PSI Networking Calls 13th Series - Voluntary and Mandatory Programs (PP Page)

13th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs—Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative

Thursday, June 14th

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

Audio Recording
Background Materials

The producer responsibility approach seeks to engage manufacturers in taking greater financial and management responsibility for reducing the environmental and social impacts of their products over the entire lifecycle. Product stewardship programs can take the form of voluntary industry-driven programs, as well as programs that are regulated. Which achieve better outcomes? Which are most cost effective? Which ones are paving the way forward toward the proper balance between government regulation and free market innovation? Which functions are better for government to manage and which should be the domain of producers? This webinar will explore a controversial topic about which there are many strong opinions. We will hear from those who advocate for all sides of the issue, in the U.S. and Canada.

click on speaker to view full bio below

Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). 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, and a former columnist for 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.

Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Electronics Association
Walter Alcorn is vice president of environmental affairs and industry sustainability for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Mr. Alcorn is responsible for legislative initiatives impacting electronic product recycling, design, eco-labeling and hazardous materials restrictions. He currently coordinates CEA’s eCycling Leadership Initiative and the associated Billion Pound Challenge announced in April, 2011. Previously Mr. Alcorn was a nationally recognized environmental consultant specializing in electronics recycling systems. Walter co-founded the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) in 2005, and authored numerous studies and research products including the U.S. Per Capita Collection Index and the Patchwork Study published in 2006.

Neil Hastie, President and CEO, Encorp Pacific
Neil Hastie is President & CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada), where he has worked since 1998. Founded in British Columbia in 1994, Encorp is an industry operated, non-profit, product stewardship corporation that acts on behalf of 1000+ brand owners of non-alcoholic and alcohol beverages. Additionally, Encorp manages the recycling of dairy containers on behalf of the Dairy Council of BC and manages end-of-life electronics on behalf of the Electronics Stewardship Association of BC. Neil has working relationships with the product stewardship councils in British Columbia, California, and the Pacific Northwest. Encorp is a sustaining partner of PSI and a member of the executive committee of the Global Product Stewardship Council (Sydney, Australia) and of the Recycling Council of BC. Neil has worked in the retail industry for more than 35 years. During this period he held senior operating positions with several multi outlet chains. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Bishop’s University (Quebec) and an MBA from York University (Toronto).

Carl Smith, CEO/President, 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.

Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Garth Hickle is the product stewardship team leader with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has been with the MPCA since 1996 working on product stewardship for various products including packaging, electronics and carpet. Prior to that he worked as a lobbyist on environmental and energy issues and at the Minnesota State Senate. He is the Chair of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Product Stewardship Task Force. He was named a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow in 2001 to pursue research in international product stewardship policy. He has published articles in Corporate Environmental Strategy, Pollution Prevention Review, Environmental Quality Management, Resource Recycling and The Environmental Forum. He holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a M.A. from Hamline University and is Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

David Lawes, Analyst - Public Safety and Prevention Initiatives, British Columbia Ministry of Environment

David specializes in developing industry-led product stewardship programs for the province of BC and is currently working on the selection process for two new product categories to be added to the BC Recycling Regulation. David represents the province on the Canadian Council of the Ministers of Environment (CCME) Extended Producer Responsibility Task Group and the National Steering Committee for Electronics Recycling. David recently participated in a National Packaging Workshop in Toronto with business, government and environmental leaders to discuss potential policies and tools to promote packaging reduction and recycling. David holds a degree in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University (RRU) and is about to embark on a MBA at RRU that combines studies in business, environment, leadership and conflict management.

Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County, Washington

Sego Jackson is a principal planner for Snohomish County Solid Waste Division located in Washington. He served as one of fifteen government negotiators in the National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative, representing the concerns of local governments. Sego was later involved in the development of ground-breaking producer responsibility e-waste legislation that passed Washington State’s Legislature in 2006. He has since been engaged in many stakeholder processes and development of numerous policies and programs related to other product areas including additional electronics, batteries, carpet, mercury devices, packaging, paint and pharmaceuticals, as well as framework approaches. Voluntary programs he has been involved with include the Take it Back Network, local Best Buy events, initial electronic take-back pilots with Good Guys, Office Depot, and Staples, and pharmaceuticals take-back by Group Health Cooperative and Bartell Drugs. Snohomish County participates in RBRC’s Call2Recycle program and the Couinty is currently serving as one of six local jurisdictions in the Corporation for Battery Recycling’s Foundation Programs for primary batteries. Sego is a cofounder and steering committee member of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council and is chair of the Council’s Policy Subcommittee.

Back to Top


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.

"...your calls are top-notch. Couldn't be better...A+."
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

Community Search
Sign In

Forgot your password?

Haven't registered yet?

Latest News