PSI Web Conference 3/19 - Breaking the Fee-ver: Maintaining EPR for Packaging in the Face of Rising

Breaking the Fee-ver:

Maintaining EPR for Packaging in the Face of Rising Costs

An Expert Panel Discussion via Web Conference

Wednesday, March 19th

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

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Topic Summary:
EPR packaging fees worldwide are being re-evaluated and adjusted upward to reflect the difficulty in managing certain materials. That approach, combined with a further penalty in the form of disruptor fees for materials that contaminate the recycling stream, are resulting in higher recycling rates, which—in turn—are having a direct impact on the cost of goods. In this EPI-sponsored webinar, Victor Bell will discuss trends in the increasing number of EPR material categories. He will also present an overview of the newly published ISO technical report on substances and materials, which may impede efforts to use EPR to encourage better packaging materials through disruptor fees.

Moderator:
Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute
Speakers: Alison Keane, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Coatings Association
Christopher Hudgins, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, International Sleep Products Association
Linda Gabor, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service, Call2Recycle
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Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. He is also a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master's degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Keane, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Coatings Association

Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with over 15 years experience in both the private and governmental sectors. She is currently the Vice President for Government Affairs with the American Coatings Association and responsible for the Architectural Coatings and Government Affairs Committees. She also served as the Executive Director and now General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the newly formed PaintCare stewardship organization. Other employment experience includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters office, the Maryland State Senate and private practice. Alison has her BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her JD from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is admitted to the practice of law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Christopher Hudgins, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, International Sleep Products Association

Christopher Hudgins is the Vice President, Government Relations and Policy for the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). Mr. Hudgins is responsible for all of ISPA’s government affairs activities and serves as the face of the organization before policy makers. In 2013, Mr. Hudgins was integral in negotiating the enactment of the nation’s first mattress recycling law in Connecticut. Prior to joining ISPA, Mr. Hudgins served as Manager of Government Relations for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). While at AHAM, he oversaw all of the organization’s state legislative activities and also served as the lead on several federal and international legislative and regulatory initiatives, including revamping the EnergyGuide label on appliances. Mr. Hudgins was also successful in influencing Congress on energy, tax, and environmental legislation along with efforts to revamp the Consumer Product Safety Act. Mr. Hudgins was employed by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition from 2001 to 2006 where he lobbied Congress on appropriations and health care issues. There he created the Coalition’s state government affairs program where he was successful in advocating for and enacting legislation in a number of states. Mr. Hudgins graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. During his time at the University, Mr. Hudgins worked to influence the Virginia General Assembly while supporting lobbyists with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Linda Gabor, Vice President of Marketing & Customer Service, Call2Recycle

Linda Gabor has been with Call2Recycle® since 2005, bringing a strong background in marketing, media and public relations to the organization. Serving on the organization’s executive team, as vice president of marketing & customer service, Gabor is responsible for the successful integration of marketing strategies that enhance the Call2Recycle brand and grow the program’s collection efforts through a customer-focused philosophy. Gabor oversees the marketing department’s efforts to raise public awareness for battery recycling through advertising, public relations, special events, and cooperative outreach initiatives with its collection partners. She also leads a team dedicated to the delivery of a best-in-class customer experience.

 

 

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