Waste management involves the collection, removal, processing and disposal of materials considered to be waste (waste materials are usually generated through human activities and can be solid, gaseous, liquid and may even be considered hazardous). There are eight major groups of waste management methods including, source reduction and reuse, animal feeding, recycling, composting, fermentation, landfills, incinceration and land application. Unlike most other types of waste, hazardous waste (biomedical materials, radioactive material, etc.) requires special handling (e.g., placing vats of waste in a secure site deep underground) and is usually frought with controversy. Waste collection methods vary widely among different countries and regions and are often provided by logal government authorities, or by private companies.
Common Waste Management job titles: Plant Maintenance Technician, Waste Driver, Landfill Laborer, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, Heavy Equipment Operator