waste·​pa·​per | \ ˈwās(t)-ˈpā-pər How to pronounce wastepaper (audio) \

Definition of wastepaper

: paper discarded as used, superfluous, or not fit for use

Examples of wastepaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Batman and Spiderman action figure toys lie in a wastepaper basket next to the boy. Fox News, "Banksy surprise: New work from mysterious artist appears at UK hospital amid coronavirus outbreak," 8 May 2020 Not to mention the widespread habit of tossing used toilet paper into wastepaper baskets to spare the strain on many homes’ aged and insufficient plumbing. Washington Post, "Mexico City plastic bag ban to take residents back in time," 1 Jan. 2020 Still, to be recycled, wastepaper needs to be clean. Emily Chasan, Los Angeles Times, "Can U.S. consumers save paper recycling, one straw or TV dinner tray at a time?," 20 Oct. 2019 Instead of returning to China empty, shipping containers were filled with refuse, bales of plastic bottles, cardboard and wastepaper. Emily Chasan, Los Angeles Times, "Can U.S. consumers save paper recycling, one straw or TV dinner tray at a time?," 20 Oct. 2019 With no market for the wastepaper and plastic in their blue bins, some communities scaled back or suspended curbside recycling programs. Mary Esch, The Seattle Times, "China’s ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants," 19 May 2019 What in creation was spilling over several folding tables—used ball-point pens, foil, torn newspaper, doodles, bits of paper, the contents of a wastepaper basket held together with cardboard and brown packing tape. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Old In Art School," 20 June 2018 Then there was the problem of the huge amount of wastepaper that piled up around the studio— David Wolman, WIRED, "The Ultimate Counterfeiter Isn’t a Crook—He’s an Artist," 18 May 2012 With another marquee name to market, the Madison Square Garden strongman James L. Dolan is less likely to kick over office wastepaper baskets. Harvey Araton, New York Times, "Knicks Trade for Bulls’ Derrick Rose but Have More Work to Do," 22 June 2016

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First Known Use of wastepaper

1567, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wastepaper was in 1567

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“Wastepaper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wastepaper. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wastepaper

: paper that you throw away because it has been used or is not needed

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