Refuse refers to any disposable materials, which includes both recyclable and non-recyclable materials. This term is often 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 leftovers that cannot be recycled.
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In the past, refuse was limited to just items that could be left to decay like vegetable scraps or reusable items such as metals. As society continued to develop, the composition of Refuse followed suit with the introduction of new materials, such as plastics and hazardous products, that can lead to environmental consequences 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 or pollute the environment and bodies of water. This means that more will have to be done to properly manage refuse to protect the environment.
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