Market & Economic Development

Pie Charts & Magnifying GlassIf real estate’s triplet maxim is location, location, location, the past few years have seen recycling’s axiomatic triad emerge as jobs, jobs, jobs.

Yet despite the Great Recession and heartbreaking unemployment, market development and economic activity in the context of resource conservation must go beyond the simple metric of employment.

Expanding use of recycled-content feedstock, increasing the purchase of environmentally-preferable goods, bringing local processing to town, expanding collection networks and ways to pay those collectors, and, yes, increasing job growth, all begin with the same things: relationships, trust, pragmatic quid pro quo, and sometimes with baseline legislation to level the playing field.

Full Circle has proven itself as an effective convener, facilitator, and participant in the often delicate and contentious process of market development. Creativity, humor, subject expertise, and close listening go a long way.

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Clothing Waste Prevention

Apparel Clothing & Textile 2

Still in planning stages, though with no shortage of need, this program will identify opportunities and potential partnerships to advance waste prevention of clothing in

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Climate Change Reduction through Environmentally-Preferable Purchasing

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The West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum — created by EPA Region 9 — developed a “toolkit” of resources and strategies to help public

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Electric Drive Vehicle End-of-Life Battery Market Research

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This market assessment sought to understand if the processing infrastructure for batteries from Electric Drive Vehicles (EDV) in North America will be sufficient for the

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Post-Consumer Ceramics & Non-Container Glass Market Development

Ceramic Jugs

Full Circle researched market expansion opportunities for recycling post-consumer ceramics and non-container glass, both of which present disposal problems for area thrift stores and other

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Re-Refined Oil Market Development

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Full Circle has devoted considerable time to used oil policy and program development. Core projects included expansion of used oil collection infrastructure, developing award-winning public

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Used Oil and HHW Collection, Outreach & Education

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This broadly recognized program—documented in a peer reviewed journal and a nationally-distributed trade magazine—has achieved a recycling rate above 90% for used motor oil from

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Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool

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EPEAT® is a comprehensive environmental rating system that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. The EPEAT approach was conceived and developed through the collaboration

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Federal Electronics Challenge

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The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to: purchase greener electronic products, reduce impacts of electronic products

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Carpet Processing, Recovery & Economic Development

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Early in this century, Full Circle’s David Stitzhal represented the Northwest Product Stewardship Council at a groundbreaking series of national stakeholder meetings. The assembled group

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Auto Shred Residue: Stakeholder Engagement & Market Development

Auto Dead Car

In this multi-year project, Full Circle’s Eden Mack and David Stitzhal have supported efforts by the WA State Department of Ecology and Region 10 EPA

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