There are five rational steps in the integrated waste management system. The individual steps are described in brief below.
Rational Steps in Integrated Waste Management
|Minimize waste hazard||Changing behavioral aspects of the consumer and industry by raising public awareness and mass education on integrated waste management. Re-education in the use of hazardous material by changing raw materials or changing product design. Placing responsibility of more products on manufacturers throughout the entire life cycle of the produced item, including it’s disposal.|
|Maximise waste recycling and reuse||Unavoidable waste, after waste minimization, should be recycled for other possible uses and these can be supported by legislation.|
|Recovery energy||Where recycling materials is not possible, energy recovery should be attempted and these options further researched to identify the most promising and socially acceptable cost-effective techniques.|
|Promote environmentally clean and economically feasible technologies||Present technology is opening up options for effective treatment of waste for disposal. Good planning should be attempted for best cost-effectiveness.|
|Expand collection and disposal service||Many countries with scant resources of money, skilled labor and logistics cannot handle the disposal of bulk volume of their present waste. There is an urgent need to expand their ability to carry out waste collection and disposal with a minimum impact on the environment.|