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One Pacific Northwest city has over a decade consistently surveyed residents about recycling awareness. The process has helped demonstrate the long-term effectiveness of outreach tied to a range of material types, including several covered by product stewardship programs.

Does it matter whether we pay for recycling through rates and taxes versus paying for recycling as part of the cost of the product?

Product-oriented policies are increasingly being used by all levels of government to address concerns regarding material use and toxicity throughout the life cycle of the products we use. Numerous states and provinces have laws that address electronics, paint, mercury-containing devices, beverages, and other products. If future laws and policy tools are to best balance the needs of all stakeholders, it is essential that all interested parties become literate in this area.

By reaching out to the private sector, local governments can make a big difference in e-waste recycling efforts.

The Holy Grail for cause-related marketing and other community-based social marketing efforts is establishing a metric by which you can measure whether your well-intentioned, carefully-crafted efforts have had a measurable impact on the human behaviors you are attempting to influence.

The limits of traditional regulatory approaches in addressing environmental problems, combined with a sharpened focus on the environmental impacts of products and the growing role of corporate-led environmental initiatives, have fueled a growing international trend toward product stewardship.

While collection volumes for used oil are accurately estimated, the amount of oil generated by do-it-yourselfers – and therefore available for collection – is less well known. The challenge is compounded by the unavailability of sales figures for new oil, and because considerable volumes of oil drip from, or are burned in, car engines.

Before describing how a remote geographic corner of the United States, with less than 2 percent of the country’s market share, is attempting to influence the structure of commercial transactions and the nature of product design in this country, it is important to set out a few definitions.

Each year, the packaging industry does roughly $84 billion worth of business. It’s the third largest industry in the country, larger than most of the industries it serves, and it employs more people than any other single industry. The waste generated from this tremendous amount of packaging is, unfortunately, all too often ignored.

“This guidebook – written by lawyers for lawyers – is concise, well-written, and full of creative ideas about waste prevention. It is an excellent resource for the legal profession and anyone interested in waste prevention.” Seattle City Council Member

The problems associated with the improper disposal of motor oil are well known and well documented, but what can one individual city do?

Washington Citizens for Recycling initiated efforts to increase the use of re-refined motor oil by public and private sector vehicle fleets.

The ideal of neutrality in public sector mediation obscures more than it clarifies. Worse still, it distracts our attention from the skilled, ethical judgements every mediator must make in practice.

To explore the political and ethical influence mediators inevitably exert as they manage dispute resolution processes, we have designed a scorable three-party mediation exercise for teaching and research that allows us to investigate activist, non-neutral mediation strategies.