Author(s): E. Pongrácz, P. S. Phillips & R. L. Keiski
The Theory of Waste Management represents a more in-depth account of the
domain and contains conceptual analyses of waste, the activity upon waste, and a
holistic view of the goals of waste management.
Waste Management Theory is
founded on the expectation that waste management is to prevent waste causing
harm to human health and the environment.
The proper definition of waste is
crucial to constructing a sustainable agenda of waste management.
It is largely
the case that current legislation attends to existing waste.
from this condition may, however, conflict with the goals of waste prevention,
because something that already exists cannot be prevented from arising.
material is assigned the label of ‘waste’, it will be treated as such; consequently,
despite its explicit wish of waste prevention, implicitly, legislation essentially
The inherent philosophical implication of such definitions is that
they are not able to facilitate a sustainable waste management system.
new, dynamic definitions for waste and waste management must be sought,
which can explain why waste is created and can offer an intrinsic solution for the
A radically new approach, based on an object-oriented modelling
language, is presented to define the key concepts of waste management.
Theory of Waste Management, waste, non-waste, waste management,
definition, theory, purpose, structure, state, performance.
There is a clear distinction drawn between using the word ‘theory’ in the
scientific domain, as opposed to everyday life.
In common usage, ‘theory’ is...
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Paper DOI: 10.2495/WM040461
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