Every day we each usehundreds of products<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
Many of these products – and their packaging – impact the environment and health in unintended ways<br />Prepared by the P...
Many goods are designed to be obsolete in just a few years. <br />there is no cost to business to continue to throw away m...
For one thing, this results in a lot of stuff…<br />…each American throws away about 1,600 pounds of trash every year, muc...
When we dispose of materials, instead of recycling them, we need to extract more virgin resources to make new products…whi...
Some products contain toxic substances that can be released to the environment in the waste stream…<br />Prepared by the P...
Some products are associated with other unintended impacts…such as drug abuse or hazards to workers…<br />.<br />Prepared ...
Still other products may pose operational challenges in the waste stream.<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institu...
Today, we look to local governments to manage this<br />increasingly complex waste stream…<br />Prepared by the Product St...
This costs money! <br />In 2009, Nebraska spent an estimated $2 million tax dollars to manage household hazardous waste…<b...
Government and<br />taxpayers can’t solve this problem alone…<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
The Solution <br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
Where do we go from here? <br />Product stewardship directs all those involved in the life cycle of a product to take resp...
While everyone has a role<br />to play,<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
product stewardship asks those who,<br />Make<br />& Sell<br />Design <br />the products to take the greatest responsibili...
This responsibility extends<br />beyond the point of sale, <br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
When manufacturers set up and pay for collection programs,<br /> this is called “extended producer responsibility”<br />Pr...
Extended Producer Responsibility<br /><ul><li> creates  more opportunities for collection,
shifts the burden of collecting products off of local governments, and
 provides an incentive for manufacturers to design products that are easier to recycle (or have fewer impacts in the first...
“EPR” is already happening in Nebraska, through several voluntary initiatives:<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship In...
Some states are passing laws to require manufacturers to collect their products<br />As of October 2010, <br />there are m...
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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.
  • Why We Need Product Stewardship

    1. 1. Every day we each usehundreds of products<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    2. 2. Many of these products – and their packaging – impact the environment and health in unintended ways<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    3. 3. Many goods are designed to be obsolete in just a few years. <br />there is no cost to business to continue to throw away more and more material <br />there are no incentives to create products that last longer or are more easily recycled<br />Under the current system there is a lack of incentive to design better products <br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    4. 4. For one thing, this results in a lot of stuff…<br />…each American throws away about 1,600 pounds of trash every year, much of it products and packaging!<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    5. 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.<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    6. 6. Some products contain toxic substances that can be released to the environment in the waste stream…<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    7. 7. Some products are associated with other unintended impacts…such as drug abuse or hazards to workers…<br />.<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    8. 8. Still other products may pose operational challenges in the waste stream.<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    9. 9. Today, we look to local governments to manage this<br />increasingly complex waste stream…<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    10. 10. This costs money! <br />In 2009, Nebraska spent an estimated $2 million tax dollars to manage household hazardous waste…<br />…and they weren’t able to collect all the problematic product & packaging waste that was out there.<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    11. 11. Government and<br />taxpayers can’t solve this problem alone…<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    12. 12. The Solution <br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    13. 13. Where do we go from here? <br />Product stewardship directs all those involved in the life cycle of a product to take responsibility for the impacts to human health and the natural environment that result from the production, use, and end-of-life management of the product.<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    14. 14. While everyone has a role<br />to play,<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    15. 15. product stewardship asks those who,<br />Make<br />& Sell<br />Design <br />the products to take the greatest responsibility<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    16. 16. This responsibility extends<br />beyond the point of sale, <br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    17. 17. When manufacturers set up and pay for collection programs,<br /> this is called “extended producer responsibility”<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    18. 18. Extended Producer Responsibility<br /><ul><li> creates more opportunities for collection,
    19. 19. shifts the burden of collecting products off of local governments, and
    20. 20. provides an incentive for manufacturers to design products that are easier to recycle (or have fewer impacts in the first place)</li></ul>Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    21. 21. “EPR” is already happening in Nebraska, through several voluntary initiatives:<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    22. 22. Some states are passing laws to require manufacturers to collect their products<br />As of October 2010, <br />there are more than 60 state laws mandating EPR<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    23. 23. In addition to EPR, there are a number of other product stewardship strategies that can be implemented along the way…<br /><ul><li> Retailers, government, and other organizations can collect products for recycling or safe disposal to create product stewardship infrastructure
    24. 24. We can maximize the use of the voluntary EPR programs that exist today
    25. 25. Consumers and government agencies can choose to purchase greener products
    26. 26. Businesses can develop and promote greener products</li></ul>Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />
    27. 27. Click below to learn about more about to learn more about things that we can alldo to promoteproduct stewardship<br />Prepared by the Product Stewardship Institute<br />

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