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Greening up: Environmental sustainability in general practice

The waste hierarchy

Last revised: 12 Jul 2022

It’s also useful to consider the waste hierarchy when creating an environmentally sustainable practice. The waste hierarchy is a set of priorities for the efficient use of resources and waste management used in Australian policymaking. These include (in order of preference):

  • avoidance, including action to reduce the amount of waste generated by households, industry and all levels of government
  • resource recovery, including re‑using, recycling, reprocessing and energy recovery consistent with the most efficient use of the recovered resources
  • disposal, including management of all disposal options in the most environmentally responsible manner. (13)