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Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 2:20 PM
Site: OpenLearn Create
Course: Urban Sanitation and Solid Waste Management (UrbanSanWaste_1.0)
Glossary: Glossary


something with the potential to cause harm, such as toxic chemicals or infectious material (1)

hazardous wastes

wastes that have the potential to cause substantial harm to public health and/or the environment (7)

healthcare waste

solid waste produced in health facilities (1)

heavy metals

group of toxic chemical pollutants that persist in the environment i.e. they do not break down by natural processes e.g. mercury, lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium and others (4)


worms that live as parasites in humans and other animals (2)

household hazardous waste

hazardous materials such as cleaning products, batteries and paint found in household waste (10)

household waste

solid waste produced by people in their homes; also known as ‘residential waste’ (1)


set of practices that help to keep people healthy and prevent the spread of disease (2)