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
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
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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