What is waste prevention?
Waste prevention is reducing the amount of waste generated at source and reducing the
hazardous content of that waste. It includes purchasing items that are more durable, reusable
and/or repairable, or diverting such items for beneficial reuse. In addition, waste prevention includes
using items that have less packaging and/or are less toxic than alternative products and packaging.
Waste prevention does not refer to using items that are recyclable or contain recycled material, nor
to the diversion and collection of recyclables for processing.

Who has an interest?
This project is addressed to individuals and organisations that have an interest in greater resource
efficiency, reducing the amount of waste being produced across the economy and reusing waste
when it is possible.

What are Waste Prevention Objectives?
The POMIS Project as a Waste Prevention Programme aims to protect the environment and
human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and management of
waste, by reducing overall impacts of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use.

What is the Vision for Waste Prevention?
In order to achieve a shared vision for waste prevention all parts of the economy should consider
about actions they can take to reduce their own waste as well about how the ways they operate will
have an impact on waste production because of the whole lifecycle
of the products. Effective
waste prevention relies on actions being taken throughout the life of a product or material including
the design, production process, distribution and use.

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