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What is waste?

Waste management hierarchy

Waste is much more than just the rubbish or garbage found in a bin. Anything no longer used or wanted and is discarded is waste, including:

Unwanted items considered as waste and discarded by some may be useful to others. It is becoming increasingly popular to consider waste as a resource containing valuable materials to be recovered and used again.

Waste management hierarchy

City of Gold Coast Waste Management's concepts are underpinned by a management hierarchy that guides us through different ways of managing waste. The diagram below shows that waste avoidance, minimisation and recycling are the best options for the environment when it comes to treating and disposing of waste.

The hierarchy aims to achieve the maximum practical benefit from the resources used in products we consume and manages waste in a way that minimises the amount that ends up going to landfill.

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