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The Future of Design for the Environment

  • German regulations require consumer product distributors to recycle packaging of products which they sell
  • Voluntary German automobile standards:
    • Reduction of auto shredder residue (ASR) to 5% by weight by 2015
    • Recycling oriented design
    • Vehicles 12 years older or less accepted back free of charge from last owners
    • Improved handling of fluids at disposal
  • Voluntary electronics take back programs are in the works
  • Legislation is arising (particularly in California)