bio·​waste ˈbī-ō-ˌwāst How to pronounce biowaste (audio)
: waste (such as manure, sawdust, or food scraps) that is composed chiefly of organic matter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Then there’s the roughly $1 million the city paid cleanup teams with contractor Advantage Services, a company that helps pick up, does power washing and removes biowaste at active or abandoned encampments. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 Circumference utilizes the olive leaves that would have otherwise been biowaste to carefully (and with a chemical-free method) extract potent actives, then returns the mulch to the farm to be used as compost for a circular production system. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 22 Apr. 2021 Health officials say the cleanups are necessary to mitigate public hazards like biowaste and needles. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 June 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of biowaste was in 1963

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“Biowaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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