Connecting Rural HHW Program Managers to Manufacturer-Funded Take-Back Programs (a FREE webinar!)
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Connecting Rural HHW Program Managers to Manufacturer-Funded Take-Back Programs (a FREE webinar!)

A FREE Webinar!

When: 2/12/2015
2:00 PM
Contact: Sydney Hausman-Cohen
(617) 236-4853

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Household hazardous waste (HHW) represents the single largest expense for solid waste program managers. In New York, for example, the average cost of HHW programs is greater than $500 per ton.* In the first webinar of this series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas, we will introduce HHW program managers, contractors, and local government officials to manufacturer-funded take-back programs that help maximize environmental performance while minimizing costs. We will focus on mercury-containing thermostats, auto switches, and rechargeable batteries. We will also examine manufacturer-funded take-back programs for tires, which—while not technically HHW—are still considerably costly to manage.

Featuring a diverse panel of speakers—including Mark Tibbetts, Executive Director of the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC); Carl Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Call2Recycle; John Gilkeson, Policy Analyst with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; and Rachel Hering, Executive Director of Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance, TX—this FREE webinar will explore opportunities for manufacturer-funded take-back programs, highlighting ways to increase access to them in rural communities and learning by example from successful case studies. We will examine the challenges and solutions to introducing and implementing these programs, identify tools that can be used to promote retailer involvement in the programs, and discuss how rural governments can get plugged into legislative discussions to get their priorities on the agenda.



Mark Tibbets

Executive Director

Thermostat Recycling Corporation


Carl Smith

Chief Executive Officer



John Gilkeson

Policy Analyst

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency


Rachel Hering

Executive Director

Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance, TX


Scott Cassel (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer

Product Stewardship Institute

*Source: Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Plan for New York State. 2010. p68.

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