Let’s Talk Trash!

LET’S TALK TRASH – A glossary of waste collection terms
If you really want to talk trash, you have to know the lingo. Here are some commonly used terms used in the waste collection industry.

BULK ITEMS:
Those items of furniture, such as couches, chairs, tables, bookshelves, carpets and other large items, which cannot reasonably be placed in a standard garbage cart.

CONSTRUCTION & DEMOLITION MATERIALS:
Waste materials generated by the construction, repair, demolition or remodeling of residential, commercial or other structures.

COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE:
All garbage and other waste generated by a commercial premises excluding hazardous waste.

COMPOSTING:
The process of combining organic matter (leaves, “green” food waste) and waiting for the materials to break down into humus after a period of weeks or months. Compost can be rich in nutrients and can be used for landscaping, horticulture, and agriculture.

E-WASTE (ELECTRONIC WASTE):
Discarded electrical or electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, TVs, etc.

GARBAGE:
Solid waste consisting of putrescible animal and vegetable waste materials resulting from the handling, preparation, cooking and consumption of food, including waste materials from markets, storage facilities, handling and sale of produce and other farm products.

HAZARDOUS WASTE:
Any solid or liquid waste identified or listed as a hazardous waste by any state agency or the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

RECYCLABLE MATERIALS:
Materials generated by residential premises, consisting of newspapers, aluminum and bimetal cans, HDPE plastic milk jugs, and PET plastic soft drink containers.

RESIDENTIAL SOLID WASTE:
All garbage and rubbish generated by a residential premises, excluding automobile parts, tires, c and d materials, yard waste, white goods, hazardous waste, or other unacceptable materials.

RUBBISH:
Non-putrescible solid waste consisting of paper, rags, cardboard, cartons, wood, rubber, plastics, glass, crockery, metal cans or other such waste.

TRANSFER STATION:
Metro Transfer Stations accept garbage and recycling for a fee.

SPECIAL WASTE:
Waste requiring profiling, customized handling, heightened safety measures and/or unique disposal practices. Examples include non-hazardous sludge materials, contaminated soils, ash and biosolids.

WHITE GOODS:
Domestic Appliances including: Refrigerators, freezers, ranges, washers, dryers, water heaters and more.

YARD TRASH:
Vegetative materials from the maintenance of yards, lawns and landscaping at residential premises including leaves, brush, grass clippings, shrub and tree prunings, and more.

*NOTE* G.I. Junk Removal can help you with all of these items in the Portland Metro Area EXCEPT Hazardous Waste.

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