2015 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum Tackles Drug Take-Back Programs, Packaging, Circular Economy, and Climate Change
Boston, Massachusetts-In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) hosted the 2015 U.S. Product Stewardship ForumDecember 8-9th in Boston, Massachusetts. Environmental experts from around the United States, Germany, Belgium, and Canada discussed issues regarding zero waste, extended producer responsibility (EPR), product stewardship, and the circular economy.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced the upcoming introduction of the Pharmaceutical Stewardship Act, a federal bill that would require pharmaceutical companies to manage and finance the safe collection and disposal of their products.
Stewardship organizations representing brand owners of packaging from Quebec, British Columbia, and Belgium outlined the success of their EPR programs and how these models can be easily applied to the U.S. market.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding discussed the connection between climate change and the need to reuse and recycle consumer products.
Additional conference panels and keynote speakers focused on product-specific issues, including:
Pharmaceutical take-back programs as a means to address the U.S. prescription drug abuse epidemic;
Emerging solutions to address the growing cost of safely managing electronics scrap;
The importance of recycling batteries, electronics, and other products containing rare earth metals, and how this propels us toward a circular economy that reduces the costs and impacts of future mining; and
Why the U.S. is at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that require brand owners to properly manage the packaging they produce.
Recognized Environmental Stewards in Industry and Government
PSI recognized key individual, agency, and company leaders who have achieved significant success in moving product stewardship programs and polices forward. This year's awardees include:
2015 Outstanding Industry Leadership Award: Alison Keane, American Coatings Association
2015 Outstanding Industry Leadership Award: Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, PaintCare
2015 Outstanding Industry Leadership Award: Mark Buckley, Staples
2015 Outstanding Industry Leadership Award: John Waffenschmidt, Covanta
2015 "Hometown Hero" Award for Outstanding Local Government Leadership: Jennifer Holliday, Chittenden County Solid Waste District, VT
2015 Outstanding State Government Leadership Award: Tom Metzner and Sherrill Baldwin, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
2015 Outstanding State Government Leadership Award: Fenton Rood, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality
2015 Loyal Steward Award: Scott Klag, Metro Regional Government, Oregon
2015 "Gandalf" Award for Exceptional Guidance and Advising: Dave Galvin, King County, Washington
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their life cycle with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. Headquartered in Boston, Mass., PSI takes a unique product stewardship approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues.With 47 state environmental agency members, along with hundreds of local government members from coast-to-coast, and 110 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners, we work to design, implement, evaluate, strengthen, and promote both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America. Like us on Facebookor follow us on Twitter.