[ haz-er-duhs weyst ]
/ ˈhæz ər dəs ˈweɪst /
any industrial by-product or discarded commercial product that is potentially harmful to the environment or people and other living organisms because it is ignitable, corrosive, reactive, and/or toxic: You can’t throw these flammable old cans of paint thinner in with your regular trash—they need to be treated as hazardous waste.We are in compliance with all state regulations that pertain to the containment and disposal of hazardous wastes.
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Origin of hazardous waste
First recorded in 1945–50
Words nearby hazardous waste
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Scientific definitions for hazardous waste
[ hăz′ər-dəs ]
A used or discarded material that can damage the environment and be harmful to health. Hazardous wastes include heavy metals and toxic chemicals used in industrial products and processes as well as infectious medical wastes and radioactive materials such as spent nuclear fuel rods.
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