8 What can local governments do?


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These slides offer some specific suggestions for things that retailers and other businesses can do to make product stewardship happen.

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8 What can local governments do?

  1. 1. What Can Local Governments Do? Contents: These slides offer some additional explanation of product stewardship focusing on the local government role, as well as specific suggestions for things that local governments can do to make product stewardship happen.
  2. 2. The amount of waste generated has continued to rise & costs of waste management continue to rise
  3. 3. Local governments are responsible for dealing with any and all waste that comes their way. They have no control over: - the quantity of waste - or the materials
  4. 4. Our current system is wasting valuable resources & And it is expensive.
  5. 5. Government-funded programs are still not collecting all household hazardous waste : • Local governments don’t have the budget to adequately promote & expand these programs •People don’t know they should not throw away certain goods with their trash. Did you know? A 30” TV contains 8 lbs of lead?
  6. 6. Because people do not have adequate disposal options, taxpayer dollars are spent to clean up the resulting mess
  7. 7. Either picking up goods that have been illegally discarded
  8. 8. Or through environmental remediation needed to remove the toxic substances from our drinking water and soils
  9. 9. An alternate model: Product Stewardship Producers rather than government assume responsibility for the management of certain goods Many businesses are already doing this in Nebraska on a voluntary basis
  10. 10. An alternate model: Product Stewardship The Old Way: The New Way: Government- managed  Businesses manage programs costs Government responsibility  Businesses responsible Visible ‘deposits’  Cost of safe customers saw on management included their receipts (ex. tires) in the product’s cost (like marketing costs) This public money could be better spent on education or infrastructure rather than managing unused paint or tires
  11. 11. So how will product stewardship change local government’s role?  Choose whether to continue collecting products  Get reimbursed for costs to manage products that are covered by product stewardship programs  Focus your resources on other needs in the community
  12. 12. Does this mean local governments won’t collect waste products any more? • No! In most cases, you can CHOOSE whether to continue to collect if it works for you. • Retailers may also start to collect the product(s) as well.
  13. 13. How would it work? Flow of Goods: Consumers Local Gov’t Producers • Dispose of • Serve as • Reimburse goods at collection local gov’t for collection points collection centers or (depending • Responsible curbside on the for program & transportation arrangement & recycling of made with their goods producers)
  14. 14. How would it work? Flow of Money: Costs would be included in the purchase price.
  15. 15. Start today! The Call2Recycle program is free to everyone. Simply sign up online to get a free collection box and when it’s full simply send it in the mail to the recycling facility (shipping is free). All costs are covered by battery manufacturers.
  16. 16. What can local governments do to promote product stewardship? 1. Encourage residents to take advantage of existing programs (mail-back & retail) 2. Provide input to policy makers about how existing systems are working 3. Advocate for local ordinances and state laws 4. Conduct pilot programs to test new systems for collection
  17. 17. What can local governments do to promote product stewardship? 5. Reach out to retailers to build support, encourage them to collect 6. Raise awareness/educate your management 7. Learn about what’s happening in other states & countries 8. Reach out to manufacturers to ensure they implement their national programs in Nebraska