Waste Stream

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Definition - What does Waste Stream mean?

A waste stream is the complete flow of waste, whether it is from domestic or industrial sources. Each waste stream represents the life cycle of waste from its source up until and including its eventual disposal. Recycling may be used to lessen the waste stream load as it moves down the line. In addition to environmental hazards, a liquid waste stream can contribute to the formation of microbiologically influenced corrosion.

Corrosionpedia explains Waste Stream

Waste streams can be divided into two main types, streams made up of raw materials and those made up of finished products (such as electronic waste or end-of-life vehicles) that require specific treatment and ultimately add to materials-related streams.

Each of the various waste streams may go through different processes from their source to recovery (recycling or disposal), and possess different characteristics that determine their treatment method, hazard level and recycling possibilities.

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