waste matter

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Noun1.waste matter - any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwantedwaste matter - any materials unused and rejected as worthless or unwanted; "they collect the waste once a week"; "much of the waste material is carried off in the sewers"
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
dross, impurity - worthless or dangerous material that should be removed; "there were impurities in the water"
exhaust, exhaust fumes, fumes - gases ejected from an engine as waste products
body waste, excrement, excreta, excretory product, excretion - waste matter (as urine or sweat but especially feces) discharged from the body
filth, skank, crud - any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant
sewage, sewerage - waste matter carried away in sewers or drains
effluent, sewer water, wastewater - water mixed with waste matter
food waste, garbage, refuse, scraps - food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)
pollutant - waste matter that contaminates the water or air or soil
rubbish, trash, scrap - worthless material that is to be disposed of
slop - (usually plural) waste water from a kitchen or bathroom or chamber pot that has to be emptied by hand; "she carried out the sink slops"
toxic industrial waste, toxic waste - poisonous waste materials; can cause injury (especially by chemical means)
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"I think all dogs should be kept on leads and waste matter picked up and deposited in the bins provided."
I'm sure that the children in our public schools who are now using the recycled armchairs will be greatly inspired to learn if they realize that waste matter can be turned into gold.
Slag is stony waste matter separated from metals during the smelting of ore.
We then process it in the first stage of the machine, which is the macerator which chops up the organic waste matter into a usable size.
When the storm water system overflows, it becomes contaminated with waste matter and you end up with raw, untreated sewage being washed up on the beach.
"Friendly" bacteria in the septic tank are necessary for the decomposition of solid waste matter. Laundry chemicals can kill these bacteria, causing the system to become clogged with undissolved solids.
The river also collects waste matter from sugar refineries, distilleries, pulp and paper mills, and tanneries, apart from contaminated agricultural runoff from the rice bowl of Northern India.
Due to these characteristics, this waste matter could be considered as a potential source of useful and healthy components.
Preliminary studies have indicated that Saudi Arabia currently recycles around 10 per cent of waste matter, with 90 per cent disposed through landfill sites, causing damage to the environment, and not making full use of the potential of recyclable materials, a Saudi Press Agency (SPA) report said.
Preliminary studies have indicated that the Kingdom currently recycles around 10 percent of recyclable waste matter, with 90 percent disposed through landfill sites, causing damage to the environment.
A balanced diet stops the build-up of waste matter and, in turn, of tartar.

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