AROW promotes the principles of Product Stewardship to shift how products are managed in Wisconsin's communities at the end of their useful lives. By working together, producers, consumers and government can achieve sustainable solutions.
"Product Stewardship is a product-centered approach to environmental protection that calls on those in the product life cycle - designers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers - to assume primary responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact through all stages of the product's life cycle and for paying the costs of managing the product at the end of its useful life." Read the full policy here.
AROW Product Stewardship Policy
What is Product Stewardship?
The act of minimizing health, safety, environmental
Stewardship can be either voluntary (product stewardship) or required by law (extended producer responsibility).
Many successful WRAP campaigns across the U.S. have helped communities keep plastic film out of their MRFs and increase the amount of plastic film collected for recycling at drop-off locations. Learn more here.
What is Extended Producer Responsibility?
EPR is a mandatory type of product stewardship that includes, at a minimum, the requirement that the producer's responsibility for their product extends to post-consumer management of that product and its packaging.
The E-Cycle Wisconsin program is an example of an EPR policy as it involves mandatory actions to improve recycling of a material. E-Cycle Wisconsin is a statewide, manufacturer-funded program that recycles certain electronics used in homes and schools. Each year, manufacturers of products covered by Wisconsin's electronics recycling law must pay for electronics to be recycled. This funding makes it easier for individuals and schools to recycle old electronics.
The E-Cycle Wisconsin program is supported by Wisconsin's electronics recycling law (2009 Wisconsin Act 50), which bans electronics such as TVs, computers, and cell phones from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators. Learn more here.
What is a Circular Economy?
2. Keep products and materials in use
3. Regenerate natural systems
Mohawk’s Recover program is an example of circular economy. Many Mohawk carpet products use post-consumer materials for their product manufacturing processes. Consumers may then recycle their old carpet through the Recover program, allowing those materials to be used again in new products. This process “closes the loop,” diverting from landfill and eliminating waste by extending a material’s useful life.
AROW believes product stewardship can minimize the product's life-cycle environmental impact by:
1. improving the design and manufacture of products and their packaging to facilitate their reuse, recycling, or recovery and
2. establishing programs to collect, process and reuse, recycle or recover products and their packaging when they are discarded.