Chemical Programs

Designers, manufacturers and producers should take responsibility for minimizing the environmental and health impacts of their products. Where no alternatives to toxic components and ingredients exist, the producer should be responsible for assisting in the management of the product at the end of life. Policies that restrict toxic chemicals and promote safer alternatives result in safer products that are easier to reuse and recycle. Chemical policy reform should:

  • Restrict the use of certain hazardous and toxic chemicals and materials.
  • Require that all chemical and material manufacturers evaluate and report the environmental and human health hazards of these chemicals and materials to a regulatory body for registration and approval or denial prior to production and sale.
  • Require that producers disclose all chemicals used in their manufacturing processes and products.
  • Require that producers provide clear and uniform environmental, health hazard and safety information to sellers, for all materials and products, which can then be provided to their customers in an audience-appropriate format.
  • Promote, or are consistent with, the precautionary principle to protect health and the environment.
  • Require the producer to be responsible, either physically or financially, for the end-of-life management of disposal products containing a toxic chemical.

Read more about solutions and recommendations in the NWPSC Chemical Policy Subcommittee Issue Paper (PDF file, 70KB).



The NWPSC efforts in chemicals policy and product stewardship are supported by representatives from Oregon Department of Environmental QualityPublic Health-Seattle and King CountyThurston County Public Health and Social ServicesMetro, PortlandWashington State Department of EcologyKing County Solid Waste Division, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County and the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition.

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