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Definition - What does Waste Prevention mean?

Waste prevention relates to reducing the amount of waste generated, reducing the amount of hazardous waste and reducing the impact of that waste on the environment. When people create less waste, they consume fewer resources. It then costs less to recycle or dispose of waste. Waste prevention can save money spent on waste disposal.

Safeopedia explains Waste Prevention

Waste prevention involves strict avoidance of waste generation. It also involves qualitative and quantitative reduction at the source of waste production. Reuse of products is also a key aspect of waste prevention.

Waste prevention does not include recycling of materials and separate waste collection. Waste prevention is also known as source reduction. Waste prevention programs involve 3 key steps - reduce, reuse, and donate or exchange.

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