Producer responsibility programs a big success

TVs and ComputersFor more than a dozen years, Zero Waste Washington has spoken out for producer responsibility. We want manufacturers to provide convenient and responsible recycling programs for the products they make. We’ve tenaciously and strategically educated, organized, collaborated, written policy, and lobbied to make this approach a reality. Now, two landmark producer responsibility laws for electronics and mercury-containing lights are operating in Washington. And a medicine take-back program is in the works in King County.

Have these programs made a difference? Yes!!

Since manufacturers launched E-Cycle Washington in 2009, over 300 million pounds of computers and TVs have been collected for recycling! The program is available free-of-charge to residents, schools, nonprofits, small businesses and small governments. With 345 collection locations around Washington, 90% of residents have a drop-off site within 10 miles of their home. When the groundbreaking electronics producer responsibility law passed in Washington in 2006, it was only the third such law in the country. Now, 23 states have similar laws.

LightCycle Washington completed its first year of operation in 2015 and collected almost 1 million fluorescent and other mercury-containing lights for recycling. This producer-provided program has established over 300 collection sites in Washington where residents and businesses can recycle up to 10 mercury-containing lights per day for free.

Soon, another producer responsibility program will be up and running. A secure medicine take-back program is set to launch by mid-June in King County. Zero Waste Washington advocated for this local policy and we are excited to see it become a reality.

Last Updated (Friday, 29 April 2016 17:46)