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Good waste management begins with preventing and reducing waste being generated, in the first place and it should have top priority in any waste management plan.Where waste material is produced, planners and managers must always choose the optimal treatment option, with the lowest possible risks to human health and the environment. EU waste measures have a hierarchic structure: prevention and minimisation, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal. By contributing to create a circular economy, treating and recycling waste, EU can obtain many social, environmental and economic benefits such as reducing environmental pressures, ensuring availability and security of vital resources, creating jobs and boosting competitiveness.EU estimates that full implementation of existing EU waste legislation could save EUR 72 billion a year by 2020, while creating over 400 000 jobs and increasing annual EU waste management and recycling sector turnover by EUR 42 billion.

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