The following decision trees have been designed to guide readers through different decision-making scenarios that follow the waste reduction hierarchy. The steps that are suggested first are those that can maximise a reduction in waste.
The Decision Trees demonstrate a simple but effective step by step process that businesses can follow to reduce or even completely eliminate waste.
At the same time, the decision trees are realistic, not all businesses can reduce or eliminate single-use items and not all businesses can implement reusable or refillable alternatives at this time, hence the importance of the waste hierarchy.
It is important to avoid the habit of replacing single-use plastic products with other single-use alternatives as doing so may reduce plastic consumption, but it simply switches the burden of waste from one material to another. It is important that any plastic reduction activities are part of a wider waste reduction strategy that encourages a reduction in overall consumption.