Definition of precycling in English:



  • [mass noun] The practice of seeking to reduce consumer waste by buying unpackaged, reusable, or recyclable products, using one's own bags, etc.:

    ‘precycling aims to get people to think about packaging and products before making their purchases’
    • ‘Precycling represents the stage before recycling and, unlike recycling, it expends little energy.’
    • ‘It's not just about how you dispose of products and packaging anymore: it's about being conscious about products you buy in the first place. That's the idea behind precycling.’
    • ‘In addition to reusing waste, adopting a policy of "pre-cycling" - that is, reducing waste generation altogether - can help any frame shop save money.’
    • ‘New York's State Department of Environmental Conservation offers a number of online educational and information publications on waste reduction, addressing topics including precycling, reuse, and composting.’
    • ‘FPA makes the distinction between recycling and "pre-cycling" - reusing an existing packaging versus using less material at the source.’