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Tipster emeritus Kimberly K. just sent me this link to a working paper on “take-back” policies from Harvard Business School.  The document lays out a framework for evaluating the impact of such anti-trash policies, a useful tool for down the road as governments pass more and more legislation aimed at holding companies responsible for the end lives of the products they send out into the universe.  The framework organizes criteria for effective policies into three categories: mitigating environmental and public health risks, promoting cost efficiency and protecting occupational health and safety.  Frustratingly, there aren’t yet enough good policies out there to provide the data to really analyze what works.  But those interested in the political side of trash might be interested in the full article, which covers examples from the states, Europe and that mecca of good garbage policy, Japan.

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