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Table 1 List of definitions of waste

From: Rethinking waste as a resource: insights from a low-income community in Accra, Ghana

Organization Definition Source
Eionet Waste includes all items that people no longer have any use for, which they either intend to get rid of or have already discarded. Wastes are such items which people are required to discard, for example by lay because of their hazardous properties.
Full cycle Waste, or rubbish, trash, junk, garbage, depending on the type of material is an unwanted or undesired material or substance. It consists of unwanted materials left over from a manufacturing process or from community and household activities.
Basel convention Wastes are substances or objects which are disposed or are intended to be disposed or are required to be disposed of by the provisions of national laws.
UN Statistics Division Wastes are materials that are not prime products (that is products produced for the market) for which the generator has no further use in terms of his/her own purposes of production, transformation or consumption, and of which he/she wants to dispose
EU Waste is any substance or object which the holder discards or is required to discard
OECD Wastes are materials other than radioactive materials intended for disposal
UNEP Wastes are substances or objects, which are disposed of or are intended to be disposed of or are required to be disposed of by the provisions of national law
European EPA Waste is any substance, which constitutes scrap materials or any effluent or other unwanted surplus substance arising from the application of a process or any substance or article, which requires to be disposed of as being broken, worn-out, contaminated or otherwise spoiled.
Institute of safety Professionals (Nigeria) Waste is when something is no longer useful to the owner or it is used of fails to fulfill its purpose.