If you have ever visited the website of a junk removal company, have dealt with them, or have heard professionals talking, you must have felt like listening to an alien language.
While we, at Junk Removal Phoenix, AZ, try to avoid using the complicated professional jargon on our website or while dealing with our customers, we know they are commonly used by many other companies. And we don’t want you to feel bad just because you don’t understand the meaning of a few professional terms. In order to help you out, we have put together a list of different types of waste. So, the next time you talk to a junk removal company, you know what to say if they ask what kind of waste you have.
Let’s take a look!
Different Types of Waste
The pile of useless, broken, leftover, or unwanted things that we call junk or trash is not the same for professional waste collectors. For them, every type of junk is different and requires different treatment after collection. Here's the nitty-gritty of the types of waste materials, as per professionals:
- Municipal Solid Waste – Everyday items that are thrown away by the people. Commonly called garbage or trash, this can consist of recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
- Post-Industrial Waste – Also known as pre-consumer waste or commercial waste, this category includes any items that are discarded by industries or are left behind after various industrial processes.
- Organic Waste – Biodegradable materials that come from plants, animals, and human beings. Food, wood and grass trimmings from gardens, paper, and human and animal waste.
- Hazardous Waste – Any item that poses a threat to the environment and animals or creates public health risks falls into this category. Most of the hazardous waste items are toxic, reactive, ignitable, or corrosive. Universal waste is a sub-category of hazardous waste for batteries, cathode ray tubes, fluorescent lamps, and mercury.
- White Goods – Large domestic appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, and water heaters.
- Special Waste – Any waste that requires specialized handling, precautionary measures, or a unique disposal system comes into the category of special waste. Bio-solids, ash, and contaminated soil are some of the examples of special waste.
- Recyclable Waste – Paper, plastic, aluminum, or any other item that can be made reusable or transformed into something else after processing is called recyclable waste.
- E-Waste – All discarded electronic or electrical devices, like cell phones, televisions, computers, and tablets.
Here we have discussed some of the most commonly used terms in the world of waste collection and junk removal. Now you know what junk removal professionals mean when they inquire about the waste materials you want them to pick up from your house.