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Wikipedia & Product Stewardship



Wikipedia is a "participatory" encyclopedia where users can comment on
content so that other users can see when another user thinks a
definition is inaccurate. I would suggest that those of you who are
interested in the definition of "product stewardship" log on to
Wikipedia and let people know what you think!

Lara
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Lara Sutherland
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Health Care Without Harm
ph: 303-377-7048
LSutherland@hcwh.org



Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 3:33:14 PM, ryoder@mail.unomaha.edu wrote:

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Date:    Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 3:33:14 PM
Subject: I may have learned something already Re: Rant: Who took the P2 out of Resource Conservation?
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It seems that I did not give credit due to the term, "product 
stewardship", at least according to some:
http://www.google.com/search?hs=SbU&hl=en&lr=&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&q=%22product+stewardship%22+definition&btnG=Search

see the EPA site:
http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/non-hw/reduce/epr/

But not all describe it this way. The wikipedia definition doesn't make 
product stewardship sound P2 friendly:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Product_stewardship

anyway, I freely admit my ignorance on the P2 connections to product 
stewardship, and that  it can deliver some P2 outcomes.

glad to learn of this omission and share it.

rick



Richard Yoder, PE
Director, P2ric.org
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street, RH308
Omaha, NE 68182
vox: 402-554-6257
fax: 402-554-6260
http://www.p2ric.org/

 
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Regional Information Center, is 
a proud member of the Pollution Prevention 
Resource Exchange, P2Rx.org. 




Rick Yoder <ryoder@mail.unomaha.edu> 
Sent by: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net
01/24/2006 02:22 PM
Please respond to
Rick Yoder <ryoder@mail.unomaha.edu>


To
p2tech@great-lakes.net, p2r7@p2ric.org
cc

Subject
Rant: Who took the P2 out of Resource Conservation?







The RFIP (described and linked below), "Resource Conservation Challenge 
(RCC) Grants Program (FY06" has three priorities to be funded at the 
national level; none of which include source reduction; all have a heavy 
emphasis  on recycling.  The closest language to P2 is in the first 
priority in section 1B: "(1) Reduce the generation and disposal of the 
following materials and waste streams through reuse, recycling, 
composting, market development or product stewardship:" 

Where in the description of how, i.e., " through reuse, recycling, 
composting, market development or product stewardship" does the prevention 
component (the reduced source generation) exist?  Only through reuse, I 
guess.  And not at all in priorities #2 & #3. As such, I don't see how the 
solicitation encourages proposals that address the "Reduce Waste 
Generation" portion of the EPA Strategic Plan Goal 3 Objective 3.1 
Sub-objective 3.1.1 or the "Prevent Pollution" element of  Goal 5 
Objective 5.2 Sub-objective 5.2.2 

I wonder who will be reviewing the proposals?  I now assume that it will 
be a panel comprised of  individuals who favor recycling. 

With only $250,000 available at the national level, I would expect two, 
maybe three, projects. With the priorities described, it seems evident to 
me that P2 is pretty well taking a back seat to recycling. To the old 
geezers on this list - remember when there was a time we used to debate 
what is or is not P2?  I'm not saying that was a good thing, but I feel 
the pendulum has swung too far the other way. 

 Is this important enough for NPPR or some other group representing P2 
specialists to draft & send a letter?   

I guess I wouldn't mind so much, but for this: 
1)  I was first introduced to P2 while working in the RCRA program back in 
'91 - P2 has decent regulatory roots in RCRA that seem to me to be 
abandoned with the stated priorities., 
2)  If RCC wants to do recycling, that's fine, it's their money.  But they 
should call it that, and not try to describe it as a reduction in the 
generation of waste.  It's not.  It's handling the waste generated.   
3) The national public still holds a prevalent belief that when they 
recycle they are doing the best they can do for the environment.  If EPA 
won't continue to reach for the elegant solution of source reduction, why 
should the public?  I don't think sustainability can be reached by 
recycling alone. 

Just a thought. 

rick 



Resource Conservation Challenge (RCC) Grants Program (FY06)

   Eligible Applicants

   State governments
   City or township governments
   Private institutions of higher education
   County governments
   Individuals
   Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
   Special district governments
   Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

   Description

   This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits
proposals from eligible entities that address solid waste reduction,
recycling and management, and priority chemical reduction. The aim of
this solicitation is to stimulate innovative ideas for waste reduction
and recycling with the goal of fostering positive change.

http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/resources/06-04.pdf

Richard Yoder, PE
Director, P2ric.org
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street, RH308
Omaha, NE 68182
vox: 402-554-6257
fax: 402-554-6260
http://www.p2ric.org/

 
P2RIC, the Pollution Prevention 
Regional Information Center, is 
a proud member of the Pollution Prevention 
Resource Exchange, P2Rx.org. 


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