Product stewardship is a concept where everyone involved in the chain from manufacture of a product to the final reuse of recycled material from that product, is involved with preventing environmental degradation from it.
Similar concepts include Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Producer Responsibility which place the onus on the producer. Because product stewardship involves everyone, including the eventual recycling of a product, it can be considered to be a fairer system of apportioning responsibility for the effect a product has on the environment.
With the rise in per capita consumption waste, the level of toxic material, and the complexity of modern products, product stewardship has become an important tool for environmental protection from litter and waste. E-waste is the fastest growing sector of the waste stream and since it generally consists of complex products containing toxic substances it is an ideal candidate for product stewardship.
Ecotech Services firmly believes that product stewardship should be mandatory for possibly all electrical, electronic, and computer products along with related items such as computer consumables and batteries.
- Ministry for the Environment. 2014. Priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention: A discussion document. Wellington: Ministry for the Environment. ISBN 978-0-478-41244-4 (print) 978-0-478-41245-1 (online)
- Product stewardship at the Australian Department of the Environment
- Product Stewardship Foundation (New Zealand)
- Product Stewardship Institute (United States)
- Priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention – a 2014 submission by Ecotech Services to the Ministry for the Environment
- Product stewardship at Wikipedia
Reduce, repair, reuse, repurpose, refurbish, recycle.