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California workshop explores solutions to fluorescent lamp management problem
Sierra Fletcher with the Product Stewardship Institute presented that Maine has a fluorescent lamp recycling EPR program that is up-and-running. Washington, Vermont and Massachusetts are putting programs in place.
American Recycler
February 2012.

Want a phone book? You might have to ask
On a 3-2 vote Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a change in regulations that would allow Verizon customers to opt out of a printed white pages directory.
Central Valley Business Times
June 9, 2011

Unused Paint Finds Another Home
Connecticut has enacted the third U.S. program requiring paint manufacturers to manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from households and painting contractors.
Crossroads Bulletin
June 8, 2011

Malloy Signs Paint Stewardardship Law
WFSB; Hartford, CT
June 7, 2011

Connecticut Governor Signs Paint Stewardship Law
Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy signed into law the nation’s third program requiring paint manufacturers to safely manage leftover latex and oil-based paint from households and painting contractors.
PSI Press Release
June 7, 2011

Phone-Book Delivery Disappearing Phone books, long a staple of U.S. life, are fading quickly as lawmakers and phone companies see green benefits in limiting their delivery.
USA Today
June 6, 2011

Bad for Business and the Environment
Crossroads Bulletin
May 30, 2011

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s Yellow Pages Legislation Wins Final Board Approval
Legislation sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu that would prohibit the distribution of unwanted Yellow Pages finally passed today in a near-unanimous vote.
City and County of San Francisco Press Release
May 17, 2011

 May 16 last day to stop first delivery of unwanted yellow pages in Seattle
Today is the final day for Seattle residents and businesses to opt out of the anticipated mid-June delivery of Dex yellow pages, the first publisher to deliver in Seattle.
Seattle City Council Press Release
May 16, 2011

Future of Phonebooks?
As the world moves into cyberspace, a debate is brewing over the future of phone books.
Fox News
March 2, 2011

CT Public Radio Interview CEO of Nestle Waters North America and PSI Director on packaging and bottle bill repeal
The CEO of the biggest bottled water company in the U.S. is proposing a different approach to recycling water bottles and other containers; producers would be responsible for recycling all containers.
CT Public Broadcasting
November 19, 2010

Verizon seeks permission to stop delivery of white pages in MD, VA
Verizon, the largest provider of landline phones in the Washington region, is asking state regulators for permission to stop delivering the residential white pages in Virginia and Maryland.
The Washington Post
November 17, 2010

Opt-out system for unwanted phonebook deliveries in place next year 
Residents and businesses tired of getting two or three – or more – unwanted yellow pages phonebooks will soon have an efficient, effective way to stop those deliveries following today’s 8-1 City Council vote.
Seattle City Council Press Release
October 11, 2010

California passes paint stewardship legislation, creates jobs and saves local governments millions
California will finally have a paint management program financed and operated by the private sector via a product stewardship non-profit organization run by paint manufacturers.
PSI Press Release
October 5, 2010

Drug Disposal Act changes could allow more drug take-back program options
The Senate has approved final changes to the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act (S 3397). This law would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow for drug take-back options beyond law enforcement collection.
PSI Press Release
September 30, 2010 

RI Bill will tighten control of mercury pollution from thermostats
The Rhode Island General Assembly, with support from thermostat manufacturers, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and Clean Water Action passed the Mercury Thermostat Pollution Prevention Act both in the Senate (S2353A) and the House (H7199A).
Press Release: PSI, Clean Water Action RI, RI Department of Environmental Management
July 1, 2010

Oregon DEQ approves plan for Oregon paint take-back program  The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved a plan that sets in motion the first paint product stewardship “take-back” program in the nation. Press Release: Oregon Department of Environmental Quality State of Oregon DEQ and PSI press release June 29, 2010

Willow Lundgren, founder of Small Planet Partners, highlights PSI's work on phonebooks
Fox Business News
May 28, 2010

White Pages May Go Way of Rotary-Dialed Phone
The residential White Pages, those inches-thick tomes of fine-print telephone listings that may be most useful as doorstops, could stop landing with a thud on doorsteps across New York later this year.
The New York Times
May 7, 2010

Newscast on status phonebook industry features interview with Scott Cassel
ABC 7News Chicago
April 28, 2010

A Decade of Product Stewardship in America
What’s the status of product stewardship in the U.S. and what can be done to move it forward?
Resource Recycling
April, 2010

Scott Cassel interviewed on PSI's history and current initiatives
Go Green Radio
February 18, 2010

Phonebook's Days Appear Numbered
WBUR.org, National Public Radio, interview by Amy Standen
January 18, 2010

MA considers E-waste legislation placing financial onus on manufacturers 
Worcester Business Journal quotes PSI executive director in support of MA E-waste legislation.
Worcester Business Journal
January 18, 2010

E-waste showdown unearths deeper questions
Oral hearings are scheduled to start next month in a court case that could test the limits of manufacturer participation in electronics recycling in New York City.
CNET: Green News
January 16, 2010

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