Potentials and Evaluation of Preventive Measures - A Case Study for GermanyHenning Wilts* and Bettina Rademacher
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment,Energy GmbH, Research Group Material Flows and Resource Management, Germany
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- Henning Wilts
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment,Energy GmbH
Research Group Material Flows and Resource Management, Germany
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Received Date: January 09, 2014; Accepted Date: February 20, 2014; Published Date: February 27, 2014
Citation: Wilts H, Rademacher B (2014) Potentials and Evaluation of Preventive Measures - A Case Study for Germany. Int J Waste Resources 4: 137. doi:10.4172/2252-5211.1000137
Copyright: © 2014 Wilts H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The European Waste Framework Directive has defined waste prevention as top of the waste hierarchy meaning nothing less than a fundamental change of the sociotechnical system of waste infrastructures with all its economic, legal, social and cultural elements. Based on an empirical analysis of more than 300 waste prevention measures this paper assesses which prevention effects can realistically be achieved by applying the measures described in the German waste prevention programme or in those of other EU member states. Taking into account waste streams like packaging, food waste, bulky waste and production waste the results show that waste generation is not an unavoidable evil but can be significantly reduced at current level of technology.