PSI Networking Calls Packaging Series - Call #2 Stakeholders

Product Stewardship and Packaging Networking Conference Call Series
January - February 2011

Thinking through Stakeholder Roles in EPR Systems for Packaging

Tuesday, February 1st

2:00 - 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST


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Applying extended producer responsibility to packaging in the U.S. would mean a shift in the roles and responsibilities of many companies, as well as state and local environmental agencies. What might packaging EPR mean for you? Victor Bell will describe the types of activities that each stakeholder might undertake or experience from the start of an EPR program through maturity, using examples from around the world. Participants will hear how other countries have transitioned to an EPR system, including changes in the way materials are handled, costs, and oversight responsibilities. He will address the dynamic tension between local governments concerned about losing control of the system they traditionally managed, as well as brand owners wanting greater control over a system they are asked to pay for. Through Victor's presentation and a discussion facilitated by Scott Cassel (PSI), call participants will gain a better understanding of how their counterparts operate under packaging EPR programs in other countries, and will share ideas about what could work best here in the U.S.



Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel is the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which pursues initiatives to ensure that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts. 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 25 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, including 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.


Victor Bell (EPI)
Victor Bell is President of Environmental Packaging International, where he is working on environmental packaging and product stewardship requirements, pollution prevention, solid waste management, waste reduction, recycling and environmental policy with public and private sector clients worldwide. Mr. Bell is a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) and has more than 20 years experience dealing with environmental issues. For the past seven years Mr. Bell has been assisting major U.S.-based companies to comply with their international environmental packaging and product stewardship requirements. Mr. Bell has developed strong working relationships with major Third-Party Organizations worldwide. Mr. Bell directed the review, analysis and classification of more than 25,000 packaging components from more than 350 suppliers worldwide. For his clients, he has prepared the environmental packaging and labeling reports to satisfy the requirements of more than 27 countries. Bell received an M. A. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI; Master of Marine Affairs, 1977, M.S. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; Urban and Environmental Studies, 1974, B.S. University of Rhode Island, College of Resource Development; Natural Resources, 1973.

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