PSI Networking Calls - NY Thermostats Webinar

New York Product Stewardship Council & Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinar

Mercury Matters: New York Heats Up Thermostat Legislation

Wednesday, December 5th

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

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Overview:

Each year, approximately 310,000 mercury thermostats are removed from service in New York State. Properly collected, the mercury in these devices can be recovered and carefully disposed, but when crushed or incinerated, the glass ampoule shatters and the mercury is released into the environment. Unfortunately, New York’s existing voluntary collection programs are currently capturing just over 1% of discarded thermostats. Over 98% of thermostats – containing more than one ton of mercury – are being sent to landfills and waste-to-energy facilities in New York each year.

New York has some of the most progressive environmental policies in the US, yet ranked 31st in the nation in thermostat recovery per capita in 2008, even though the state has had a ban on landfilling thermostats in place since 2005. Some of the best performing states are those with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws for thermostats, some of which include financial incentives or "bounties” to encourage recovery. On the webinar, our expert panel will discuss how New York can solve its mercury problem through the successful passage of strong legislation to incentivize thermostat collection. Ample time will be provided for audience participation.

Moderator:

Marjorie Torelli, Coordinator, New York Product Stewardship Institute

Panelists: Laura Haight, Senior Environmental Associate, New York Public Ins

Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Gary Gulka, Assistance and Pollution Prevention Chief, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Karl Palmer, Pollution Prevention Performance Manager, Calif. Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (Invited)

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Marjorie Torelli, Coordinator, New York Product Stewardship Institute

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Laura Haight, Senior Environmental Associate, New York Public Interest Research Group

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Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

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Gary Gulka, Assistance and Pollution Prevention Chief, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

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Karl Palmer, Pollution Prevention Performance Manager, Calif. Dept. of Toxic Substances Control (Invited)

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Additional state government representative(s) to be added





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