PSI Packaging Webinar Series

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), in partnership with the National Recycling Coalition, recently conducted a technical conference call series to better understand key issues pertaining to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging and printed materials. These calls examined the problems, goals, key barriers, and priority solutions for increasing recycling of packaging and printed materials in the U.S.


We heard from key stakeholders who are leading a broad array of current efforts, from industry-sponsored voluntary initiatives to NGO and government-led regulatory approaches. Over 100 participants joined each call, including representatives from Alcoa, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Kimberly-Clark, National Solid Wastes Management Association, the Retail Leaders Industry Association, and others, along with many organizations and federal, state, and local government agencies. Click here for a comprehensive list of call participants. These calls provided an opportunity for participants to share their unique perspectives and build agreement on a common opportunity statement, focus, and goals. We also discussed a range of potential strategies and identified opportunities for collaboration among different groups.


Did you miss the series but want to get caught up on the conversation? Register todayto receive access to succinct summaries from each call, along with full call recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and key background materials. In addition, you will receive access to a comprehensive list of public and private goals for managing packaging and printed materials compiled from over 30 entities.

Packaging Conference Call Topics:

 

Call #1: Packaging and printed materials in the U.S.: What’s the problem? What are the opportunities? What do the data say?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
2:00-4:00 PM ET/ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

Overview: Packaging and printed materials represent about 40 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. How might product stewardship increase the recycling rate, eliminate gaps in collection and processing infrastructure, eliminate unsustainable costs for local governments, wasted resources, and lost domestic recycling jobs and industries? This data-focused call will examine the different perspectives of stakeholders about how to characterize the state of recycling for packaging and printed materials in the U.S. The call will also explore reasons why the municipal financed recycling system is under-performing. We will start with a brief background presentation on recycling data, followed by short presentations from several leading national experts. Presenters will support their positions with data and information that will be provided to participants in advance, along with PowerPoint presentations. During the last part of the call, we will seek to develop greater understanding of the problem and opportunities pertaining to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging and printed materials.

Click HERE for the call agenda

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Panelists:

  • Scott Mouw, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Jen Holliday, Chittenden County, VT
  • Susan Collins, National Recycling Coalition
  • Chaz Miller, National Solid Waste Management Association
  • Joan Pierce, Ameripen

You will leave this call with an understanding of the following:

  • How key stakeholders define the problem and potential opportunities.
  • The degree of consensus on the problem and potential opportunities – how far apart are we?
  • Gaps in data, who is currently addressing those gaps, who believes that filling those gaps is a priority, and who might you work with on a project.
  • A foundation on which to build solutions.

Registered participants can click here to access the call presentation, materials, and additional information.
The password to the webpage was sent via email to all call participants.

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Call #2:: Goals for increasing material recovery and barriers to achieving them
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
12:00-2:00 PM ET/ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT

Overview: Many companies, industry associations, and government agencies have announced specific goals related to the reduction, collection, reuse, recycling, and recycled content pertaining to packaging and printed materials. The purpose of this call is to learn about each group's publicly stated goals, how they arrived at their goals, how they plan to achieve those goals, and the barriers that each group perceives is preventing it from being successful. During the last part of the call, we will seek to develop a high-level consensus on joint goals. Prior to the call, PSI will provide participants with a summary of the baseline status, goals, and major perceived barriers for key stakeholders. We will also provide presentations and relevant supplemental materials, as well as a draft goal statement.

Click HERE for the call agenda

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

Commodities
  • Glass: Ryan Modlin, Owens-Illinois
  • Aluminum: Beth Schmitt, Alcoa
  • Paper: Cathy Foley, American Forest & Paper Association
  • Cartons: Elisabeth Comere, Tetra Pak/Carton Council
  • Steel: Jim Wood, Steel Recycling Institute
  • Plastics: Steve Navedo, Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers

Government
  • State Government: Garth Hickle, MN Pollution Control Agency
  • Local Government: Bill Smith, City of Tacoma, WA

You will leave this call with an understanding of the following:

  • How leading companies, associations, and governments have set goals for packaging and printed materials
  • The key barriers faced by companies, associations, and governments to reaching their goals
  • The degree of consensus on the goals to be achieved and the barriers to be overcome – how far apart are we really
  • Gaps in data, who is currently addressing those gaps, who believes that filling those gaps is a priority, and who might you work with on a project
  • Strategies and tactics that companies, associations, and governments are pursuing to achieve their goals

Registered participants can click here to access the call presentation, materials, and additional information.
The password to the webpage was sent via email to all call participants.

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Call #3: Key Strategies - voluntary and regulatory approaches
Thursday, August 2, 2012
1:00-3:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT

Overview: A number of existing initiatives focus on improving the recovery of packaging and printed materials in North America, ranging from purely voluntary strategies (e.g., pilot projects, educational strategies, and consumer incentives) to regulatory initiatives (e.g., pay-as-you-throw, disposal bans, recycling mandates, recycled content standards, and EPR). We will hear brief updates from key participants in these initiatives, including the progress made to date, the strategies they use to address key barriers to achieving their goals, current progress, and the potential to scale up the effort. During the last half of the call, PSI will facilitate discussion among participants about priority strategies that the group believes are needed to make the greatest progress, whether current initiatives are already focused on these strategies, and whether those efforts need to be supplemented or gaps need to be filled. We will also explore opportunities for coordinating the various strategies and build a comprehensive approach to meeting over-arching goals. Prior to the call, participants will receive a summary of strategies for consideration on the call. The call will end with a discussion of next steps based on the 3 call series.

Click HERE for the call agenda

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Paul Gardner, Recycling Reinvented
  • Allison Buchanan, Alcoa
  • Joan Pierce, Ameripen
  • Nina Goodrich, PAC NEXT
  • Cathy Jamieson, VT Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute
  • Anne Bedarf, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

You will leave this call with an understanding of the following:

  • Goals, strategies, and status of key initiatives, and how they differ
  • The full range of strategies being considered and which are considered priorities
  • The potential for future collaboration among key initiatives
  • How the problem, goals, barriers, and strategies related to packaging and printed materials fit together and can lead to a comprehensive solution
  • A keen sense of what is needed to advance the issue

Registered participants can click here to access the call presentation, materials, and additional information.
The password to the webpage was sent via email to all call participants.

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Packaging Call Fees and Registration Information

The Packaging Call Series is now over, but those who are interested in catching up on the conversation may purchase the call summaries, recordings, and additional information at a discount rate. Find out more below.

  • Recordings for packaging call series are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay $200 for recordings of the 3-call series
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay $200 for recordings of the 3-call series

    Call recording registration is available for 3-call packages, not for individual calls.

    Registration includes access to all three call summaries, recordings, presentations and background and follow-up materials, and call recordings.

CALL RECORDING REGISTRATION

 

About the Product Stewardship Institute
For the past 11 years, PSI has facilitated numerous large meetings and hundreds of conference calls with multiple stakeholders aimed at unifying groups to reduce the health and environmental impacts from products and packaging. We believe that the viewpoints of all key stakeholders must be integrated to establish the most durable solutions, and that discussing the most difficult issues offers the greatest opportunity for progress. Our membership consists of 47 states and over 200 local governments, and we have strong relationships with thousands of government officials working on product stewardship. We also have over 75 partnerships with companies, organizations, universities, and non-U.S. governments, and we have a 14-member industry and academic advisory council.

PSI has established voluntary solutions (e.g., Staples computer take-back pilot project that expanded nationally; voluntary recycled paint standard that has expanded the market for recycled latex paint; expansion of nationwide voluntary thermostat take back program to municipal, retail, and contractor locations; and consumer behavior change strategies to reduce the over-purchase of paint). We have also developed model EPR legislation and have deep knowledge of other regulatory programs, such as disposal bans, pay-as-you-throw systems, and recycled content standards. Our experience suggests that conversations about solutions must include voluntary and regulatory strategies. CALL RECORDING REGISTRATION

Includes access to all three call summaries, recordings, presentations, and background and follow-up materials.


 

"PSI is highly skilled at organizing and facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings and striking the right balance in positions needed for sustainable solutions. They have integrity with all stakeholders and possess a rare blend of knowledge about technical issues as well as the process needed to reach agreement." -- John Segala, President, Amazon Environmental, Inc.


"PSI is the nucleus around which government and industry interests meet. It is a vehicle that runs on objectivity, sound research, and technical competence that can't help but attract a strong network of stakeholders in order that effective solutions may be created." -- Dave Galvin, Hazardous Waste Management Program Supervisor, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, WA

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