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

Thanks for sending this, Alan.

Can you give us a link to either this news release or to the report itself?


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>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
>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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