reduction strategies resemble other environmental practice
principles, by looking at the source of problems. Waste
strategies see waste as the source of many problems.
When you calculate the real costs of waste, most employers
see the advantages of reducing waste. However, a lot of people
think the only cost is the price of the skip. Add up the costs
of the raw materials that end up in the bin, the labour costs
to clean them up, and transport to get it to the bin, and
you soon see there are a lot more costs before disposal.
production cannot be eliminated entirely. But some ways to
reduce waste are better than others.
Waste Hierarchy says that the best way to deal with waste
is to reduce the amount produced. After that, find out if
the waste can be re-used (e.g. computers), and if not -are
there ways to recover some of the waste? This could include
recycling parts, composting or use to make energy. Only as
a last resort should the waste be disposed, either to landfill
or to air.
Real Savings from Waste