This is the law relating the use of plastic. I’ll leave you to judge how well it is being applied…. I think you can guess my opinion…

The waste hierarchy refers to the "3 Rs&q...

The waste hierarchy refers to the “3 Rs” reduce, reuse and recycle, which classify waste management strategies according to their desirability. The 3 Rs are meant to be a hierarchy, in order of importance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From the  British Plastic Federations website….

The recycling of plastics fits into the Waste Framework hierarchy of efficient and sustainable use of material resources. The hierarchy is now enshrined in law as a result of the recently revised Waste Framework Directive.

Waste Framework hierarchy

Using less material in design and manufacture.
Keeping products for longer; re-use.
Using less hazardous material.

Preparing for re-use
Checking, cleaning, repairing, refurbishing, repair,whole items or spare parts.

Turning waste into a new substance or product. Includes composting if it meets quality protocols.

Other Recovery
Including anaerobic digestion, incineration with energy recovery, gasification and pyrolysis which
produce energy (fuels, heat and power) and materials from waste; some backfilling operations.

Landfill and incineration without energy recovery.


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