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biodegrad­able made of ma­te­rial which will nat­u­rally de­cay rel­a­tively quickly be­cause of the ac­tion of bac­te­ria on it: Veg­etable waste is biodegrad­able. car­ton a con­tainer made from light­weight card­board or plas­tic in which cer­tain food or drink is sold: Jo went to the shop to get a car­ton of milk.

con­ser­va­tion the act of pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing some­thing, es­pe­cially the en­vi­ron­ment: Con­ser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment must be taken se­ri­ously if fu­ture gen­er­a­tions are to sur­vive.

de­com­pose to be bro­ken down by the ac­tion of bac­te­ria, to rot or de­cay: We left the veg­etable waste to de­com­pose on the com­post heap in the gar­den. dis­as­ter (of­ten used loosely in an ex­ag­ger­ated way) also means a very bad or dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion that has un­pleas­ant con­se­quences: It would be a dis­as­ter for the whole fam­ily if Jim were to lost his job. 2 some­thing that is ex­tremely un­suc­cess­ful: The firm’s at­tempt to ex­pand was a dis­as­ter. dis­as­trous 1 (of­ten used loosely in an ex­ag­ger­ated way) also means very bad with un­pleas­ant con­se­quences 2 ex­tremely un­suc­cess­ful dis­pose of to get rid of some­thing that you do not want: Jill is dis­pos­ing of all her old clothes to make room for new ones. dis­posal the act or process of dis­pos­ing of some­thing: Bins are pro­vided out­side the shop for the dis­posal of food wrap­pings. ecol­ogy the re­la­tion­ship be­tween hu­man, an­i­mal and plant life and its en­vi­ron­ment or the study of this: Bob has al­ways been in­ter­ested in is­sues af­fect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and now wishes to study ecol­ogy at univer­sity. ef­flu­ent waste ma­te­rial in the form of liq­uid dis­charged from a sewage works, fac­tory, etc: Ef­flu­ent from the sewage works is be­ing dis­charged un­treated into the sea. en­ergy 1 a sup­ply or source of power, such as elec­tri­cal power, so­lar power, etc: So­lar en­ergy. New power sta­tions are be­ing built to pro­duce nu­clear en­ergy. 2 abil­ity and power to be ac­tive so that you are able to work, get things done, etc 3 live­li­ness and en­thu­si­asm en­vi­ron­ment the ex­ter­nal sur­round­ings in which peo­ple, an­i­mals and plants live: The use of mod­ern chem­i­cals can harm the en­vi­ron­ment. green con­cerned with the pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment: Man­u­fac­tur­ers of house­hold fur­ni­ture are be­ing urged to use green ma­te­ri­als as much as pos­si­ble. land­fill site a place where waste ma­te­rial is buried un­der lay­ers of earth, of­ten be­ing ex­ca­vated es­pe­cially for this pur­pose: The old tin quarry has be­come a land­fill site. mon­i­tor to check some­thing at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals in or­der to find out any changes or de­vel­op­ments: Doc­tors are mon­i­tor­ing the pa­tient’s con­di­tion. nu­clear waste the ra­dioac­tive waste which is left af­ter an in­dus­trial nu­clear process has been com­pleted: Some ex­perts are wor­ried in case nu­clear waste cause health prob­lems, such as some forms of can­cer. pack­ag­ing the ma­te­ri­als in which ob­jects are wrapped be­fore they go on sale: Fancy pack­ag­ing some­times costs more than the prod­uct which it con­tains. peel­ings plu­ral piece of fruit or veg­etable skin that are cut off as be­ing un­wanted: She peeled the ap­ple and left the peel­ings on the ta­ble. pol­lu­tion the act or process of caus­ing some­thing, such as the en­vi­ron­ment, air or water to be­come dirty, harm­ful or un­fit for use: The air pol­lu­tion in the city is be­ing blamed on the large num­ber of cars. re­cy­cle to put ma­te­rial or an ob­ject through some kind of process that al­lows it to be used again: Pa­per can eas­ily be re­cy­cled and so you should not burn news­pa­pers. re­cy­clable of ma­te­rial, can be re­cy­cled: The shop is try­ing to use waste car­rier bags which are re­cy­clable.

1. un­wanted been used: ma­te­rial The waste which from re­mains the small af­ter fac­tory some­thing was be­ing has il­le­gally thrown into an old quarry.

2. un­nec­es­sary, ex­trav­a­gant, wrong or un­wise use of some­thing: It was a waste of time go­ing to see that film; it was very bor­ing. waste to use some­thing in an un­nec­es­sary, ex­trav­a­gant, wrong or un­wise way: You’ll be wast­ing your time if you wait for Jean; she said she’s not com­ing. waste dis­posal the act or process of get­ting rid of waste: New meth­ods of waste dis­posal must be found to get rid of un­wanted goods made from plas­tic.

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