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Business Community - Take-Back Programs

Across the country, landfills and back lots are filling up with the detritus of America's disposable lifestyle. As a result, the reality that the true "cost" of a product includes the price of disposal is beginning to taking hold with consumers.

Certainly any retailer in your town who sells readily recyclable products − newspapers, magazines, paper supplies, soda, bottled water, bottled drinks, small electronics or cell phones − has a responsibility to provide a convenient method for customers to recycle those products at the point of purchase.

Many manufacturers of computers, printers, fax machines and scanners are developing their own take-back programs, and local retailers should promote these programs to customers.

Local purveyors of materials which should never enter the waste stream − batteries, motor oil, paint, prescription drugs, lawn chemicals, pesticides, pest control products and solvents − share the responsibility for their proper disposal.

Who's Doing It Right
EPEAT is the definitive global registry for greener electronics. It's an easy-to-use resource for purchasers, manufacturers, resellers and others wanting to find or promote environmentally preferable products.

Who's Doing It Right
The Take it Back Network is the product of a partnership between the King County (WA) Solid Waste Division and Seattle Public Utilities in which retailers, repair shops, charitable organizations and recyclers provide consumers with options for recycling certain products − and their hazardous components − in a safe and cost effective manner.

How Green Is My Town? is a program of Grassroots Environmental Education
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