Product Stewardship and the Challenges of a Circular Economy

There is a growing business movement toward the so-called circular economy, where we strive to keep resources and products continually in use. One important enabler to the ability to do this is product design. Another one is the recycling of products.

Policymakers tend to embrace recycling above all else.  So what makes a recycling program successful? Evaluating recycling efficiency rates has not proven to be enough. The behavior of consumers as they dispose of materials, product design, and government policy are pivotal to help guarantee a positive impact in our environment when disposing responsibly of materials.

Every day, thousands of new products, from portable electronics to power tools to toys, enter the marketplace with one thing in common: batteries. At the end of their useful life, many batteries are recycled but too many consumer batteries are also dumped in landfills. While recycling batteries is one way to address this, choosing the right recycling process also is important.  Another way would be to design products that are easier to disassemble and recycle, so that its materials can be reused and turned into new products.

In this hour-long webcast Call2Recycle’s CEO and President Carl Smith joins Energizer’s Director of Regulatory and Government Affairs, Marcus Boolish, and Betsy Dorn, RSE’s Recycling Expert and author of Shifting the Focus from End-of-Life Recycling to Continuous Product Lifecycles, in a discussion about how companies are dealing with the challenges presented as they work towards attaining a circular economy.

During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • The role of product stewardship in forwarding the principles of the circular economy
  • Selecting recycling processes to optimize the use of a circular economy
  • Managing the next generation of environment-friendly product lifecycle development efforts
  • Real-life examples of circular economy solutions developed in both the public and private sector

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