PSI Networking Calls 12th Series - EPR for Packaging and Printed Materials (PP Page)

12th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

EPR for Packaging and Printed Materials:
Status Update and Stakeholder Perspectives

Thursday, January 19th

1:00 - 2:30 PM ET / 10:00 - 11:30 AM PT

Audio Recording

EPR for Packaging and Printed Materials Webinar Recording
(please allow a few moments to download)

PSI Packaging Webinar Presentation
Background Materials

Final Report of the Dialogue on Sustainable Financing of Recycling of Packaging at the Municipal Level. Environmental Protection Agency, developed by the Keystone Center, September 2011.

Closing the Loop: Road Map for Effective Material Value Recovery. GreenBlue, January 2012.

EPR for Packaging in the U.S. - The Landscape. Blog by Scott Cassel, September 2011.

All in The Same Boat. Scott Mouw, Resource Recycling, April 2011

National Solid Waste Management Association's Product Stewardship Policy, January 2012. Provided by Rich Abramowitz

From Birth to Rebirth: Will Product Stewardship Save Resources? Chaz Miller, American Bar Association, October 2011. Provided by Rich Abramowitz

Alcoa Recycling


Overview: Packaging and printed material comprise nearly 40 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. With EPR packaging laws in more than 30 European countries and soon to be in 4 Canadian provinces, it was only a matter of time until the U.S. product stewardship movement turned its attention to exploring how to apply EPR to this significant waste stream component. Applying EPR to the wide range of packaging and printed materials will require a significant shift in the roles of a wide range of players in the public and private sectors. What might this change look like for you? Will the benefits of EPR be worth the costs? Over the past year, there have been a growing number of initiatives providing outlets for discussion. This webinar will provide a snapshot of the current status of these initiatives to keep the audience informed of an ever-changing EPR landscape for packaging and printed materials. In addition, you will hear from expert panelists who will provide their unique perspectives that are representative of the following stakeholder groups: a brand owner, material commodity, waste management company, and government agency. These panelists will also highlight the key questions they feel must be answered before an EPR system is established for packaging and printed materials, and will outline the key challenges and opportunities related to what packaging for EPR may look like in the U.S. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience comments and questions.


Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists:Michael Washburn, Director of Sustainability, Nestlé Waters North America
Scott Mouw, Chief, Community and Business Assistance, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Rich Abramowitz, Director of Public Affairs, Waste Management
Beth Schmitt, Director of Recycling, Alcoa
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Scott Cassel, Executive Director, 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 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, 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.

Michael Washburn, Director of Sustainability, Nestlé Waters North America
Michael has spent over 15 years working in conservation roles at non-profits and universities, with a focus on sustainable forestry, land conservation, green building and conservation leadership. In particular, he recently held a senior position at The Wilderness Society, focused on public-lands advocacy, and, he served as the Vice President of Brand Management for the Forest Stewardship Council where he advanced the adoption of independent forest-certification and product labeling programs.

Michael has a substantive education in forestry and environmental policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Forest Policy from Penn State and earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Forest Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. In addition, he was an advisor to the USDA Forest Service on sustainability issues while on faculty at Penn State and the Yale School of Forestry.

In addition to his environmental interests, Michael devotes significant time and energy to the fields of workplace giving and disability advocacy and sits on the boards of Adirondack Adaptive Adventures, Aging and Disabilities Charities of America, Human and Civil Rights organizations of America and Child Aid International. He serves on the advisory board for Adirondack Wild/Friends of the Forest Preserve.

Scott Mouw, Chief, Community and Business Assistance, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Scott Mouw is Chief of Community and Business Assistance in the Division of Pollution Environmental Assistance and Outreach. In this capacity, he oversees the state’s recycling program, which includes efforts to improve material collection, develop material markets, increase public commitment to recycling, help create and implement materials management policy, and promote environmentally preferable purchasing. Scott has served on the board of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and is a founding member of the Southeast Recycling Development Council. Scott was a participant in the EPA Sustainable Recycling Financing dialogue and is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group for AMERIPEN and the Association of Post-Consumer Plastics Recyclers’ rigid plastics committee. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois, and an MA and MPA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Rich Abramowitz, Director of Public Affairs, Waste Management
Rich Abramowitz is currently Director of Public Affairs for Waste Management, where he focuses on legislative research, and government affairs for issues related to recycling and sustainability. Rich also conducted a special assignment for Waste Management to roll out the largest software upgrade in the recycling industry. Prior to his time at Waste Management, Rich spent six years as Director of Environmental Affairs for the National Soft Drink Association, which is now the American Beverage Association. He was also Technical Director for Recycling for HDR Engineering, Inc.; Waste Reduction Program Manager for the City of Austin, TX; Senior Planner with the Essex County, N.J., Division of Solid Waste Management; and Rutgers University Recycling Program Manager. Rich holds a Master of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University. He is also a former Vice President of the National Recycling Coalition, former President of the Recycling Coalition of Texas, and former Board Member of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling and current Legislative Committee Chair. Rich is currently a Board Member of Ameripen, and has represented Waste Management on the Buy Recycled Business Alliance Board, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Recycling at Work Program, and America Recycles Day, Inc.

Beth Schmitt, Director of Recycling, Alcoa
Beth is Director of Recycling for Alcoa’s rolled products group, where she drives marketing, communications, and public policy programs to increase the North American aluminum can recycling rate to the industry goal of 75% by 2015. In her 21 years with Alcoa, she has managed a variety of roles including environmental communications, marketing communications, new product development, and commercial management for global can sheet and litho sheet customers ranging from Coca-Cola to Kodak. Beth has represented Alcoa and aluminum packaging in a variety of policy forums, including the Coalition of Northeastern Governors and the North American Metal Packaging Alliance. She has served as chair of the Aluminum Association Can Committee. Currently, she serves on The Sustainability Consortium steering committee and is a board member of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and and is a board member of the Southeast Recycling Development Council and the Curbside Value Partnership. Beth has a degree in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, and is a graduate of the UT College of Business Executive Education Graduate program. She and her husband, Neil, live in Knoxville and have two daughters, Meg and Sarah.


Comments from Local and State Governments

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Dianne Woske
Fulton County D.S.W.

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Victor House News Co.

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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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