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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Battery Management for the E-Waste Industry

SustainabilityStory_EWasteAlthough batteries may not be the primary material in your waste stream, they are integral of most products you manage – and they, too, should be handled appropriately. Are you confident that your customers’ batteries aren’t being inadvertently shipped overseas?

With support from over 200 industry stewards, Call2Recycle® is the premier battery recycling service provider to hundreds of electronic waste service companies in North America. As one of the most experienced and successful ...

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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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