Sustainable Development Indicator Group

Working Draft Framework, Version 2, June 4, 1996

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3.1.3 Waste Production

Definition: The production of unwanted materials as a by-product of economic processes.

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Waste Production Categories: Discharges into Water: The release of unwanted waste material into water systems. This includes point discharges, such as sewer pipes, and distributed discharges, such as fertilizer runoff. (Definition Source: None) Emissions into Air: The release of unwanted waste into the air. This includes combustion by-products from cars, factories, and power plants. This also includes the release of volitiles from manufacturing processes. (Definition Source: None) Releases into Soils: The release of unwanted waste directly into or onto the soil. This includes industrial spills, fertilizer, etc. (Definition Source: None)