What is waste?Residual matter is generated with the majority of production and consumption processes. Parts of these end up in the environment as discharges into the air, water or soil. What remains are waste materials, or simply waste.
Impact for man and environmentWaste production means a loss of raw materials and energy. The storage, transportation and processing of waste furthermore causes environmental damage and pollution. To limit this environmental damage waste must be prevented insofar as possible and must be managed in the most environmentally-friendly way.