Zero Waste Economy


With accountability for impacts, the private sector gains incentives to creatively innovate ways to recover resources and avoid waste. This avoids additional mining, burning and dumping and supplies the resources for the future economy in a way that is sustainable.  This also reduces carbon emissions. 

Currently local municipalities are tasked with primary responsibility for recycling and waste disposal, even though they have little influence on the nature of these waste.  This is separation from accountability for the businesses and consumers that benefitted. The practice of mixing kitchen scraps, electronics, paper, furniture, ET waste results in a toxic mix that is a longterm liability to the future. 

Current practices of recycling seldom result in reducing the need to extract virgin materials.  We can do better!    

I support Extended Producer Responsibility  

This is a concept that task producers of products with the responsibility for impacts from mining to waste or resource recovery.

I support:

Deposit Legislation on Food and Beverage Containers.

This would place a deposit on containers to return to collection centers. Currently collection centers are run by municipalities.  The deposit motivates the consumer support for returns.  If compliance is low, the deposit will increase until near full recovery is achieved.  Product manufacturer and retailer would be charged full cost of managing the returns to achieve full accountable recycling.  If the private sector determines they can achieve this more efficiently than government run collection centers, they would have that option. 

Deposit Legislation on Appliances 

would mandate that the purchase price include a deposit to be returned to the owner of the product when no longer useful to return it to the merchant for delivery back to the manufacturer.  The manufacturer is responsible for the cost of safe management of the depleted product.  If dumping is their best option, business would fund the cost of appropriately regulated disposal.  With the responsibility for the waste, the business will have the incentive to regain the value of the material by repairing or recovering parts not warn out or recycling to be formed into new products.  High waste recovery is rewarded with lower disposal cost to motivate creative unregulated business planning and product design

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