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What Is Business Waste?

Factory pollution, a type of business waste.
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  • Written By: Malcolm Tatum
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 19 July 2014
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"Business waste" is a broad term used to describe the various types of waste products that are generated as part of the production process. The waste may be directly involved with the actual production, or be created as part of the overall functioning of the plant facility. In some instances, this business waste can be utilized in recycling processes that help to reduce the company’s impact on the local environment, or at least treated before the waste is introduced into landfills or bodies of water.

There are a number of classes or categories of business waste that may be produced as part of an ongoing company operation. Commercial waste is often defined at waste products that come about as part of the ongoing general operation of a business. For example, an office will have waste in the form of shredded copy paper, used printer cartridges, or even office equipment that is declared obsolete and is no longer needed. In some cases, this type of waste can be collected and recycled, preventing the discarded materials from ending up in a landfill.

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Industrial waste is another form of business waste. In this scenario, the waste is normally associated with a manufacturing process that results in the production of specific goods. Waste of this type may include chemicals left over from the production process, remnants of raw materials that cannot be reintroduced into the production cycle, or even something as simple as the sawdust that is created as part of a logging operation. With business waste of this type, the goal is often to minimize the creation of the waste and possibly treat it in some manner so that its impact on the environment is reduced. This sometimes means storing the waste in sturdy containers at remote storage facilities rather than dumping the materials in a landfill or a body of water.

Concerns about pollution and long-term effects on the environment have changed the way many people view business waste. To that end, many nations now have regulations in place that help to govern the disposal of waste products, and even sometimes provide incentives for companies to reduce the impact of the waste produced during the course of operation. This has sometimes led to increased efforts to repurpose or recycle waste products that were once considered worthless into other products that do provide some type of value. Measures of this type help to reduce some of the demand on natural resources as well as help to reduce the amount of waste that is collected and ultimately discarded in many communities.

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