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[GreenYes] Re: RE: [jtrnet] Packaging Policy Models.


[sorry re double posting]
Resa,
The strongest packaging/policy model I'm aware of is Germany's Green Dot program. Ontario has a similar policy/program called Stewardship Ontario.  To sell products, e.g, a computer, in those places, the first importer must register, estimate the weight of plastic and paper fractions, and pay surcharge on a per-gram basis. The surcharge varies depending on material type.
The fee is payable to a 3rd party organization, which in turn pays for the share of the recycling costs in the region incurred by the packaging.

It would be fantastic if NYC could do something like this!

Let me know if you need more information.  [We met 3 summers ago in NYC, at a CTBC meeting, hope you're well.]
Regards,
Anne Peters
Gracestone, Inc.
Boulder, CO
303.494.4934 vox
303.494.4880 fax



Jacobs (Glansberg), Linda wrote:
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I use the smaller concentrated detergent ever since I purchased a front-loading washing machine.  There is a notice on the machine itself that you should only use "he" detergents.  The smaller bottles are all labeled "he."  It amazes me how little detergent I need every time I pour it in.  I think these new machines are in part driving increase in the smaller bottles
 
(PS - sorry Resa, that this discussion is delivering nothing of value in the way of packaging policy models!)
 
 

Linda (Jacobs) Glansberg
Environmental Services Unit
Empire State Development
30 South Pearl St.
Albany, New York  12245
Hours: MT,W,F,   8 am - 4pm,
(518) 292.5346
(518) 292-5886 fax
ljacobs@no.address
http://www.nylovesbiz.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Chaz Miller [mailto:CMILLER@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 3:29 PM
To: Public and non-profit recycling market developers
Subject: RE: [jtrnet] Packaging Policy Models

Amy

 

Interesting piece of information about All.  Did Whalen say anything in his presentation about consumer acceptance of the highly concentrated product?

As I recall, Proctor and Gamble vigorously promoted concentrated liquid detergents as a reduced package in the early 90’s.  To get the product to sell, they had to change consumer ideas about product size and had to convince potential buyers that a small amount of concentrated detergent was more effective than a larger amount of “non-concentrated” detergent.  I don’t know how successful they were, but I don’t think the product is available any more.  And their cold power Tide, which benefits the environment by eliminating hot water, doesn’t seem to be a big seller.

Out of curiosity I went down to the local grocery store and looked at the detergent section.  The new All is there.  The bottle label prominently touts the benefits of being triple concentrated – it boasts it is “small and mighty”.  The label brags about the easier, smaller bottle size and that you don’t need as much detergent to do the job.  The copy is good, but I don’t know how carefully the average shopper reads the label.  The price is better than many competing, non-concentrated products.  And most importantly, the product was on the “best” shelf – the one that is at “average person” eye level and as a result, has the best sales.   

 

Chaz


From: bounce-676149-474849@no.address [mailto:bounce-676149-474849@no.address]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 11:35 AM
To: Chaz Miller
Subject: Re: [jtrnet] Packaging Policy Models

 

Hi, Resa:

Congratulations on the new job!

Walmart is  has done a lot to reduce packaging. I heard a presentation recently by John Whalen with Blu Skye, a consultant to Walmart. He said Walmart worked with Unilever to concentrate and compact their bottles of All detergent. With a 3x concentration, the “Small and Mighty All” saved:
478.1 million gallons of water
20.7 million gallons of diesel fuel
2.79 million truck trips
128.9 million pounds of plastic resin.

In addition, because more units of the detergent can be stocked on the shelves at one time, it cut down on product out-of-stocks by 50%, and saved over $91 million in labor costs. Walmart is asking all of its suppliers to compact their bottles now.

Amy


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Amy Perlmutter
Principal, Perlmutter and Associates
Fellow, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, UMass
23 Avon Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-354-5456


----- Original Message -----
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To: Public and non-profit recycling market developers <mailto:jtrnet@no.address>  
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Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 9:49 AM
Subject: [jtrnet] Packaging Policy Models

Hi there -

I am researching policy/legislative proposals to encourage reduction, reuse and recycling of packaging materials.  I'd appreciate information on any models that are out there.  Thank you -
Resa Dimino
Special Assistant
Commissioner's Policy Office
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation


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