Health and social care organisations should do all they can to reduce the amount of waste they produce. This will involve having sustainable waste management strategies in place which include activities such as reuse and recycling.

Waste is a major problem in modern society. Every year, the UK produces millions of tonnes of domestic and commercial waste. In the past, much of this would have gone to landfill sites, increasing the risk of pollution from leaking toxins into the soil and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions through methane release. To address these issues, it is government policy for as much domestic and business waste as possible to be subject to waste reduction and prevention schemes, such as reuse or recycling.

This topic covers the key elements that need to be in place in order to apply the waste hierarchy model and maintain a safe and environmentally sustainable approach to waste management.

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