What are the different types of waste generated?

The average person generates around 400 kg per year. That weighs around the same as the average horse. Multiply that by everyone who lives in England (56 million) and it’s 22 400 000 000 kilograms of waste that we’re generating per year. 


With recent efforts in making a positive impact on the environment, individuals all around the globe are looking for new innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste. Before looking at how to do any of this, it’s important to distinguish between the different types of waste so you know how to dispose of them. 


If you’re looking for a waste removal service, get in touch with Wasteaway, which provide all different types of waste removal across the whole of England.


So, let’s get into it, what are the different types of waste generated?


What are the different types of waste generated?




  • Liquid waste 
  • Solid waste
  • Organic waste
  • Recyclable waste
  • Hazardous waste


Liquid waste 


This waste, as the name suggests, is anything liquid. This type of waste is produced pretty much by everyone around the world. Liquids may include dirty water, organic liquids, wash water, water detergents and even rainwater. 


There are two different types of liquid waste, non-point source waste and point source waste. Point source waste includes any natural liquids whereas non-point source waste includes manufactured liquids.


Solid waste


Solid rubbish is the waste that is used all over the world by everyone and contains an array of different items. 


Some of the common types of solid waste are: 


  • Plastic waste – This can be plastic bags, bottles and other items. Plastic does not biodegrade well, taking up to 1000 years to break down, however, you can recycle many types of plastic. You should always put plastic in the recycling bin and shouldn’t mix it with other types of waste. 
  • Paper and cardboard – This includes newspapers, books, cardboard food coverings and more. Paper and cardboard are easily recyclable, so you should always put this in the recycling bin. 
  • Tins and metals – The majority of metals can be recycled, so make sure that you are checking the labelling on the packaging and disposing of it correctly. 
  • Glass and ceramics – Glass can be easily recycled, but you need to put it in specific bins. You can look for bins that are there specifically for recycling glass. These can usually be found in retail parks, community centres and elsewhere. 


If you are having a big clear out and have a lot of solid waste, give Wasteaway a call today.


Organic waste 


Organic waste composes of garden waste, food waste, manure and rotten meat. As time passes by, microorganisms decompose the waste until it eventually turns into compost. In this process, the organic waste also produces methane, which can be converted and used as biogas, which can fuel transport and energy in homes. If you have a garden, you can put your organic waste aside to put on a compost heap where you will eventually be able to use it as soil for your flowers. 


If you have too much organic waste from a gardening project, Wasteaway can take it away for you and use it in a green way.


Recyclable rubbish


Recyclable items are items that can be transformed into something new by using the same material. Recyclable rubbish usually includes paper, metals, furniture and organic waste. You should always place recyclable materials in a separate bin so they don’t end up going to landfill sites. If the item is recyclable, the packaging should have a clear recycling label which looks like this- ♻️


Hazardous waste


Hazardous waste is rubbish that is classed as harmful to the environment, or harmful to humans. This usually consists of waste that is toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive. We recommend discussing this with a waste company like Wasteaway, where this waste can be properly disposed of without harming the environment or yourself. 


If you have a lot of waste that you need to dispose of but want it to be disposed of in the right way, take a look at Wasteaway’s website today.


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