[GRRN] EPR/ADF programs

From: Reindl, John (Reindl@co.dane.wi.us)
Date: Mon Sep 18 2000 - 11:37:16 EDT

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    Hi Sharon ~
    I don't have any specific legislation to share, but you might want to look
    at the web page for the western Canada provinces that have set up an EPR/ADF
    program for motor oil, oil filters and oil containers.
    The site address is http://www.usedoilrecycling.com, and I have found the
    Alberta program well documented (click on Alberta, and then on information).

    In this program, the industry puts a fee on the sale of the above products
    and uses the money to fund a collection and recycling program. The web page
    includes their business plan, their results (ahead of expectations), and the
    history. I have also found that the organization is very willing to share
    other information.
    The industry decided that they know their products better than government
    and that they could run the program more efficiently than government could.
    They got some legislation adopted to make it work.
    Canada has several such systems for a variety of consumer products and seems
    way ahead of us in the US. Some foreign countries have similar systems. For
    example, in Norway, under a national law, the manufacturers and importers of
    all electrical devices (wire to light bulbs to computers to all electrical
    appliances to motors) put a fee on the sale of the product and use this
    money to fund a recovery program. The information is on the web, but,
    unfortunately, not in English.
    I hope that this helps.
    John Reindl, Recycling Manager
    Dane County, Wisconsin
    Dear Colleagues:
    Although this is not specifically a solid recycling question, I hope that I
    can draw on the expertise of the wide range of professional to help me. I
    am looking for samples of legislative language for Extended Producer
    Responsibility (EPR) or advanced disposal fees (ADF). Specifically, I am
    looking for language that could be adopted to add a fee to pay for
    collection, recycling, and disposal of products handled by our Household
    Hazardous Waste Program.
    If you have any information regarding proposed or existing legislation
    dealing with fees for post-consumer product management, please contact me
    directly or respond to the listserve.
    Thank you in advance for your assistance.
    Sharon Dowell, HHW Program Manager
    Santa Clara County, Department of Environmental Health
    P.O. Box 28070
    San Jose, California 95159-8070
    voice: (408) 299-6688
    fax: (408) 280-6479

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