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Last updated: January 12, 2017

What Does Reuse Mean?

Reusing in environment health and safety or waste prevention terminology means using an object or resource material again for either the same purpose or another purpose without changing the object's structure in a significant way. It is to be differentiated from recycling based on this.

Safeopedia Explains Reuse

Reuse is preferable when compared to recycling, as recycling requires much more energy and resources than reuse. Reuse prevents objects or materials from becoming waste, and thus helps to reduce damage to the environment caused by pollution. Waste is disposed of in landfills and causes environmental damage including a reduction in air and water quality, as well as effects on local wildlife and biodiversity.


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