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Concepts of Waste Management
By: Derek Both
Dealing with waste management has become an issue of major importance. Some things, like landfills, are becoming increasingly
full. This creates a situation in which we are forced to find new ways to dispose of waste. This said; let's explore some of the
concepts of waste management.
- Some interest groups seem to oppose any new development anywhere. It can seem as though their goal is to avoid all new
developments. In the UK, these groups are commonly referred to as BANANA, which means Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near
Anything. By contrast, NIMBY means Not In My Back Yard. These groups do not oppose development projects as a whole. They only
disagree with certain ones that they feel are inappropriate for their particular neighbourhood.
- Great Britain has come up with a way of managing waste called the BPEO, which stands for Best Practical Environmental Option.
The BPEO essentially looks at a project and determines the best course of action. They look at the implications to the environment in
the short term and the long term. They are dedicated to minimizing environmental impact and maximizing benefits.
- EPR, or Extended Producer Responsibility, is the concept that producers must incorporate the cost of disposing or reusing a product
once it has served its purpose. A company who manufactures these things must ultimately take care of the waste it generates. The
company can do this alone, or outsource it to a PRO, a Producer Responsibility Organization.
- Linguistic Detoxification is an environmental term used to describe a process in which the level of toxicity is downgraded by
assigning it a different term through legislation. The naming of this phrase is credited to Barry Commoner, an environmental
- Some places have taken the Pay As You Throw approach. Cons