We have been consuming natural resources at an unsustainable rate and producing too much waste – we can do more to reduce waste in the first place, and make better use of waste materials.
Often, the energy and natural resources required to make products are lost when they are discarded, and additional energy and resources are used to process the waste.
Waste is a resource, not a by-product. Sustainable waste planning and management reduces our use of natural resources through actions such as re-use and recycling. It allows us to recover value and energy from materials we use. It transforms the way we see materials such as sewage, which requires high levels of energy for treatment but has potential to provide a valuable energy source.
The benefits of sustainable waste planning and management include reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, reducing land required for landfill and providing a low carbon energy source.
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There are examples of good practice in sustainable waste management in the UK and around the world.
Waste management and planning is heavily influenced by both European directives and national legislation.
Local authorities are responsible for how waste is managed in their areas.
Households, commerce and industry generate millions of tonnes of waste every year in England.
CABE and Urban Practitioners
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