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Re: The real definition -Reply

Then it was these environmental groups who were putting the horse before
the cart.  Source reduction and recycling are two viable ways of
achieving waste minimization.  There is also a hierarcy, with source
reduction preceeding recycling.  Source reduction tends to be preferable
to recycling in terms of environmental benefit, but the distinction is
not clear cut.

There are situations where recycling is more beneficial than source
reduction.  A hazardous material that is recycled may pose less load on
the environment than a safer substitute that cannot be recycled.
Workers may also tend to be safer users of materials when they are
hazardous than when given a safer substitute.

From: Ralph E. Cooper, Ph.D.
To: p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: The real definition -Reply
Date: Tuesday, April 29, 1997 6:18PM

That original definition led to some environmental groups treating
minimization" as a perjorative term for failure to do source reduction.