15th Series: Product Stewardship Institute Webinars
How Legislated Product Stewardship Programs Strengthen the Economy
|Thursday, April 25th|
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET / 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. PT
|Audio Recording||How Legislated Product Stewardship Programs... Webinar Recording|
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|Presentation||How Legislated Product Stewardship Programs Strengthen the Economy|
|Background Materials |
Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery
Oregon Metro, Metro Paint
|Overview: ||Product stewardship programs—particularly those backed by legislation—have a unique ability to create market opportunities while saving taxpayer dollars. They do this by providing new material streams for the manufacture of recycled-content products, by spurring innovation in R+D, and by creating corollary jobs across the products’ lifecycles. Through a review of three case studies pertaining to mattresses, electronics, and paint, this webinar will highlight the experiences and successes of actual recycling businesses and municipalities that benefit from the passage of product stewardship laws. Attendees will explore best practices for recyclers; the role that businesses play in helping to promote product stewardship policies; and the potential for product stewardship policies to spawn other economic development solutions.|
Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute
|Speakers: ||Pascal Cohen, Chief Executive Office, Recyc-Mattresses|
|Peter Bennison, Vice President, Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery|
|Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Oregon Metro|
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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.
Pascal Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Recyc-Mattresses
Pascal is a co-founder of Recyc-Mattresses, a Montreal, QC-based company that finds innovative solutions for recycling used mattresses and box springs. Recyc-Mattresses is well-established in Toronto, South Florida, and in the suburbs of Paris. He currently operates 9 recycling facilities. A new branch opening soon in Calgary will allow Recyc-Mattresses to expand in the Canadian West. Pascal has been in the recycling business since 1992 (car, carpet, and mattress recycling). Prior to the recycling business, he started an online company in the pre-internet age of 1988. Pascal attended University at HEC Montreal Business School.
Peter Bennison, Vice President, Business Development, Regional Computer Recycling & Recovery
Peter joined RCR&R in July 2009 and has 22 years of experience working in the electronics recycling and solid waste industries, with companies ranging from start-ups to multi-nationals. RCR&R is the largest electronics recycling operation in New York with over 140 employees, processing nearly 25 pounds of e-waste annually. Peter is active in the electronics recycling industry, serving for the past nine years on the organization committees for education sessions at the two largest national e-waste recycling conferences. He is also an active member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and the current chair of the education committee of ISRI’s Electronics Recycling Division. Peter holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Oregon Metro Regional Government
Jim has worked in the hazardous waste management field since 1984. He began in the private sector, serving as a chemist and regulatory compliance officer for a small hazardous waste recycling company in Northern California. Since 1991, he has been with Metro, a metropolitan area-wide agency that oversees solid waste disposal in the Portland, Oregon region. He manages Metro’s Hazardous Waste Program, which includes two permanent hazardous waste facilities, a series of HHW collection events around the region, a small business hazardous waste collection program, and MetroPaint, a state of the art latex paint recycling facility. Jim is also a board member and policy committee chair of NAHMMA, the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association. Jim has a BA in Chemistry from Reed College and an MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.
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