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Main Strategic Options In Waste Minimisation and Hazard Reduction at Source

Options in waste minimization strategies

 

Option

Examples

Waste Minimization Strategies Option 1Decreasing consumption of products
  • Reducing the amount of materials required per unit service or process
  • Packaging of product with minimum quantity materials
  • Choosing recyclable products
  • Buying in bulk
  • Buying concentrated products reducing the number of containers
  • Using re- usable products such as shopping bags
  • Reducing use of disposable goods such as lunch packs, disposal razors, pens, etc.
  • Maintaining and repairing appliances
  • Borrowing, renting or sharing items not  frequently used
  • Selling or donating reusable goods
Waste Minimization Strategies Option 2Resource recovery
  • Reducing the amount of materials required per unit process for packaging of a product  saves virgin raw materials for other goods in that it saves energy and the resources required to collect and transport them
  • Managing organic wastes at sources, and recovering the energy and nutrients, through home composting
  • Using products made from recycled materials
Waste Minimization Strategies Option 3Reduction of toxicity
  • Buying materials with less toxins in their content
  • In industry, manufacturing and packaging products with materials of less toxic content
 Waste Minimization Strategies Option 4Awareness
  • Educating the public to make people fully aware of the importance of waste reduction and ways in which they can do it.