Extended Producer Responsibility

Requiring manufacturers to pay for the collection and recycling of their products encourages them to design products that are less toxic, more durable and more recyclable.

Business as Usual

The Johnston Landfill is estimated to reach capacity in 2030, and our current waste management system is simply unsustainable.

A Better Way

Requiring manufacturers to pay for the collection and recycling of their products encourages them to design products that are less toxic, more durable and more recyclable.

Rhode Island Mercury Scoreboard - January 2016. Credit - ESDesign / Clean Water Action

Recycling Mercury - A Shining Success

Clean Water’s pilot program, cosponsored by the state Department of Environmental Management, involved 14  hardware stores across the Ocean State that collect burned-out compact fluorescents (CFLs) and linear tubes up to 4 feet long from their customers.