Definition of wastage in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or process of losing or destroying something by using it carelessly or extravagantly.

    ‘the wastage of natural resources’
    • ‘The company has been taking stringent cost control measures, new trade management strategies and increasing efforts to implement lean management programmes and eliminate wastage in all areas of manufacturing.’
    • ‘On a regular morning walk at Marine Drive with her neuro-psychiatrist husband, an infertility specialist was discussing wants vs. needs and how she could avoid wastage in the lab.’
    • ‘The use of harvesters and plastic crates has become essential to minimise wastage during harvesting and transportation.’
    • ‘But this is a compelling history, tinged with sadness, not only for the human suffering and wastage, but also at the despoiling of a unique and magnificent landscape and destruction of the nomadic way of life.’
    • ‘Both must get into top gear with almost immediate effect if they are to have a significant impact on graft and wastage and mechanisms must be put in place to ensure that these are minimised on all fronts.’
    • ‘By getting the domestic consumer to pay an amount of money that is based on usage, there will be more awareness and less wastage of a valuable natural resource.’
    • ‘Doesn't an automated parking fee system do away with the wastage of destroying unsold coupons every two years, or ensure non-evasion of parking fees, or even eradicate littering in car parks?’
    • ‘Although economists see this as a reward for financial mismanagement and wastage of tax payer's money, many defend the move.’
    • ‘It is important to insulate under the heating pipes to prevent wastage, particularly if you live in a flat - you don't want to end up providing your downstairs neighbour with a new heating system.’
    • ‘I hope that the council at least passes its used cartridges to a recycling agent but by continuing to buy new cartridges it perpetuates oil wastage.’
    • ‘After all, so many simple things are overlooked in most houses, such as using the optimum amount of water for cooking, getting leaking taps repaired in time and avoiding wastage of water in general.’
    • ‘A disciplined approach was introduced to avoid wastage in every department.’
    • ‘He noted that the problem the region had in the fisheries sector have been the non optimal utilisation of existing resources hence the need to address issues of quality control and wastage arising from inadequate processing facilities.’
    • ‘Others spoke of wastage and the government leading by example.’
    • ‘When you consider that it costs more than that sum to construct just a good harbour, you can see there was no wastage there.’
    • ‘The state government has brought nuptials of all religious hues under the Essential Commodities Act to prevent wastage of food at wedding feasts.’
    • ‘There is information on rainwater harvesting, roof water collection, a chart of wastage caused by unintentional use of water, and how to prevent this by simple methods such as stopping a faucet from leaking.’
    • ‘Furthermore the committee ask all members to look for and report any leaks and to turn off any running taps as there is serious wastage of water occurring, which has led to the present shortages.’
    • ‘Often this wastage is a direct result of cost shifting between federal and state/territory governments.’
    • ‘If power is given free to farmers, they will not care to switch it off soon even after their job is finished; thus, it will result in wastage.’
    1. 1.1 The amount of something that is wasted.
      ‘wastage was cut by 50 per cent’
      • ‘The strategy outlines Defence's commitment to reduce water consumption, minimise wastage and maximise use of waste water across Defence properties.’
      • ‘The houses and bungalows will be timber-framed and clad with UK-grown timbers, roofed with recycled slates and insulated with recycled newspaper while the plumbing system is designed to cut water wastage.’
      • ‘Concerns about the clinical implications, the cost of routine medication, and the possible excessive wastage resulting from the return of units to the blood bank have led us to question our practice.’
      • ‘We want to get best value for taxpayers and cut wastage by up to 10 per cent by improving the way we spend money on services.’
      • ‘Although total wastage in Hurricanes and Spitfires approached 3,000, deliveries to the squadrons were in excess of 3,500.’
      • ‘Our comparable figure by then is about - I think if you take our present rates, it is about 9 per cent wastage, but we then lose a further 4 per cent during the two years.’
      • ‘Its storage heaters, which will be produced at the rate of over 600,000 a year in the Shanyang Dimplex joint venture plant, will help to control pollution by reducing wastage.’
      • ‘First, there is a reduction in feed wastage; second, there is an improvement in the digestibility of nutrients.’
      • ‘And the fact that food must be consumed quickly means that wastage is high.’
      • ‘Thus, it was anticipated that a fighter force of 50 squadrons engaged in active operations would suffer wastage of 1,000 aircraft a month.’
      • ‘However, there is 10 per cent wastage on the flowers purchased.’
      • ‘A figure of £424 was suggested for the annual food wastage per person every year.’
      • ‘Placing the product in a niche can be a tough choice, especially if the board wants the entire market, however it can limit wastage of productive resources.’
      • ‘It could also reduce food wastage which is estimated to cost at least 10 billion yuan every year.’
      • ‘Houses in Ireland are performing very badly in terms of energy usage; wastage is very high, and homes are badly insulated.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Audit Commission's scathing report on the running of the criminal justice system says the £80m wastage would pay for thousands more police officers.’
      • ‘This is to encourage energy efficiency and to reduce energy wastage.’
  • 2British The reduction in the size of a workforce as a result of voluntary resignation or retirement rather than enforced redundancy.

    ‘120 staff were lost through natural wastage’
    • ‘Where possible these changes will be achieved through natural wastage, voluntary redundancy and redeployment.’
    • ‘Tories say the job losses would be achieved through natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.’
    • ‘If it can be achieved through natural wastage, when people leave, or through voluntary redundancy or early retirement we would still not be happy but it would lessen the impact.’
    • ‘But he stressed that it should be possible to achieve the job reductions through natural wastage, with 20,000 people leaving work every year.’
    • ‘If it is necessary to reduce the number of posts we will firstly try to do this by natural wastage and then by voluntary means.’
    • ‘Staff have been told that the equivalent of up to 1,000 jobs could go across the three sites by the end of 2004 by natural wastage.’
    • ‘Managers hope to make the reductions through natural wastage, retraining and redeployment.’
    • ‘He could not rule out job losses, but said that, if necessary, that would be achieved through redeployment and natural wastage.’
    • ‘Mr Brown's aides said it was hoped many of the jobs would go through natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.’
    • ‘That will be delivered by natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.’
    • ‘Most of the savings will be made by natural wastage.’
    • ‘He added that staff had been informed there would be no more redundancies - if future jobs needed to be shed, they would try be sourced through natural wastage.’
    • ‘But I would hope that the losses would be through natural wastage and early retirement, although I can't be specific.’
    • ‘It is hoped that the bulk of the cuts will be reached through natural wastage, voluntary redundancies and outsourcing of contracts for activities like cleaning and catering.’
    • ‘He said by the end of the process the Trust would be employing fewer people and the wage bill would be cut through staff relocation and natural wastage.’
    • ‘Amalgamating the control rooms resulted in the loss of half of the staff through redundancy and natural wastage.’
    • ‘It is also expected to shed jobs through natural wastage in order to keep costs down.’
    • ‘Essex Police has decided not to replace those traffic wardens who leave the service through natural wastage.’
    • ‘They simply cannot be replaced after natural wastage.’
    • ‘The jobs would go through natural wastage, such as retirement, and nobody would be forced to leave, trust chiefs have promised.’
    1. 2.1 The number of people leaving a job or further educational establishment before they have completed their training or education.
      ‘the influence of academic ability on student wastage’
      • ‘The union has been fully consulted from the outset and we have worked with them to ensure that voluntary redundancies and natural wastage has been maximised to the fullest.’
      • ‘There is bound to be some natural wastage as there is in any industry, but this area is still likely to retain one of the highest levels of employment in the country and possibly the world.’
  • 3The weakening or deterioration of a part of the body, typically as a result of illness or lack of use.

    ‘the wastage of muscle tissue’
    • ‘There is evidence, says Vincent, that the inner layer of muscles that support your lower back show muscle wastage in those experiencing back pain because every time you move you are bracing outer muscles to take the strain.’
    • ‘During the off-season, you have to work on your muscles to prevent wastage.’
    • ‘Danny has suffered a lot of muscle wastage throughout his illness, but there is no reason why he can't walk again.’
    • ‘Used by astronauts to boost muscular performance in space and thus prevent muscle wastage, the trainer is now used by professional football players in Barcelona Football Club.’
    • ‘Weight training also helps to slow down the rate of sarcopenia, or muscle wastage in the ageing, which can lead to a decrease of up to 40% muscle mass in 60-year-olds and older.’
    • ‘There's already a perceptible muscle wastage in her hind quarters, and I have been encouraging her to take a little exercise: one of her endearing traits is that she can almost always be persuaded to take a walk with me.’
    • ‘A removable fibre cast pot means the 31-year-old can already do vital stretching exercises on his ankle and knee that will prevent muscle wastage.’
    • ‘The most common signs are muscle wastage, diarrhoea and respiratory distress in pigs aged between six and 14 weeks.’
    • ‘In the 1980s he worked on syringomyelia, a degenerative disease that leads to muscle wastage.’
    • ‘Their futures looked bleak at the beginning of last year after both were diagnosed with Battens Disease, a fatal condition causing muscle wastage.’
    • ‘Mr Graber, you have acute muscle wastage caused by the steroidal hay-fever medication that you are taking.’
    • ‘Thankfully, faith in the surgeon was justified and three operations later Weller made a full recovery, following one more season of frustration due to muscle wastage caused by 60-odd days in hospital.’