Title of Presentation

The Case for Industry to Push for E-waste Regulation

Presenter Biography

Marianne Richter is a first year Masters of Public Health student in the Health Management and Policy program. She became interested in Public Health after working in the healthcare industry for the past 7 years as an Occupational Therapist with a focus in pediatrics and developmental health. Before starting in the Masters of Public Health program, she received her Undergraduate degree in Health and Exercise Science at Truman State University in Missouri and her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. In her free time she enjoys taking advantage of all the beautiful places that Oregon has to offer with her partner and her very loud dog.

Institution

OHSU

Program/Major

Health Management and Policy

Degree

MPH

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

8-4-2021 10:44 AM

End Date

8-4-2021 10:49 AM

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35577

Keywords

E-waste, regulation, electronics, consumer-facing brands, waste reduction, environment

Abstract

Abstract

Over the next several decades consumer-facing electronic brands will find their social, environmental, and financial bottom lines increasingly tied to consumer and regulatory responses to the problem of e-waste disposal. The problem of e-waste has already turned to crisis and provoked action in some locales due to environmental and human health concerns. Continuing on with business as usual will only see brand-unfriendly regulations go into force throughout the world and consumer sentiment suffer. The argument for consumer-facing brands to take on the growing e-waste problem through direct action and regulatory engagement is strong. A review of literature and pending and existing legislation suggests that there is considerable room for regulatory action to harm consumer-facing brands. However, acting immediately to institute changes in the manufacturing and design of products, recycling or reuse programs, and marketing of their products will enable the brands to get ahead of and influence inevitable e-waste regulations. In the long run, decisive action to address the e-waste problem will benefit all of the bottom lines of consumer facing brands.

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Apr 8th, 10:44 AM Apr 8th, 10:49 AM

The Case for Industry to Push for E-waste Regulation

Abstract

Over the next several decades consumer-facing electronic brands will find their social, environmental, and financial bottom lines increasingly tied to consumer and regulatory responses to the problem of e-waste disposal. The problem of e-waste has already turned to crisis and provoked action in some locales due to environmental and human health concerns. Continuing on with business as usual will only see brand-unfriendly regulations go into force throughout the world and consumer sentiment suffer. The argument for consumer-facing brands to take on the growing e-waste problem through direct action and regulatory engagement is strong. A review of literature and pending and existing legislation suggests that there is considerable room for regulatory action to harm consumer-facing brands. However, acting immediately to institute changes in the manufacturing and design of products, recycling or reuse programs, and marketing of their products will enable the brands to get ahead of and influence inevitable e-waste regulations. In the long run, decisive action to address the e-waste problem will benefit all of the bottom lines of consumer facing brands.