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Increase waste when former partner is home (9)

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increment

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'increase' is the definition.

('increment' can be a synonym of 'increase')

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for increment that I've seen before include "Increase (one of a series)", "additional pay", "Addition to wages etc", "Step", "Small addition to salary etc", "growth", "Amount by which something increases" and "Rise".)

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