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I am can't seem to think of a single word for trash or garbage in the singular form.

I want to use in a sentence like so:

I picked up two [trashes] yesterday.

Obviously that is wrong because trash is uncountable. Which word can I use instead to have the same meaning as

I picked up two [pieces of trash] yesterday.

In a nutshell I am looking for the direct translation of the french word "Déchet". Google comes up "Waste" but "2 Waste" doesn't sound right.

Any ideas?

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    I don't think there is a "single word" in standard English that means "a unit of trash". – Hot Licks Apr 22 '15 at 2:48
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    I agree with @HotLicks. Nothing springs to mind and "pieces of trash" is common. You could try "scraps". Does that work for you? – dave Apr 22 '15 at 3:01
  • Only one word comes to my mind, a disposable. But disposables are things designed for one-time use and they are called disposables in any state: before use and after use. Still, it is a case when a disposable turns into a countable piece of garbage in the end. – alx Apr 22 '15 at 3:28
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    Not a single word but you can consider waste item. – ermanen Apr 22 '15 at 3:28
  • You're going to have to settle for "pieces of trash" or "pieces of litter" or "pieces of garbage" or "pieces of refuse"... in general it's pieces of something – Jim Apr 22 '15 at 4:14
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Your actual garbage disposing action is picking bags or packs or containers with garbage. Consider these:

I picked up two bags of waste yesterday.

I picked up two packs of trash yesterday.

The only thing I know that can be a countable piece of trash is a disposable. Disposables are diapers, syringes, cartridges, etc.

  • I get the word I seek doesn't exist. The terms your suggest don't work for my specific case but the attempt is admirable. =) – Slava Knyazev Apr 22 '15 at 3:46
  • A countable term for waste does not exist in many languages. There is no countable term in Russian either. – alx Apr 22 '15 at 3:49
  • I actually wonder if there is some reason behind this... – Slava Knyazev Apr 22 '15 at 3:50
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    Perhaps, because nobody tries to count garbage unless it is packed in countable units :-) – alx Apr 22 '15 at 3:51

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