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What is Waste?

Waste is something that is thrown away because it is no longer useful. Items should only be considered Waste if they cannot be recycled. Generally, Waste is disposed of by curbside collection or personal delivery to a landfill where it can be properly handled so it cannot contaminate groundwater or harm the surrounding environment.

The amount of Waste being produced is a growing problem that affects not only the environment but also humans. If not disposed of properly, Waste can contaminate water and be absorbed by fish and other aquatic life. This contamination spreads into the food chain and can reach humans, affecting our health. People are affected by water pollution directly, especially in communities that rely on well water as a supply source. Recycling and proper management of Waste removal are essential to curb the growing waste problem and allow us to live sustainably.

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Other Sources

"Contaminants in the Environment.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. May 29, 2015. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/observations/contam/. Accessed May 12, 2016.

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. “Water Contamination.” August 5, 2015. https://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=6A7FB7B2-1. Accessed May 12, 2015.