Danish institute issues waste hierarchy report

Denmark's environmental assessment institute (EAI) has issued a report challenging the EU's waste hierarchy. Under the hierarchy, waste prevention is preferred to recycling, then recovery and finally disposal. The hierarchy should be considered only "a very general and flexible guideline" for formulating policies, the report concludes. It also recommends replacing fixed waste recycling targets with price-based targets. Both would make costly EU waste policies more efficient, the institute argues. The report stems from a seminar organised by the institute in December (EED 16/12/04). See statement and report.

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