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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.
  • The solution

    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 />

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