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Waste recycling and reuse

"Recycling of waste refers to the separation at source of recyclable materials from the general waste stream and the reuse of these materials.  The objectives of recycling are to save resources as well as reduce the environmental impact of waste by reducing the amount of waste disposed at landfills.  To meet these objectives, waste separation at source is proposed, as the quality of recyclable materials is higher when separated at source.   In addition, recycling has the potential for job creation and is a viable alternative to informal salvaging at landfills, which is undesirable due to the problems of health and safety associated with salvaging"  (National Waste Management Strategy, 1999)