessing spent nuclear fuel
Expanding knowledge resources on health implications of hazardous wastes
Landfilling wastes
Developing sustainable landfill practices
Recycling materials
Creating waste recycling structures
Reducing amount of electronic scrap
Recycling motor vehicles
Recycling packaging
Recycling paper
Managing plastic wastes
Preparing environmental guidelines for safe discharge of waste
Ensuring safe management of radioactive wastes
Using criteria for safe management of solid waste
Reducing waste
Achieving growth with less energy, materials and harmful wastes
Recycling plastics
Creating domestic waste recycling schemes
Strengthening cradle-to-grave environmental impact assessment of hazardous waste
Collecting wastes
Managing urban wastes
Extending waste management services to the unserved urban poor

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