Craig Lorch, owner of Total Reclaim and EcoLights NW, explains the need for product stewardship at the Feb. 5 House hearing: "Recyclers are savvy business people and we're willing to take risks but we don't go where we're going to lose money with every pound or gallon of material we process. Product stewardship programs belong where there are market failures, where the recovered materials do not have enough value to pay for the collection system...[read more]"
What is Product Stewardship?
Product Stewardship is an environmental management strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact throughout all stages of the products' life cycle. The greatest responsibility lies with whoever has the most ability to affect the life cycle environmental impacts of the products. The mission of the Council is to integrate product stewardship principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest.