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Waste reduction and recycling represents one of the greatest areas for investment.

Overview

Recycling and re-use helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through reduction of decomposable waste in landfills, energy for making new products, and use change from decrease demand of raw materials. In most waste management hierarchies, recycling is one of the first mitigation techniques. Although the recycling process necessitates energy input to mechanically separate materials and re-manufacture products, this energy outlay remains below that needed for making brand new products from raw materials.

Opportunities

There is great potential in developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from recycling. However, lack of infrastructure for waste management is a major impediment. Although the recycling process necessitates energy input to mechanically separate materials and re-manufacture products, this energy outlay remains below that needed for making brand new products from raw materials – resulting an reduced energy usage overall.

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