what is difference between waste and wastage:

-The report is critical of the department's waste/wastage of resources

-This new technology will cut energy wastage/waste

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    Idiomatically we'd nearly always talk about cutting energy waste rather than ...wastage. But both versions are perfectly valid and comprehensible, and would always effectively mean the same thing anyway. Commented May 20, 2021 at 14:02
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    ...some years ago, I posted this potential distinction on a related ELU question: Waste and wastage are to some extent interchangeable, but many people think that wastage should not be used to refer to loss resulting from human carelessness, inefficiency, etc: a waste (not a wastage) of time/money/effort etc. Commented May 20, 2021 at 14:10
  • It's like watts and wattage.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 20:48

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When in doubt, just use waste. Wastage isn't super commonly used.

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