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Recycling Rate and Target
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Recycling Rate and Target

Ver. 1, March 2013 Series:
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Michikazu Kojima
C. Visvanathan
2013-03

The Recycling Rate and Target is often presented as a proportional value (%) and reflects the proportion of materials recycled or recovered from waste or the rate of inclusion of recycled materials in products. High figures usually imply progress in recycling activities. The indicator has several different aspects: 1) Ratio of recycled materials used in a certain product at the production stage (rate of utilisation of recycled materials); 2) Ratio of materials recycled or recovered from end of life or waste products; 3) Ratio of collected used materials for recycling purpose (collection rate); 4) Waste diversion rate; the rate or percentage of a potentially recyclable material that has been diverted out of the waste disposal stream and therefore not entering landfills.

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