Report on technologies and options for plastic waste prevention
24 October 2014
Despite the many good intentions waste prevention measures seem
to be lacking consistency and have been focused on the low-hanging
fruits. There is a need for understanding which measures are
available for preventing waste plastic and which actors in the
value chain that are able to implement these.
The report consists of three main parts. One, the theoretical
background for working with waste prevention, aimed at giving
stakeholders a general understanding of what waste prevention is
and what it is not. Two, review of measures for waste prevention
including illustrated examples in relation to the value chain.
Third, waste preventive measures directed specifically towards the
most relevant plastic products and plastic waste flows.
Plastic waste prevention can be promoted by many stakeholders
throughout the entire life cycle. Producers, distributors,
retailers, businesses, consumers and the waste management sector
(collectors, sorters and re-processors) were identified as
stakeholders, and the life cycle included the design and
manufacturing (including extraction and production), distribution,
use and waste management.
The full report can be downloaded here