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[GreenYes] Re: (surprise!) recycling better than dumping and burning

At 07:52 AM 5/9/2006 -0500, Reindl, John wrote:

>Thanks for sending this, Alan.
>Can you give us a link to either this news release or to the report itself?

Sorry I forgot the links:

Here is a tiny of the above:

The report itself is at:


> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address]On
> >Behalf Of Alan Muller
> >Sent: Monday, May 08, 2006 3:31 PM
> >To: GreenYes@no.address
> >Subject: [GreenYes] (surprise!) recycling better than dumping and
> >burning
> >
> >
> >
> >By Paul Sanderson
> >
> >Recycling has been proven to be the best way to deal with waste in an
> >environmentally friendly way, a major study has found.
> >
> >The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) commissioned the
> >report from the Technical University of Denmark and the Danish Topic
> >Centre on Waste to look at hundreds of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
> >studies from around the globe to work out what is the best way of
> >dealing with waste in order to minimise harmful CO2 emissions.
> >
> >Its research concluded that for glass, wood, paper and cardboard,
> >plastics, aluminium, steel and aggregates, recycling created less
> >emissions that other waste treatments including incineration
> >and landfill.
> >
> >However, with some materials such as wood, there were only a limited
> >amount of LCA studies available and so the data is still sketchy.
> >
> >WRAP director of policy and evaluation Ray Georgeson said: "A report
> >like this hasn't been done anywhere in the world before. More than
> >80% of the studies we looked at show recycling has better
> >environmental impact than landfill and incineration.
> >
> >"This is good news all round. It chimes with the waste hierarchy,
> >Government plans for the Waste Strategy and shows recycling makes a
> >significant contribution to helping prevent climate change."
> >
> >The report even shows that when transportation of materials for
> >recycling abroad is still better environmentally than creating a
> >product from virgin material or sending it for landfill or
> >incineration in the UK.
> >
> >In order to work out the best life cycle for each material, the
> >Danish researchers looked at Life Cycle Analyses and worked out which
> >form of waste treatment the study has a preference for. In most
> >cases, recycling came out top. For example, it was found that for the
> >recycling of plastics, 32 studies preferred recycling of the material
> >compared to only 8 for incineration. While 15 studies preferred
> >recycling to none for landfill when it came to plastics recycling.
> >
> >A similar pattern was found for paper, glass, aluminium and steel.
> >
> >WRAP plans to hold an international conference in the autumn to
> >discuss the findings of the report.
> >
> >
> >>
> >

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