March 23, 2019
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inception, producer responsibility has been a key ingredient of
our program and agenda for achieving Zero Waste. Shifting the costs of
waste from taxpayers to brand owners and producers creates a powerful
economic incentive to design waste out of the system and substantially
reduce the use of toxic materials. Moreover, strategies like producer
responsibility that don’t rely on taxpayer dollars are increasingly
attractive to policy makers facing budget deficits and revenue shortfalls.
Today’s fiscal climate presents a moment of tremendous opportunity
to make producer responsibility for waste a reality.
Responsibility, or EPR, and including ‘producer take-back’
systems, describes policies and practices requiring product brand-owners
to take full physical or financial responsibility for the life-cycle impacts
of their products, from product design to end-of-life product management.
Responsibility has been a major movement since the early 1990s in other
countries, but it has been slower to take off in the United States. This
is beginning to change through collaborative endeavors like GRRN's Beverage
Take-Back Campaign (see below), the Computer TakeBack Campaign (see below),
the Clean Car
the Mercury Policy
and the work of Clean
Production Action [off-site],
Washington Citizens for Resource Conservation (which produced a Citizens
Guide to Producer Responsibility [off-site],) and Product Policy Institute [off-site].
PVC: Recycling Killer, Public Health Menace
PVC plastic recycling is a myth. It simply does not exist, cannot exist, and is not wanted. Furthermore, PVC poses significant harm to the public, the environment and the successful recycling of other plastics. Learn more about this issue and how to take action.
The national Computer TakeBack Campaign is a coordinated multi-state effort
to enact producer responsibility for discarded computers and consumer
electronics and push industry leader Dell Computer to “Take it
Back, Make it Clean, and Recycle Responsibly.” Learn more and get
involved through www.computertakeback.com [off-site].
Bottle bills are the ‘mother of producer responsibility legislation’ in North America. GRRN led a successful campaign to get Pepsi Cola and Coca-Cola to use recycled content in their plastic bottles as a first step towards increased beverage container takeback. GRRN also helped write a National Producer
Responsibility Bottle Bill expressly based on EPR principles which was introduced in the US Senate.
After years of unnecessary delay, the automakers ceased using mercury switches in 2003. But unless the cars that are already out there have been properly retired, mercury switches are still a possible hazard. Leare more about how you can be active here.
Dow! (Herbicide Threatens Composting)
The discovery of Dow’s
ultra-persistent herbicide, clopyralid, in compost around the country
is threatening not only growers and gardeners but community systems that
depend on composting to divert tons of yard waste, food, land-clearing
debris and other organic material from landfills.