Jackie Whitelaw is correct to say that Britain is burying itself under its own waste (NCE last week). But she is wrong to say that burning it for energy is an attractive option to solve this problem.
Burning plastics and paper would produce unwanted gases and burning will not get rid of wastes such as glass, metal and construction and demolition waste.
The best option to cut waste is to rethink the processes that produce it so that they create less. The next option is to make more products reusable in their original form and get away from our disposable culture.
The third is to recycle materials back into their original form and the fourth is to recycle them into a different form.
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