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Take Back

  • By: Cerys Anne Ponting
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Consumer societies around the world are producing an ever-growing amount of waste. Resources are being depleted, and communities are beginning to choke from overflowing waste disposal sites. According to studies, well over 95 percent of all materials that go into the production of consumer goods end up as waste within a month. Most materials wasted, furthermore, not only come from nonrenewable resources, but could have been reused or recycled. Ordinarily, producers have little or no responsibility for what happens to the materials that go into producing the goods they sell, or the materials used for packaging. Take-back campaigns and legislations are spreading globally, and all have a simple goal: to reduce the amount of waste. Through both voluntary requests and mandates, producers are asked to ...

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