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Waste stream

Describes the total flow of solid waste from homes, businesses, institutions, and manufacturing plants that must be recycled, burned, or disposed of in landfills; or any segment thereof, such as the residential waste stream or the recyclable waste stream.

The total waste produced by a community or society, as it moves from origin to disposal. The controlled decomposition of organic food waste and yard trimmings in urban, suburban, and rural backyards which produce nutrient-rich topsoil. Backyard Composting is considered waste source reduction, not recycling because the composted materials never enter the municipal waste stream. See Waste Management


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