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Waste Hierarchy - 3


Recovering materials and products for reuse without further reprocessing preserves the integrity of the natural world and our long term resources. The key concept should be to prevent any waste arising throughout the life cycle of any product so reducing the quantity of resources needed to produce and use the product. Recovering also includes composting in order to recover the nutrients and the heat energy stored in materials.

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Recycling reprocesses waste materials to produce other usable materials. The same materials can be used more than once, extending their economic life. Again the costs of collection, transport and reprocessing and the higher costs of recycled materials can count against recycling proposals. Recycling principle applies to the process as well as the product.

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