IELTS Waste Vocabulary

IELTS Vocabulary Waste

IELTS Waste Vocabulary

Do you have enough vocabulary to talk about waste, rubbish etc in the IELTS speaking test and in the IELTS writing test?

How good are you at talking about and writing about waste, rubbish, recycling and related issues?

The infographic above has a whole pile of useful words and phrases.

Here is a list of the most useful “waste” phrases to use in the IELTS speaking and in the IELTS writing test:

  • indefinitely = without end
  • municipal = related to a city
  • dispose of = throw away, get rid of


  • organic material – something that used to be alive
  • textiles = cloth, material
  • corrugated cardboard = thick paper-like material

Methods of waste disposal:

  • melt
  • incinerate = burn
  • compost = turn biological and organic matter into soil
  • landfill = to bury in the ground

IELTS Part 3 Speaking Questions

About waste:

  • What do most people do with their waste in your country?
  • How good is the waste collection system in your country? (Why do you say that?)
  • How could the waste collection system be improved?
  • What are some of the challenges of recycling waste?
  • What do you think the situation will be like in 50 years?
Your turn!
If you want to practice these questions, write out your answers in the comments below!

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2 Comments on “IELTS Waste Vocabulary”

  1. I’m just beginning to study ielts,so i also want to answer these questions but i can not.
    Would you don’t mind sending to me the sample answers for these? Thanks you so much

    1. It is best to try yourself. Think about your country. Remember there is not one answer, and memorizing is not an effective strategy. Instead, practice asking and answering questions on a variety of topics to help build your fluency.

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