Definition of Organic Waste

1. Organic waste is the remains of materials of animal and vegetable origin (waste, food leftovers, leaves, etc.) that do not have a direct function in nature. This material is also classified as organic or biodegradable waste, since it decomposes over time.

Etymology: waste, by Latin dissectsregarding the word undo, configured by the component des-, with Latin bases in dis-, ex-which refers to ‘take’, ‘throw’, in conjugation with the verb facerefrom ‘to do’.+ Organic, from Latin organecusthat ‘has life’, with respect to organumrooted in the form of the Greek ὄργανον (organon), in the biological framework, referring to parts of the body and their functionalities.

Grammatical category: masculine noun
in syllables: de-se-cho/s + or-ga-ni-co/s.

organic waste

A waste or garbage It’s that one material that is no longer needed and that you want to delete.

Garbage results from the development of the daily activities of human beings; In a good part of the actions that we human beings carry out, we generate some type of waste.

Waste that has a biological origin, from a plant, an animal, a food

Waste is classified according to its composition: organic wastewill be one that has a biological origin, that is, it once had life or was part of a living being, such is the case of the branches of trees, the leaves of trees and plants, the peels of different fruits and any residue that results from the preparation of food at home, in a restaurant, among others.

So, organic waste is all those elements that can be eliminated and that come from living beings.

They are exposed to a decomposition process and should be subjected to special treatment because they can carry diseases or some contaminant that affects the health of the environment and people.

Care that these wastes require to avoid contamination

They must be identified as such as long as they remain in the vicinity of the community, and furthermore, once they are identified, any type of plausible risk of coming into contact with them should be avoided.

When it comes to organic waste from hospitals, greater care is established and so it is that many times they are burned and once neutralized they will be deposited in garbage dumps in open skies and outside the city.


On many occasions, organic waste can be reused with the aim of obtaining some benefit from it; This process is known as recycling.

Among the most common variants, the use as fertilizer stands out, to feed some animals, and for the generation of energy.

Now, let’s remember and pay attention to the treatment given to this waste because, as we said, when handling is not appropriate, they can represent a concrete danger to the health of the planet.

One of the most common examples is when certain elements that can contaminate water are discarded, that element that we all consume and that, as we know, we must take care of because any polluting agent in it can cause serious illnesses or worse scenarios such as death.

Inorganic and hazardous waste

Then we meet the inorganic waste which are those that have a non-biological origin and come from industry or from any other process that is not natural, such as: plastics, fabrics.

And the hazardous wastewhich, as its name indicates, are highly harmful to the health of living beings, they can be biological or non-biological and due to the potential danger they pose, they must be handled with great care, for example: infectious material from a hospital , radioactive materials, chemical substances, among others.

Meanwhile, for waste or garbage there are places and containers, both in houses or apartments and on public roads, specially designed for this purpose, that is, to prevent garbage disposed anywhere from affecting our quality of life.

At home, at work, in hospitals, in schools, we know them as garbage or waste bins, which can be of various sizes, shapes and colors, depending on personal needs and preferences.

Once the bin or container is complete, it must be emptied in a place designated for this purpose, from where it will be removed by the waste collection company to finally deposit it in the corresponding places.

And on public roads, the governments or local administrations corresponding to each community have public, standardized containers; in large cities there is usually one on each corner so that passers-by can dispose of the garbage they produce in an organized manner and without dirtying and contaminating the public environment.

recycling promotion

The recycling of reusable waste is an action that in these times is encouraged by governments and specialized organizations because much of the garbage we generate can continue to be used for a higher purpose.

There is not yet a huge widespread awareness but people are beginning to pay more attention and dedicate their time to recycle the garbage they generate in their homes, separating that which can be used and in any case be recycled, and that which is useless and must be eliminated. definitely.