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  • The first problem is…
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces about 4.4 pounds (2 kg) of garbage a day, or a total of 29 pounds (13 kg) per week and 1,600 pounds (726 kg) a year
  • This is a mine in Germany. This is a technique known as surface mining.
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    • 1. Every day we each usehundreds of products
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    • 2. Many of these products – and their packaging – impact the environment and health in unintended ways
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    • 3. Many goods are designed to be obsolete in just a few years.
      there is no cost to business to continue to throw away more and more material
      there are no incentives to create products that last longer or are more easily recycled
      Under the current system there is a lack of incentive to design better products
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    • 4. For one thing, this results in a lot of stuff…
      …each American throws away about 1,600 pounds of trash every year, much of it products and packaging!
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    • 5. When we dispose of materials, instead of recycling them, we need to extract more virgin resources to make new products…which consumes energy and can cause other environmental impacts.
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    • 6. Some products contain toxic substances that can be released to the environment in the waste stream…
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    • 7. Some products are associated with other unintended impacts…such as drug abuse or hazards to workers…
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    • 8. Still other products may pose operational challenges in the waste stream.
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    • 9. Today, we look to local governments to manage this
      increasingly complex waste stream…
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    • 10. This costs money!
      In 2009, Nebraska spent an estimated $2 million tax dollars to manage household hazardous waste…
      …and they weren’t able to collect all the problematic product & packaging waste that was out there.
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    • 11. Government and
      taxpayers can’t solve this problem alone…
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