Waste Management Concepts

There are a number of concepts concerning waste management, which vary in their usage between countries or regions. Some of the most general, widely-used concepts include:

  • Waste Hierarchy: this places waste management strategies in preference of their prevention potential. The "3 Rs" (reduce, reuse and recycle) are crucial, and remain the most important practice of most waste strategies. 
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): this involves including all costs associated with products - including end-of-life disposal – into the market price. It aims to impose accountability over the entire lifecycle of a product. An example of this is 'Producer-funded Recycling of Waste Batteries.'
  • Polluter Pays Principle: this makes responsible parties pay for damage to the environment. In waste management terms, this generally refers to the requirement that a waste generator pays for the appropriate disposal of any waste.
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Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle


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