New to the Industry? Waste Management Definition of Terms You Should Know

Are you new to the industry? Then you’ll benefit from our waste management definition of terms so you can make the best decisions regarding your waste disposal.


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Air Pollution

There are several pollutants in the air which are harmful to plants, animals and sometimes humans. It’s also possible for air pollution to damage properties. That’s why recycling is so imperative, as it helps reduce the amount of air pollution in the air.



Bra-In is an intelligent system that allows you to collect data from your baler or your rubbish compacter. It can easily be integrated with other equipment and is the ideal investment for any business. You can automate your pick-ups depending on the fill level and experience better compaction overall.




Biodegradable materials are created when microorganisms can break materials down into much smaller compounds. Some examples here would include paper, towels, food waste and clothing.


Chemical Waste

Waste that contains or is made from any harmful chemicals is deemed as chemical waste. Many removal companies in the UK don’t collect any kind of waste that falls under this category for safety reasons.


Commercial Waste

Waste that’s generated by pubs, markets, factories, restaurants, hotels, warehouses and other commercial establishments.


Construction Waste

Any waste generated during construction or demolition falls under this category. Some waste examples would include timber, concrete, cement and also steel.


Duty of Care

When you work with a recycling solutions partner who disposes of your rubbish for you, they have to treat the general environment with consideration. They also need to follow health and safety regulations at all times.


Electronic Waste

This kind of waste includes microwaves, TVs and even computers. It requires a specific form of disposal.


Fully Automatic Balers

Fully automatic balers are suited to handling large amounts of waste and can either be loaded by hand or via an air system. It’s also possible to find ones that can be loaded via a conveyor as well. Compact systems are suited to those with little commercial space.


CC40V Fully Automatic Baler

CC40V Fully Automatic Baler



This is a disposal method many industries use to treat and break down any suitable waste. It’s then distributed into the environment through ash, water or air.


Inorganic Waste

Inorganic waste is anything composed of a material that isn’t deemed to be animal or plant matter. Some examples of this would include glass, dust and sand. A lot of synthetic materials also fall under this category as well.



A landfill is a way to dispose of refuse or rubbish. The way this disposal method works is straightforward. Waste is buried in deep, excavated pits. This is then covered with special fabric or soil. This waste disposal method is deemed safe for the environment, but recycling should be done where possible.


Material Recovery

A material recovery facility is used to split any recyclable materials. This can be done mechanically or manually. The waste can then be sorted into various categories. You usually have paper, metal, glass and plastic.


Polystyrene Compactors

Polystyrene compactors are versatile and can compact up to 220kg per hour. They’re designed to support automatic operation and EPS is broken down into fist-sized pieces.

SC2100 Polystyrene CompactorSC2100 Polystyrene Compactor


Portable Balers

Portable baler are an alternative to using skips for general waste.  They are recommended for non recyclable materials.

PCW16 Self Cleaning CompactorPCW16 Self Cleaning Compactor



Recyclables is a term used to describe items or products that can be reprocessed for manufacturing new products. The most common ones are aluminium, plastic, glass and paper.


Recycled Content

If something contains recycled content, it means a portion of it is made via recycled materials.



Refuse refers to any rubbish households have accumulated. It can refer to food items, green waste or paper.


Roller Press Jumbo Compactor

A roller press jumbo compactor comes with an open top so you can compact your waste with a load of up to 10 tonnes. It’s economical and suited to wholesale markets and councils.



With recycling, the waste is broken down into raw materials. However, reusing is a process where products aren’t categorised as waste and are used repeatedly for the original purpose.


Semi-Automatic Baler

Semi-automatic balers are ideal for helping you to process high amounts of waste. They allow you to produce high-quality, square bales, so you don’t need to worry about waste disposal.


GB50H 38TGB50H 38T


Standard Static Compactors

Standard static compactors are built to last and are suited to companies producing a medium amount of waste.



Vertical Balers

Vertical balers are suited to companies that produce low to medium volumes of waste. Vertical balers are suited to cardboard, polythene and plastic. Find out more about vertical balers here.

B30W BalerB30W Baler


Very Hazardous Waste

Waste that falls under this category may be incredibly harmful to either pets or humans. It’s also potentially very damaging to the environment. Waste being disposed of has to be done in a way that doesn’t cause health concerns to others.


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