PSI Networking Calls 12th Series - Product Stewardship 101 (PP Page)

12th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars


Product Stewardship 101

Wednesday, October 12th

2:00 - 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 - 12:00 AM PT


Audio Recording
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Background Materials

Overview: This Networking Call will provide an introductory overview for policymakers and practitioners seeking a better understanding of the basic concepts of product stewardship and the evolution of the product stewardship movement. What is the origin of the product stewardship movement and what goals does it hope to achieve? How does it relate to extended producer responsibility? What are the expected roles of manufacturers, retailers, local, state, and federal agencies, waste management companies, and other stakeholders? How will your job change as a result of product stewardship programs and legislation? What is the status of the movement and where is it heading? How can you get involved? We will outline examples of product stewardship programs at the local, state, national, and international levels, and explore emerging issues in the field. This call will also provide an overview of the product stewardship resources available to PSI members and partners, including legislative tracking, updates, and maps.


Scott Cassel(Product Stewardship Institute)

Expert Panelists:

Carl Smith (Call2Recycle)

Theresa Stiner (IA Dept of Natural Resources)
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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 also 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. 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 was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and currently writes a monthly environmental column for the Boston Business Journal. He is also author of a definitive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. Scott has a masters 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.

Carl Smith (Call2Recycle)
Mr. Smith heads RBRC, which operates Call2Recycle®, North America’s first and most successful battery recycling program. In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s strategy, partnerships and management of its national promotion and education efforts. Working directly with its Board of Directors, Mr. Smith leads the overall direction of the company.

Mr. Smith has extensive experience in strategic marketing, brand positioning, product /business development and environmental leadership. He previously served as the CEO of GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a non-profit organization that develops and promotes indoor air quality standards and programs. Before that, he was a senior marketing and general management executive with a Fortune 500 company and served in various capacities on Capitol Hill.


Theresa Stiner (IA Dept of Natural Resources)

Theresa Stiner is an Environmental Specialist Senior at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Over the past ten years at the Iowa DNR, Theresa has worked with a variety of programs and issues including household hazardous materials, beverage container deposits, electronics recycling, mercury switches from vehicles, mercury thermostats, and fluorescent lamps. She has participated in various PSI dialogues and was involved in developing the model state legislation for mercury containing thermostats. Theresa is also a member of the Midwest Product Stewardship Council Steering Committee and the Product Stewardship Institute Board of Directors.

Comments from Local and State Governments

"Thank you—This was a very informative and efficient way to reach a number of people."
Dianne Woske
Fulton County D.S.W.

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William D'Alessandro
Victor House News Co.

"It is a good way to gather and share information without having to schedule a trip to another location."
Stephanie Lauster
Pinellas County, FL

"Excellent program and I look forward to participating in the future."
John Malter
Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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