Six Suggestions for Your Community
The best management practice for HHW combines various strategies to address the different types and sources of wastes in the most affordable and efficient method. Components of a comprehensive program include the following:
Hazardous consumer products are still being developed and sold, so we can anticipate greater volumes and costs of hazardous waste disposal in the future.
Several states are turning to "product stewardship" for hard-to-manage products. Product stewardship is also being encouraged in the U.S. by international trade organizations. The current U.S. focus is on electronics, mercury containing products, pesticides, paint, and carpet (which is non-hazardous but presents a difficult disposal problem). Under agreements worked out between government and business, the responsibility and costs for managing these products safely would be shared among manufacturers, distributors, and consumers. Product stewardship includes other strategies such as incentives for redesigning products to eliminate the hazard, building products for durability and recyclability, take-back programs and deposits (currently employed by automotive batteries).
It is likely that product stewardship will play a more significant role in household hazardous waste management in the future. Anticipating this, many states are reluctant to invest in programs to collect electronics and other problem wastes now. They are concerned that program sustainability cannot be achieved through government funding alone. National efforts toward product stewardship can be followed through the Product Stewardship Institute, at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
Publications from across the country that identify specific alternatives have been collected as part of the links on this topic hub. By searching the links for this section you can find selected publications describing alternatives for paint, garden chemicals, cleaners, batteries, aerosols, mercury, and automotive products. As this resource grows, a single link for each type will be created to automatically make this sort for you.
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Hub Last Updated: 5/7/2009
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