PSI Networking Calls Packaging Series - Call #3 Discussion

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

Packaging EPR and Container Deposit Laws

Wednesday, February 9th

12:30 - 2:00 PM EST / 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM PST


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Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is being considered as an approach to manage all consumer packaging materials in the U.S., including beverage containers. Currently, ten U.S. states have container deposit laws, or "bottle bills,” in place. These laws have proven to more than double the rate of return of bottle bill containers as compared to non-bottle bill containers. They also result in a relatively clean stream of secondary materials (e.g., aluminum, glass, other metals, and/or plastics) that yield higher value than other mixed recyclable streams. On this call, we will learn from a representative of the Quebec government, where a container deposit system operates alongside an EPR system for packaging and printed materials. We will also hear from a panel of experts from the U.S. and Canada about different approaches to managing these three components ¬(packaging, printed materials, and beverage containers). We will explore the costs and operational aspects of separate systems and combined systems, and discuss how the U.S. might implement a program for the target materials.



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.


Mario Laquerre, (RECYC-QUÉBEC)
In 1990, Mr. Laquerre received a Bachelor of Science in Management and Planning from the University of Quebec at Montreal. He completed a Masters in Environment at the University of Sherbrooke in 2002. From 1991 to 1997, he served as a researcher and CEO of BET Saint-Michel, a group specializing in development and the environment. In the same period, he was involved in the Quebec Common Front for ecological management of waste, and was president from 1994 to 1997. Employed by RECYC-QUÉBEC since 1997, he served as Coordinator of Industries, Businesses, and Institutions until February 2008, where he was also responsible for construction, renovation, and demolition waste. Since that time, he has served as the Director of Program and Service Operation, where he actively manages EPR projects, including tires.

Susan Collins, (Container Recycling Institute)
Ms. Collins has served as the Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute since 2009. In this capacity, she oversees all of CRI’s research and educational programs, as well as all of the administrative functions of the organization. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Recycling Coalition.
Ms. Collins previously specialized in consulting to government clients on solid waste issues for 20 years. She worked for R3 Consulting Group, HF&H Consultants and SCS Engineers. She assisted over 70 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. She has managed projects on AB 939 compliance and diversion, financial modeling, sustainability indicators, solid waste market studies, used oil program management, rate and fee audits, management of franchise agreements, facility planning, conversion technologies, recycling public education and outreach, and solid waste ordinances, and represented clients in hearings before the regulatory agencies.
Ms. Collins has been a member of four advisory groups to the California Integrated Waste Management Board, due to her technical expertise in waste composition studies and AB 939 regulations. Ms. Collins served on the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association from 2000 to 2009, and also served as CRRA’s Governmental Affairs Liaison and CRRA treasurer. She holds degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Clarissa Morawski, (CM Consulting)
Working with industry, federal, provincial and municipal governments, and the not-for-profit sector, Clarissa Morawski brings 15 years of technical, analytical and communications experience in waste minimization policy and operations. Clarissa Morawski specializes in waste minimization and stewardship policy in Canada, with a specific interest in extended producer responsibility programs, costs and performance. Morawski is recognized across North America for the comprehensive information she provides – information that is thoroughly researched and clearly organized. Clarissa also teaches a third-year waste management course at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Since 1998, Clarissa has written over forty articles and cover stories on product stewardship and waste management for Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine, Hazardous Materials Management Magazine, Resource Recycling (US), Biocycle (US), Alternatives and other North American publications.

Kevin Dietly, (Northbridge Environmental Management)
Kevin Dietly is a founding partner of Northbridge Environmental Management Consultants in Westford, Massachusetts. Northbridge provides economic, financial, and systems consulting to EPA, state environmental agencies, trade associations, and corporations. Kevin has studied the economics of solid and hazardous waste management for 26 years. He has conducted extensive research on container deposit legislation around the country and has researched costs and benefits of various solid waste and wastewater policies for both EPA and for corporate clients. He also provides strategic counsel to clients on solid waste compliance and regulatory issues surrounding packaging and consumer products.

Ted Siegler, (DSM Environmental Services)
Ted Siegler, Partner with DSM Environmental Services, Inc., is a Resource Economist with 30 years of solid waste management experience, working for Maryland Environmental Services, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, the NH/VT Solid Waste Project, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and since 1987, as a Partner at DSM. Over the past fifteen years Ted has specialized in improving the efficiency of recycling collection and processing systems in the United States, and has worked in 12 countries around the world focusing on municipal finance, infrastructure improvement, and full cost accounting for solid waste management.

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