WMD - Product Stewardship E-Cycles

WMD - Product Stewardship Mercury

WMD - Product Stewardship Bottle Bill

WMD - Product Stewardship Paint

WMD - Product Stewardship Primary Batteries

Product Stewardship

One of the most effective strategies to prevent waste in the first place is to craft the design and manufacture of consumer products to minimize waste and environmental impact during every stage of the product's life cycle: production, use, and end-of-life.  By placing more responsibility on the entities with the greatest opportunities to minimize environmental impacts, environmental sustainability for consumer products can most effectively and efficiently be achieved.

Product Stewardship (PS) is the act of minimizing the health, safety, environmental, and social impacts of a product and its packaging throughout all life cycle stages, while also maximizing economic benefits. The producer of the product has the greatest ability to minimize adverse impacts, but other stakeholders, such as suppliers, retailers, and consumers, also play a role. Stewardship can be either voluntary or required by law.

Vermont's Product Stewardship Programs

Vermont has five product stewardship programs, which are required by Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation and ensure that convenient and environmentally sound recycling options exist for the specified materials. More information on these programs is available via the links at the top of this page.

Vermont's Extended Producer Responsibility Laws

The following EPR laws have been passed in Vermont:

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

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