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Rethinking the waste hierarchy

Abstract

There is an increasing need to couple environmental and economic considerations within waste management. Consumers and companies alike generate ever more waste. The waste-policy challenges of the future lie in decoupling growth in waste generation from growth in consumption, and in setting priorities for the waste management. This report discusses the criteria for deciding priorities for waste management methods, and questions the current principles of EU waste policies. The basis for the discussion is the so-called waste hierarchy which has dominated the waste policy in the EU since the mid-1970s. The waste hierarchy ranks possible methods of waste management. According to the waste hierarchy, the very best solution is to reduce the amount of waste. After that, reuse is preferred to recycling which, in turn, is preferred to incineration. Disposal at a landfill is the least favourable solution. (BA)
Authors:
Rasmussen, C; Vigsoe, D [1] 
  1. eds.
Publication Date:
Mar 01, 2005
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
NEI-DK-4452
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Mar 2005
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; WASTE MANAGEMENT; EUROPEAN UNION; RECOMMENDATIONS
OSTI ID:
20623175
Research Organizations:
Institut for Miljoevurdering Copenhagen (Denmark)
Country of Origin:
Denmark
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 87-7992-032-2; TRN: DK0501243
Availability:
Available on http://www.risoe.dk/rispubl/NEI/nei-dk-4452.pdf
Submitting Site:
DK
Size:
118 pages
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Rasmussen, C, and Vigsoe, D. Rethinking the waste hierarchy. Denmark: N. p., 2005. Web.
Rasmussen, C, & Vigsoe, D. Rethinking the waste hierarchy. Denmark.
Rasmussen, C, and Vigsoe, D. 2005. "Rethinking the waste hierarchy." Denmark.
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