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All of the living material in a given area; often refers to vegetation.


Buyback Center

Facility where individuals or groups bring recyclables in return for payment.



Small tank or storage facility used to store water for a home or farm; often used to store rain water.

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Commercial Waste

All solid waste emanating from business establishments such as stores, markets, office buildings, restaurants, shopping centers, and theaters.



A humus or soil-like material created from aerobic, microbial decomposition of organic materials such as food scraps, yard trimmings, and manure.

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Construction and Demolition (C&D)

Building materials and solid waste from construction, deconstruction, remodeling, repair, cleanup or demolition operations, in some cases these materials can be reused.

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Covered Load

A load that has been tied down or covered to prevent waste from falling, blowing or spilling out of the transport vehicle. (Click here to view example photo)

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Cathode Ray Tube (CRT)

Acronym for Cathode Ray Tube. CRTs are found in TV sets, computer monitors and medical/technical equipment. CRTs can no longer be disposed of on landfills and are categorized as Universal Waste. CRTs contain lead a hazardous substances used as shielding from dangerous electromagnetic emissions.

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Ecological Sustainability

Maintenance of ecosystem components and functions for future generations.



A community of animals and plants living together with it's environment.



The sum of all external conditions affecting the life, development and survival of an organism.

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Food Waste

Uneaten food and food preparation wastes from residences and commercial establishments such as grocery stores, restaurants, and produce stands, institutional cafeterias and kitchens, and industrial sources like employee lunchrooms.

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Global Warming

An increase in the near surface temperature of the Earth. Global warming has occurred in the distant past as the result of natural influences, but the term is most often used to refer to the warming predicted to occur as a result of increased emissions of greenhouse gases.

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Source reduction activities in which grass clippings are left on the lawn after mowing.


Greenhouse Gas

A gas, such as carbon dioxide or methane, which contributes to potential climate change.


Hard to Handle Waste

Items whose dimensions exceed four feet in either width, length or height, and which require special handling.



Garbage collection company that offers complete refuse removal service; many will also collect recyclables and green waste.

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Household Hazardous Waste

Hazardous products used and disposed of by residential as opposed to industrial consumers. Includes paints, stains, varnishes, solvents, pesticides, and other materials ro products containing volatile chemicals that can catch fire, react or explode, or that are corrosive or toxic.


Inert Waste

Concrete, bricks, asphalt, tiles, rock, gravel and dirt.



Sanitary landfills are disposal sites for non-hazardous solid wastes spread in layers, compacted to the smallest practical volume, and covered by material applied at the end of each operating day.


Liquid Waste

Residential and commercial septic tank waste, chemical toilet waste, grease trap waste and car wash clarifier pumpings.

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Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

A facility that processes collected mixed recyclables into new products available for market.


Medical Waste

Infectious agents such as human pathological wastes, human blood and blood products, used or unused sharps (syringes, needles, and blades), certain animal waste, and certain isolation waste.

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Post-Consumer Recycling

Use of materials generated from residential and consumer waste fro new or similar purposes; e.g. converting wastepaper from offices into corrugated boxes or newsprint.



Fees are proportionately assessed. i.e. if the load weighs 2½ tons, the charge would be 2½ times the per ton tipping fee.

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Pre-Consumer Materials/Waste

Materials generated in manufacturing and converting processes such as manufacturing scrap and trimmings and cuttings. Includes print overruns, over-issue publications, and obsolete inventories.

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Minimizing waste generation by recovering and reprocessing usable products or materials that might otherwise become waste (i.e. recycling of aluminum cans, paper, and bottles, etc.).

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Lessen, diminish or cut-down the amount of trash produced, materials consumed and resources used.


Residential Waste

Typically consists of domestic garbage and rubbish, including food and beverage containers, paper, food wastes, discarded home appliances, wood and green wastes.

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Using a product or component of municipal solid waste in its original form more than once; e.g., refilling a glass bottle that has been returned or using a coffee can to hold nuts and bolts.

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Special Handling

Requests for immediate burial or destruction of items while the landfill user observes the disposal activity.

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Uniform Handling

All residential and commercial customers subscribe to hauler-provided trash service.


Universal Waste

Low risk hazardous waste generated by a variety of people. This waste has three categories: CRTs, thermostats, batteries and lamps (fluorescent tubes, discharge lamps, mercury vapor lamps, batteries (not auto), and mercury thermostats.) This waste must be disposed of properly.


White Goods

Refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers, water heaters, dishwashers, trash compactors, air conditioners and similar items.


Wood Waste

Wood scraps, lumber, branches, pallets or similar woody materials that are suitable for grinding or possible reuse.

We have a glossary list of words to help you go green. We will continue to expand this list as we update the information. Please visit the following website for additional terms and definitions, many were obtained from the United States of America, Environmental Protection Agency.