Hazardous waste

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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

A by-product or leftover product from processes that are harmful to human health or the environment and requires special disposal techniques to make it harmless or less dangerous (Symons 2000).Substances or objects which, because of their nature, composition, or quantity, are especially dangerous to health, air, or water quality, are explosive, flammable, or could promote infectious diseases (UN 1992)

Other Definitions


Interpretations and Explanations


Symons JM, Bradley LC Jr and Cleveland TC (2000) The Drinking Water Dictionary. American Water Works Association.United Nations (1992) Terminology Bulletin No 344 on Environment and Development

United Nations Multilingual Terminology Database

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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