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Glossary


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Waste

 

Any superfluous by-product, emission, residue or remainder of any process or activity.

 
Waste management

 

A control system to limit, collect and dispose of waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly way through clear policies and environmental standards, e.g. reducing plastic packets.

 
Weed species

 

Plants that threaten human welfare by competing with other plants that have food, timber or amenity value.

 
Wetland

 

Area of marsh, fen, peatland, bog or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water to a depth at low tide that does not exceed 6 metres.

 
Wind energy

 

Energy harnessed from the wind at wind farms and converted to power. See also wind turbine.

 
World heritage site

 

A natural site that is internationally recognised as very important for the conservation of biodiversity, e.g. a habitat for plants or animals that are in danger of dying out. World heritage sites are often used as areas for ecotourism to create jobs.