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Defining Waste Management

Waste minimisation is a methodology used to achieve waste reduction, primarily through reduction at source, but also including recycling and re-use of materials, as shown in the figure below.

The benefits of waste minimisation are both environmental and financial and wide in their coverage. Some of the main benefits include the following:

  • improved bottom line through improved process efficiency
  • reduced burden on the environment, with improved public image and compliance with legislation
  • better communication and involvement of employees and therefore greater commitment to the business


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