Curbside Recycling: Will Convenience Increase Battery Collections?

Municipalities, waste management companies and recycling processors are joining together to find innovative and convenient ways to expand recycling. Curbside recycling is one area that municipalities are testing to see if recycling increases if curbside is used more. But the questions remain: What should be recycled at the curb and what should be reserved for drop off at recycling centers? What is the magic formula for increasing recycling at the consumer level?

Call2Recycle® research found convenience was a key component of ...

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Product Design and Collection: Keys to Shaping Sustainability – Environmental Leader

Product design and accessible collection are barriers to recycling. Over the last three decades, recycling programs across the nation have been able to increase participation and collections by successfully raising awareness and educating consumers about recycling and its greater mission. As a result, the U.S. has almost tripled the amount of materials recycled since 1985, according to the EPA.

While the rise in materials recycled year-over-year is encouraging, a gap still remains.

Product stewardship organizations—which work to minimize health, safety, environmental and ...

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Eco-Fees: Changing ‘Visibility Concerns’ to ‘Visible Change’ – Environmental Leader

Extended producer responsibility (EPR)—the practice of requiring the organization that produces a product or material to take responsibility for its end-of-life disposal—has sparked debate concerning “eco-fees,” a front-end charge for the disposal and recycling of products that take up space in landfills or are potentially harmful if they make their way into the waste stream.

Municipalities historically have borne the burden of proper recycling and disposal costs. Not surprisingly, these entities support EPR programs, which shift the financial responsibility from them ...

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Eco-fees: We’re missing the point

HiResOne of the goals of extended producer responsibility (EPR) is to provide funding, on the front end, for the disposal and recycling of products that are potentially harmful to the waste stream or may simply be a burden to handle.  Those fees, commonly known as “eco-fees”, may then be passed down to the purchaser either by being embedded in the product’s price or as a separate visible line item at the time ...

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Product Stewardship: Working to Minimize the Environmental Impacts of Products

Recently, I spoke with a young man in his early 20s about recycling and the conversation moved to product stewardship. I asked him if he knew what the term meant. He thought for a moment, shook his head and said, “Product stewardship, what’s THAT?

Industry insiders know the definition of product stewardship to be “the act of minimizing health, safety, environmental and social impacts, and maximizing economic benefits of a product and its packaging throughout all lifecycle stages.” And, ...

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