Waste incineration and waste prevention

Waste incineration and waste prevention : Not a contradiction in terms - a background paper by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), July 2008

Recently, various press reports on waste management in Germany have drawn attention to a supposed contradiction between waste incineration and waste prevention. The main claim was that the current expansion of waste incineration in Germany would thwart further efforts at waste prevention and block further advances in recycling and waste management.  The present paper by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA) provides a detailed analysis of the current situation and 10 arguments on this issue. It seeks to clarify the facts and put the discussion on a more factual basis.

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