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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.
  • 2 What is the problem?

    1. 1. What is the Problem?Contents:These slides give a brief overview of the problems posed by the unintended impacts ofconsumer products and packaging. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider andInstitute Prepared by the Product Stewardship employer.
    2. 2. Every day we each use hundreds of products This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    3. 3. Currently many goods are designed to beobsolete 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 This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    4. 4. Many of theseproducts – andtheir packaging – impact the environment and health in unintended ways This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    5. 5. For one thing, this results in a lotof stuff… …each American throws away about1,600 pounds of trash every year, much of itproducts and packaging! This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    6. 6. 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. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    7. 7. Some products contain toxic substances thatcan be released to the environment in thewaste stream… This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    8. 8. Some products are associated with .other unintended impacts…such asdrug abuse or hazards to workers… This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    9. 9. Still otherproducts maypose operationalchallenges in thewaste stream. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    10. 10. Today, we look to local governments to manage thisincreasingly complex wastestream… This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    11. 11. This costs money!We spend millions of tax dollars tomanage household hazardouswaste……and still are not able tocollect all theproblematic product &packaging waste thatwas out there. This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.
    12. 12. Government andtaxpayerscan’tsolve thisproblemalone… This presentation was prepared by The Product Stewardship Institute, an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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