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Last updated: January 12, 2017

What Does Refuse Mean?

Refuse is the name often given to municipal or household waste material that cannot be reused and will instead be sent to a landfill. Also called trash or garbage, it's defining characteristic is that it is unwanted and no longer usable, unless it can be converted to another form through recycling or reclamation and repurposed. This happens through refuse reclamation.

Safeopedia Explains Refuse

Many kinds of refuse can be converted into something usable when reclaimed. There is, for example, refuse derived fuel that is created using different kinds of household waste after non-combustible materials like metal or glass are extracted. Some metals and glass can be recycled and repurposed as well. This is for the purpose of reducing pollution and aiding in the good care of our environment.


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