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  • Source: US EPA
  • In 2008, we generated 3.16 million tons of e‐waste in the U.S. Of this amount, only 430,000 tons or 13.6 % was recycled, according to the EPA. In Nebraska we recycled less than 1%. Census estimates Nebraska Population, 2009 =.5% of US population (NE= 1,796,619 US 307,006,550) therefore Nebraska generated approximately 32,000,000 pounds of e-waste but only collected 62,000 pounds (or less than 1%)
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    • 1. What Can Local Governments Do?Contents:These slides offer some additional explanation of product stewardshipfocusing on the local government role, as well as specific suggestions forthings that local governments can do to make product stewardship happen. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 2. The amount of waste generated has continued to rise & costs of waste management continue to rise This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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 This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 4. Our current system is wasting valuable resources & it is expensive. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 5. Government-funded programs are still notcollecting all household hazardous waste :• Local governments don’thave the budget toadequately promote &expand these programs•People don’t know theyshould not throw awaycertain goods with theirtrash. Did you know? A 30” TV contains 8 lbs of lead? This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 6. Because people do not have adequatedisposal options, taxpayer dollars arespent to clean up the resulting mess This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 7. Either picking up goods that have been illegally discardedThis presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 8. Or through environmental remediationneeded to remove the toxic substancesfrom our drinking water and soils This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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 basisThis presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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 tiresThis presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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 This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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.This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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)This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 14. How would it work? Flow of Money:Consumers Local Gov’t Producers • Drop off • Serve as • Reimburse local goods (no fee collection gov’t for collection charged at points • The cost of these drop-off) • Some programs are operational incorporated into costs the price of the reimbursed good (just like marketing) Costs would be included in the purchase price. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 15. Start today!The Call2Recycle program is free to everyone. Simply sign up onlineto get a free collection box and when it’s full simply send it in themail to the recycling facility (shipping is free). All costs are coveredby battery manufacturers. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 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 working3. Advocate for local ordinances and state laws4. Conduct pilot programs to test new systems for collection This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    • 17. What can local governments doto promote productstewardship? 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 NebraskaThis presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.