A case for producer responsibility

June 5, 2018, Resource Recycling: "With so much focus on the recycling crisis, we tend to overlook the root cause of the problem: the glut of short-lived consumer products and packaging.

In the current system, manufacturers who profit from the sale of their wares have little incentive to make durable products or minimal, easily recycled packaging, or to incorporate recycled feedstock in their packaging.

Producers are selling us millions of tons of products for billions of dollars. Most will be disposed within six months.

Packaging, alone, accounts for about 30% of our waste and about 60% of our recycling stream.

With help from the consumer product manufacturers that helped to create this crisis, it will be possible to resurrect and revitalize our recycling industry, create domestic markets for its products, and make our disposal system more sustainable."