Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Waste Reduction and Sustainable Development

  • Pedi ObaniEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_458


The meaning of waste has evolved in close connection with socioecological transformations and capitalist ideas of value and nature (Cooper 2010). Waste often refers to any material or object that is discarded after the end of a process either because it is no longer useful or desirable. The characterization of waste is mainly from the perspective of the user, and what constitutes waste to one person may still constitute a useful input to another person for a different process. Nonetheless, waste reduction simply entails minimizing the amount of useful resources (like food, water, or energy) that is disposed or applied for alternative uses which do not maximize their value. It could also refer to minimizing the amount of waste generated from anthropogenic activities, through efficient product design, production process management, and changes in consumption patterns.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Public LawUniversity of BeninBeninNigeria

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Will
  • Isabel Novo-Corti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of A CorunaA CoruñaSpain