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What is Refuse?

Refuse refers to both recyclable and non-recyclable materials. This term is often used interchangeably with waste, but refuse is a broad, overarching term that applies to anything that is leftover after it is used, while waste only refers to the leftovers that cannot be recycled.

Refuse has been an ongoing problem for humans. In the past, waste was limited to just items that could be left to decay like vegetable waste or reusable items such as metals. As society continued to develop, Refuse followed suit with the introduction of new materials, such as plastics and hazardous products, that can lead to environmental repercussions that can harm both animals and humans. While some Refuse can be reused or be composted, the remains can still find their way into landfills and be left to litter in the environment. This means that more will have to be done to keep Refuse under control.


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