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scavenger

1. any animal that feeds on decaying organic matter, esp on refuse
2. a substance added to a chemical reaction or mixture to counteract the effect of impurities

scavenger

[′skav·ən·jər]
(chemistry)
A substance added to a mixture or other system to remove or inactivate impurities. Also known as getter.
(ecology)
An organism that feeds on carrion, refuse, and similar matter.
(metallurgy)
A reactive metal added to a molten metal to combine with and remove dissolved gases.
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There is a lot about of research highlighting the negative impacts of predators and scavengers, and we are only just now beginning to understand the potentially irreplaceable services that these animals can provide human societies," paper co-author James Watson said in the WCS statement.
These scavengers, Vincent says, came to Kerala at a time when there were dry toilets and no one else was willing to clean them.
The scavengers roam around all the dumps placed in the residential areas of Islamabad, in order to rummage through the garbage to find recyclables.
In open areas, the team found, insects ate less than other scavengers.
He said that weight of the waste could reduce due to collecting the useful items included plastic, clothes from the containers by private scavengers.
As silane-curing adhesives and sealants react with water, water scavengers are an essential component in such products.
Ten years later, these 'liberated' scavengers from Rajasthan are now brand ambassadors of cleanliness mission and campaign against manual scavenging.
18 area organizations and businesses will work together to present The Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt—a free, outdoor event created by the Great Swamp Watershed Association, and designed to promote greater public awareness of some of the most significant natural, cultural, and historical locations found in northern New Jersey.
The public service ads show pictures of scavengers rummaging trash bins and creating a mess on the roads.
He emphasized on the rehabilitation of all manual scavengers and their dependents in alternative occupations.
There were 45 scavengers as respondents who were asked to fill out the questionnaires.
The anti-scavenging programme also includes setting up cautionary stickers on all the municipality waste collection bins, warning scavengers in six languages that 'taking items from these bins is strictly prohibited'.