Critical Considerations Can Mean Success or Failure for an EPR Program – Environmental Leader

Success in any industry invariably begets copycats. When a zombie movie dominates the box office, more zombie movies follow. And it’s not limited to just Hollywood. We’ve seen the same thing in public policy.

When some governments realized that privatizing services such as waste management could raise capital, many others followed. But copying success is no guarantee of continued success. There have been many bad zombie films. And there have been many instances where privatizing critical municipal services has resulted ...

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Sustainability Programs Are Even More Effective through Partnerships – Environmental Leader

Partners in Sustainability

While there is a lot of talk about manufacturer responsibility in product stewardship, retailers—as the middlemen between manufacturers and consumers—are emerging as a powerful force in environmental stewardship and sustainability. This new level of influence is being intentionally cultivated through strategic partnerships between retailers and manufacturers. Lowe’s and DeWalt, for example, have partnered together to sponsor tool trade-in events that provide both an opportunity and an incentive to ...

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Recycling in America: What’s Missing? – Environmental Leader

While recycling in the US continues to grow, one only has to look at Europe to appreciate how much further this country needs to go. The breadth of materials that are collected and recycled in Europe, particularly in northern European countries like the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, significantly exceed what is collected in the US. The collection rates on these materials seem unfathomably high to waste experts in the US. Much of this can be attributed to the general European ...

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Important Considerations for Product Stewardship Legislation – Environmental Leader

Product stewardship legislation has been proposed and considered in a number of states. Legislation is often used to compel various product manufacturers and industries to participate in a qualified program. However, hurdles stand in the way of enacting laws that would be beneficial for the environment, business, communities and future generations of people who will be affected by the outcome.

As product stewardship proponents, we need to identify ways to help facilitate adoption of these bills. This starts with a ...

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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, we know ...

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