Exploring the packaging waste hierarchy

The packaging industry will take heart from a major new study for the European Commission which concludes that a strict preference for reusable over disposable packaging is "not evident". But the study's broad support for recycling over energy recovery will help to reinforce the Commission's view of the waste hierarchy. And, contrary to packaging industry views, it concludes that life-cycle analysis (LCA) could be used at EC level to support specific waste management options and identify "low impact packaging systems".

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