Mary Ishak 11D
What is waste prevention?
Applications in the chemical industry
Benefits of preventing waste
The benefits of preventing waste include:
- Producer savings - when producers create less waste they can reduce the resources required to manage that waste and devote those resources to more productive uses
- Consumer savings - when consumers reduce their waste generation they use fewer resources, which is more costly, to purchase produces that eventually become waste.
- Environmental impact - by preventing the degradation of the natural environment, which may create more hospitable conditions, waste prevention contributes to the long term growth potential of life and of economy.
- Environmental benefits through the reduction in carbon emissions from material extraction and waste produced, and a reduction in the use of hazardous materials
- Waste minimalisation can achieve more output of product per unit of input of raw materials
- More efficient use of products means reduced costs of purchasing new materials improving the financial performance of a company
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Waste Prevention Programme for England, 2013, Department for Environemnt Food & Rural Affairs, viewed 8/11/14, <https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/221130/wpp-consult-doc-20130311.pdf>
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