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Conceptualising “Waste”

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This chapter addresses "waste" according to general linguistic usage before examining the terminology applied by the different legal frameworks. It provides an overview of the different approaches to conceptualising waste. The chapter examines the different waste conceptualisations under three specific legal frameworks that regulate the "transboundary movements of waste". In contrast to definitions relying on the notions of &t;disposal&t; and &t;recovery&t;, the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) focuses on the term &t;discard&t;. Furthermore, the chapter points out that while some waste could be considered to be directly fit for use as aggregates, for example crushed bricks and concrete, other cases of particular waste streams could result in an output of which some materials could be products and others could be classified as waste.

Keywords: discard; transboundary movement; waste conceptualisations; waste framework directive (WFD)



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