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Recycling cannot meet the demand for rare metals: article

"A more holistic approach is needed" to track and manage the flows of rare earth (or technology) metals used in modern technology, according to a Dec. 31, 2013 article in the journal Nature.

Waste Management: Recycling and the Power of Networks

The president and CEO of Waste Management, David Steiner, wrote in a Dec. 30, 2013 Waste 360 column about the challenges facing the modern waste collection and recycling infrastructure and industry, calling for "a shared responsibility for recycling." Steiner notes the challenge of "the changing waste stream, which has resulted in very different types of materials in the recycling stream...

Designing products to retrieve valuable components: article

A Dec. 15, 2013 New York Times article on electronic products, conserving with consumer technology, and product design for recycling spoke with EPEAT and the Green Electronics Council, WRAP in the UK, Phonebloks, Greenpeace, and the Information Technology Industry Council.

NPR: California County Pushes Drugmakers To Pay For Pill Waste

NPR's All Things Considered ran a story on Jan. 3, 2014 on Alameda County, CA's drug take-back law and the pharmaceutical industry's lawsuit. Alameda County Supervisor Miley, CPSC's Heidi Sanborn, and a representative from PhRMA about the Medicine Take-Back Ordinance were interviewed.

Amazon's battle against wire ties and plastic clamshells continues: article

In a Dec. 6, 2013 article, Plastics Today covers Amazon's effort to improve customer experience and reduce waste through its Frustration-Free Packaging program.

EPR should do more on ecodesign: article

European Environment and Packaging Law wrote on Dec. 4, 2013 about a paper by two French senators ("A better product design for a better waste recovery") which looked at France's 16 EPR programs (including packaging, electronics, furniture, and paper) and concluded that current efforts to promote design improvements are not good enough.

The Road to More Effective EPR in the US: article

Jennifer Nash and Christopher Bosso, writing in Waste Management World, look at EPR programs. Among their conclusions:

Drug companies sue King County over take-back law

In a Nov. 29, 2013 story, KING 5 News covered a lawsuit filed by "groups representing the nation's major drug makers" against King County...

Job - NWPSC Hiring Washington Coordinator

PRR is looking for a skilled communications professional to be the Washington Coordinator for the Northwest Product Stewardship Council, and to provide fully dedicated support to the Washington Steering Committee members. Read more and apply through PRR.

Green Chemistry - The Good Stuff podcast

Listen to Annie Leonard talk with Clean Production Action's Bev Thorpe about the hidden chemical dangers in everday products and how designing materials and products without harmful chemicals promises to transform the relationship between us and our Stuff.

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