What does "prevention" refer to in the waste management hierarchy?

Hi! I'm taking an environmental studies class, and we discussed the concept of the [solid] waste management hierarchy.. It said that the number one option for most desirable wast management strategy was "Prevention" Followed by "Minimization/Reduction" then, "Re-use", then "Recycle"... and so on until land fill at the bottom of the list. My question: What exactly does "prevention" mean in this context, and how is it different from "Minimization/reduction"? I appreciate your help!

Asked By: - 10/10/2010
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I envision prevention in terms of preventing waste from being generated in the first place. This can be done by engineering your production process such that you don't generate waste, or generate far less waste than done previously. In practice, this might be done by using feedstocks that are not inherently hazardous... More
Answered By: Homer - 10/13/2010
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well let's say we're talking about oil spills... More
Answered By: relala_exe - 10/11/2010
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