The ladder


Waste policy should follow a hierarchy in waste management, which corresponds to 'Lansink's Ladder' (named after the proposer of the motion, passed unanimously by the Dutch Lower House in 1979).

The highest priority is waste prevention and in second place is the highest possible quality of material recovery. When recovery in the shape of re-use or recycling is not possible, priority is given to using the energy content of waste (after post-separation) as fuel in installations with high energy yields.

Incineration can also be utilized as a form of disposal, after which the energy generated can be re-used. The least desirable waste processing method, after incineration without energy re-use, is landfill, and therefore lowest on the ladder