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Offi cial Journal of the European Communities. List of Wastes established by the Commission Decision 2000/532/EC of 3 May 2000, amended in January 2001
Uploaded on Wednesday 22 Feb 2012
About the difficulties of classifying waste (and counting it)
A multitude of approaches exists to classify the various categories of waste. Waste can be sorted either by its origin (what activity has created it?), by its composition
(what is it made of?), by the level of danger it poses to humans and the environment, or by the way it is managed and treated. Each of these approaches will lead to a list of wastes, and often those definitions are overlapping – yet another fact that complicates the collection and interpretation of data about waste.