Household Waste

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Household Waste
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Last Edit Date 2018-06-29

Household Waste means :

SDABC2015.png The ABC for Sustainable Cities - A glossary for policy makers. 1st edition (2015)

Household waste is waste material usually generated in the residential environment. (1)

Note: A holistic approach to waste management has positive consequences for GHG emissions from the energy, forestry, agriculture, mining, transport, and manufacturing sectors. The climate benefits of waste practices result from avoided landfill emissions, reduced raw material extraction and manufacturing, recovered materials and energy replacing virgin materials and fossil-fuel energy sources, carbon bound in soil through compost application, and carbon storage due to recalcitrant materials in landfills. (2)

The European Union’s approach to waste management five-step waste hierarchy where prevention is the best option, followed by re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery, with disposal such as landfill as the last resort. (3)

(1) United Nations, Glossary of Environment Statistics, (2) UNEP (undated) http://www.unep.org/climatechange/mitigation/Waste/, (3) European Commission http://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/