Research and analysis

Applying the waste hierarchy: evidence summary

This document summarises the current scientific research on the environmental impacts of various waste management options for a range of materials and products.



It explains how the various options for dealing with waste have been ranked in order of environmental preference within the waste hierarchy. For a few materials, it also explains deviations from the hierarchy.

Anyone interested in finding out the reasoning behind the priority order of the waste hierarchy should read this document.

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