source reduction

source reduction

Any practice intended to reduce the amount of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant that enters any waste stream, or is otherwise released into the environment, before recycling, treatment or disposal. Source reduction includes design, manufacture, purchase or use of materials to reduce the amount or toxicity of waste; because it is intended to reduce pollution and conserve resources, source reduction should not increase the net amount or toxicity of waste generated throughout the life of the product.

Techniques
Reusing items, minimising use of products that conatin hazardous compounds, using only what is needed, extending the life of a product, reducing unneeded packaging.
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This project will also provide source reduction training and technical assistance on energy efficiency and water conservation to these food supply facilities.
The use of one thinner film also provides sustainability benefits such as source reduction and lightweighting.
So if we're executing source reduction well, then we are going to have less cost in the system there.
The solid waste reduction diversion plans will use lifecycle cost analysis to identify key opportunities for source reduction, process efficiency and end-of-life management.
The SMRP offers communities, regional entities and nonprofits funding for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills and incinerators.
Flexible packaging is a growing trend fueled by the movement toward sustainability, source reduction, product marketing differentiation and consumer convenience.
Portola says that by eliminating the liners, the plug design helps minimize package cost and contribute to material source reduction.
Gains will reflect a rebound in the US economy and will be supported by cost, performance and source reduction advantages over most rigid packaging formats.
It does that by keeping goods and materials out of the waste stream, advancing source reduction, preserving the 'embodied energy' that was originally used to manufacture an item and reducing the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water supplies.
There's still no cure or vaccination for dengue and that's why we must focus on other cost-effective interventions, the most important of which is source reduction -- the destruction of the dengue-carrying mosquitoes," Ona emphasised.
At the very least, you can answer the question, "What do we mean by eco-friendly, recyclable, biodegradable, source reduction .
PLA was the substrate of choice primarily because AgroLabs was looking for source reduction and more sustainable packaging for its club store customers.