bio·​waste | \ ˈbī-ō-ˌwāst How to pronounce biowaste (audio) \

Definition of biowaste

: waste (such as manure, sawdust, or food scraps) that is composed chiefly of organic matter

Examples of biowaste in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Health officials say the cleanups are necessary to mitigate public hazards like biowaste and needles. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Salt Lake City residents share objections over homeless encampment cleanup," 16 Sep. 2020 Turns out the extremely stinky durian fruit—which primarily grows in southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand—can synthesize supercapacitors with its biowaste. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Fruit That Smells Like Butt Could Charge Your iPhone," 26 Feb. 2020 In this paper, the research team describes their corn starch as biowaste, which is an umbrella term that refers to anything from byproducts of manufacturing to human biological waste products like sewage. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Corny Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Hold Quadruple the Charge," 21 Feb. 2020 However, Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty at first resisted the idea that one company should be handling biowaste and also acting as an outreach worker. oregonlive, "Portland to resume homeless camp clean-ups after divided City Council votes unanimously," 8 Jan. 2020 Besides wear-and-tear from heavy use, escalators nationwide have been damaged by debris, or by biowastes when people relieve themselves on conveyances. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Escalators at UW light-rail station keep breaking down; Sound Transit will improve them — and open a staircase," 26 Oct. 2018 The first is bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS), which involves burning biomass (plants or biowaste) in a thermal power plant, capturing CO2 from the exhaust stream, and burying the CO2. David Roberts, Vox, "Sucking carbon out of the air won’t solve climate change," 14 June 2018 For the last year, waste management facilities in New York and one in New Jersey have been shipping tons of biowaste -- literally, tons -- to Big Sky Environmental, a private landfill in Adamsville, Alabama. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why trainloads of other people's poo have been rotting in an Alabama town for months," 3 Apr. 2018 On cleanup day, large trash trucks rumble down the street, accompanied by biowaste teams in white suits. Ben Poston,, "Homeless cleanups in L.A. have surged, costing millions. What has been gained?," 30 June 2017

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Biowaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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