Many environmentally-aware product manufacturers participate in product stewardship schemes, where those manufacturers will take products back when they reach the end of their useful lives on behalf of the customer.

These products are then typically recycled or reclaimed and transformed into various new products. At the very least they are disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. This results in useful materials coming back into circulation and being diverted away from landfill. In order for these schemes to be effective,…