Regional Collaboration and Setting Priorities
More than 50 federal, state, and local government officials, along with representatives of state product stewardship organizations and key organizations in the region attended a meeting in Amherst, Massachusetts, on November 30, 2012, to discuss opportunities to work together on EPR programs and regional product stewardship priorities.
There was clear and significant interest among those attending the meeting to continue to work together to promote product stewardship in the northeast Although some attendees were interested in starting a new Northeast Product Stewardship Council, that was seen as a longer term proposition. The majority preferred to use existing product stewardship networks to advance EPR in the interim. The group consensus was for PSI to be the coordinating entity pending the availability of resources. There was interest in PSI coordinating a follow up conference call to discuss next steps, as well as to invite the American Coatings Association and Paint Care to a second regional product stewardship meeting. PSI will convene that second meeting, and will seek assistance from among the many in the group who expressed interest in helping out, including the Northeast Recycling Council and PaintCare. The region identified the following products as top legislative priorities: Paint (ME, NY, VT, NJ); Packaging and Printed Materials (CT, RI, VT); Pesticides and Fertilizers (CT, VT, NJ); Mattresses (CT, RI); Carpet (CT, NY); and Fluorescent lamps (NY, NJ).
Final Participant List
Handout - Mandatory EPR Laws, Legislation and Deposit Programs: Northeastern U.S. and Eastern Canada
Handout - Criteria for Identifying Priority Products for EPR in Connecticut and a List of Potential Product Waste Streams for EPR
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