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The European environment – state and outlook 2010

The European environment – state and outlook 2010

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Waste - Why care? (SOER 2010)

Why Belgium cares about waste.

Key message

Waste management activities and the increasing demand of materials cause environmental pollution.

Waste management activities (landfill, incineration, etc) cause environmental pollution. Reducing and avoiding this pollution as much as possible contributes to a healthier environment and hence a better quality of life.

Also, the increasing production and consumption leads to an increasing demand of materials. This leads to depletion of resources - often not renewable - and to environmental pressures caused by the exploitation, transport and treatment of these resources. Therefore, Belgium is developing the recycling and re-use market, introducing material-efficient technologies and stimulating more environmentally friendly consumption.