Product stewardship programs
Product stewardship, sometimes called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), places the focus on producers of materials that are impactful to the waste system and environment. The idea is that producers need to fund management of their product material, not just at the manufacturing stage, but also at the end of its useful life.
At Ecology, we have programs dedicated to overseeing product stewardship for priority products:
Electronics recycling: E-Cycle Washington
A free program for recycling broken, obsolete, or worn-out electronics.
Paint recycling: PaintCare
Free recycling of architectural paint.
Mercury lights: LightRecycle
Free mercury lights recycling.
Solar panel stewardship
Recycling infrastructure programs
Recycling Development Center
Contamination reduction in the recycling system