Monday, April 19, 2010

A Heads Up to CFOs About Making Recycling a Producer Responsibility

From CFO Magazine, April 19, 2010:

Just whose trash is it, anyway? In March, Maine became the latest state to mandate that certain products and forms of packaging remain the responsibility of those who make them, up to and including the time the products are thrown away.  ...

Advocates of EPR say that only by shifting these costs to manufacturers or importers will they have any incentive to design products that use less (and less toxic) materials and packaging. "One of the goals of extended producer responsibility is to drive green design," says Bill Sheehan, executive director with the Product Policy Institute. "Right now, we have a broken feedback loop where disposal isn't part of the product price."

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