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Rubbish, litter and remains

e-waste

noun

electronic equipment that has been thrown away

rubbish

noun

things that you throw away because they are no longer useful, such as old food, paper or plastic used for wrapping things, and empty containers

litter

noun

things such as pieces of paper that people have dropped on the ground in a public place, making it untidy

remains

noun

the part of something that is left after the rest has been finished, used, or destroyed

waste

adjective

waste substances are what is left of something after the valuable parts of it have been used

debris

noun

the broken pieces that are left when something large has been destroyed, especially by an explosion, fire, or accident

garbage

noun

rubbish that is to be thrown away

trash

noun

rubbish such as paper and plastic bags

ruin

noun

the parts of anything that are left after the rest of it has been destroyed

the remainder

noun

the part of something that is left after the rest has gone or been finished

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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