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Waste Streams

Classifying Waste: Material Or Source?

Our society consumes and discards a wide range of materials during day to day activity. Waste is managed through streams of either the waste material's characteristics or its source (how the waste is generated). For information on how the Western Australian Government defines different wastes click here.

Classes Of Sources

Managing waste streams by the waste source is the most commonly used method of waste management by Local Government.

Some of the common waste classifications based on the source of the waste include:

Classes Of Materials

Waste can also be categorised by its characteristics. For example, if the waste is hazardous to human health or the environment. Or if there is a large amount of the same type of waste.

Common waste streams managed by waste characteristics rather than its source include: