How Do Packaging EPR Programs Impact Cost of Goods and Product Design?
November 21, 2016
Packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs are beneficial for many reasons, but two advantages stand out: improving packaging design and reducing the costs of recovering materials due to higher system efficiency. However, there is a lack of understanding among U.S. stakeholders as to exactly how EPR systems influence packaging design, as well as how shifting financial responsibility to producers can impact the cost of consumer goods. In this webinar, PSI’s expert speakers will explain how stewardship fees for packaging are structured within a wide array of international EPR programs, and how these fees impact both packaging material choices and average product costs.
Recycler and Waste Hauler Perspectives on EPR for Packaging
October 27, 2016
The U.S. recycling system has experienced a noticeable shift in the past few decades as the waste management and recycling industries have become increasingly privatized. A shift in the U.S. to EPR for consumer packaging would change the way the current contractual arrangements with recyclers and waste haulers are structured. Could the U.S. shift to an EPR scheme where consumer packaging manufacturers manage and fund the recycling system? Would this change be for the better? Could it provide stability during market downturns and simplify system economics? Who would ultimately own recycled material, and how would a shift in ownership change economic dynamics? Using the British Columbia system as a case study, expert speakers will explore these questions and more during the third part of PSI’s packaging webinar series.
Best Practices for Running a Pharmacy-Based Drug Take-Back Program (RECORDING)
September 21, 2016
Pharmacies can play an important role in providing their communities access to convenient drug take-back programs, particularly in rural areas. Not only do drug take-back programs provide an easy, safe, and effective way to reduce the public health and environmental impacts of leftover drugs, they also benefit pharmacies through increased foot traffic and customer loyalty. This webinar will walk attendees through best practices for setting up and implementing a drug take-back program at retail pharmacies and hospital pharmacies informed by a year-long pilot project in rural New York. Our knowledgeable pharmacists will discuss their experience with meeting the regulatory requirements to launch a program; how to set up a collection kiosk; the most effective outreach strategies for reaching residents in rural communities; and other key tips for running a successful drug take-back program.
New Department of Transportation Special Permit for Collected Pharmaceuticals (RECORDING)
July 27, 2016
Recently, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, issued two special permits for the shipment of liners containing collected materials from drug take-back programs. PHMSA approved new special permits to help “shippers” and “carriers” of collected pharmaceuticals comply. Who qualifies as a shipper or a carrier under these new requirements? What is the process for becoming party to PHMSA’s special permits? Can an alternative proposal to the existing special permits be submitted and considered by PHMSA? Will this process change in the future? Representatives from PHMSA will answer these questions and more on this free PSI info session.
Improving EPR Programs Worldwide - the New OECD Guidelines (RECORDING)
June 29, 2016
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released a 2016 update to their Guidance Manual for Governments on EPR, which provides an in-depth analysis of the key issues and the potential benefits and costs associated with EPR programs. What lessons learned can U.S. stakeholders apply from international programs to increase recycling, efficiency, and program growth? In this webinar, Peter Börkey, team leader for resource productivity and waste at the OECD, will present some of the insights and recommendations stemming from the report that will help U.S. stakeholders improve their EPR programs. Reid Lifset, expert researcher on international EPR programs from Yale University, will delve into the OECD’s implementation guidelines, detailing the roles and responsibilities of producers, governments, and other stakeholders in various EPR systems worldwide.
Local Government Perspectives on EPR for Packaging (RECORDING)
June 21, 2016
Local governments in the U.S. have been collecting post-consumer packaging waste for over 40 years. In most American communities, these recycling programs compete for increasingly scarce local tax revenues with other critical public services, such as police and fire departments, libraries, and schools. In contrast to the U.S., many Canadian provinces—including British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec—have implemented innovative policy approaches to finance municipal recycling programs outside of the local tax structure through extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws. Such policies have led to increased recycling rates and improved efficiency in local programs, while also helping to meet the needs of the commodity industries and saving money for governments. Could the U.S. undergo a similar shift within the confines of the current infrastructure, without disrupting efficiency?
Exploring the Circular Economy and How EPR Fits In (POSTPONED)
June 14, 2016
In December 2015, the European Commission announced its new Circular Economy Package, a plan to “end our reliance on the rubbish heap and turn waste into a resource.” By incorporating eco design, waste prevention, and reuse and recycling into business strategy, the European Commission hopes to save money, create jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the continent. This PSI webinar will explore how the concept of the “circular economy” emerged, how it is different from concepts we’re all familiar with – cradle to cradle, recycling, and zero waste – and why extended producer responsibility schemes play such an important role in accomplishing the European Commission’s goals.
Examples of Change: Packaging EPR in Europe and Canada (RECORDING)
June 1, 2016
When it comes to recycling and recovery of consumer packaging, not all programs are equal. Belgium and British Columbia (B.C.) boast 80% recycling and recovery rates, respectively. In contrast, according to the U.S. EPA, the U.S. recycling rate for these materials hovers around 50%. In many European countries and Canadian provinces, extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for packaging have been successful at saving governments money, increasing efficiency, and improving recycling rates. In this session, our expert speakers will explore how the Belgian and B.C. EPR programs work, and lend insights into program structure, successes, and challenges.
Advanced Paint Stewardship 2016 (RECORDING)
May 24, 2016
For those looking for a deep dive into the paint stewardship landscape, this free, interactive webinar will provide an update on program roll-out, legislative developments, and significant challenges and solutions. Expert speakers will discuss key aspects of passing paint stewardship legislation, including how to overcome opposition and why local governments play a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for passing new laws. On the implementation side, speakers from PaintCare and PSI will detail how the program affects retailers, household hazardous waste programs, and contractors; how data, evaluation, and reporting are harmonized across state programs; and key strategies for running a successful program.
On the Rise: Improving Mercury Thermostat Collection Programs (RECORDING)
May 18, 2016
Many older household thermostats contain mercury—a toxic heavy metal that can pollute our waterways and cause serious human health problems when it enters the environment. Recycling mercury thermostats is an easy way to prevent the health and environmental impacts this metal can pose. On this free webinar, PSI’s expert speakers will explore lessons learned from successful mandatory and voluntary mercury thermostat recycling initiatives, and discuss how these tactics can help improve collection programs around the country. Complete with an ample Q&A period, this webinar will leave you with a list of tangible techniques for increasing mercury thermostat collection in your area.
Paint Stewardship: the Nuts and Bolts (RECORDING)
April 20, 2016
What’s on the horizon for paint stewardship? In the last seven years, eight states and the District of Columbia have successfully passed paint stewardship legislation, creating an industry-run program for managing the reuse, recycling, and safe disposal of leftover paint. The American Coatings American Coatings Association, PaintCare, PSI and other stakeholders are working tirelessly to pass similar legislation in states across the country while implementing the programs currently in place. For those who are new to paint stewardship, this webinar will step back to the very beginning to understand the basics, while providing an outlook for legislation across the country in 2016 and beyond.
2015 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum - Remote Sessions
December 8+9, 2015 (RECORDINGS)
In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) hosted the 2015 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum on December 8-9th in Boston, Massachusetts. Environmental experts from around the United States, Germany, Belgium, and Canada discussed issues regarding zero waste, extended producer responsibility (EPR), product stewardship, and the circular economy. Speakers addressed: pharmaceutical take-back programs as a means to address the U.S. prescription drug abuse epidemic; emerging solutions to address the growing cost of safely managing electronics scrap; why the U.S. is at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that require brand owners to properly manage the packaging they produce; and more. Session recordings and presentations now available for purchase:
A Quest for Convenience: Drug Take-Back at Retail Pharmacies (RECORDING)
October 15, 2015
When the DEA published its final rule last September, they expanded the number and types of entities that may be permitted to collect unwanted medications, making way for more numerous and convenient collection options for consumers. It has been widely accepted that retail pharmacies would provide the most convenient location for unused drug collection to the broadest population. How have these retail sites put this new rule into action? What does it take to create and manage one of these programs? What challenges did they face in implementing collection sites? Do retailers benefit from having a collection site in their pharmacy? (90 min.)
Carpet and Mattress Stewardship in Rural Areas (RECORDING)
June 30, 2015
This fourth and final webinar in our series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas will assist solid waste collectors in planning for the management of carpet and mattresses—two bulky, difficult-to-handle items that require certain infrastructure to be reused or recycled. This webinar will walk attendees through best practices for setting up the infrastructure for carpet and mattress stewardship programs. It will present information about the amount of collection space required, transportation requirements, appropriate processing centers, and materials recovery. And, it will discuss opportunities for all states to increase recycling opportunities and build capacity for carpet and mattress stewardship legislation. (90 min.)
Batteries: the Canadian Way (RECORDING)
June 23, 2015
With mobile products trending upward, the need for batteries has significantly increased in the last decade. It makes sense, therefore, that batteries have joined electronics, paint and others as a prime target for extended producer responsibility (EPR) mandates. Canada has led the way in North America in enacting laws that require manufacturers to finance and operate collection and recycling programs. British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec already have regulations in place, with other provinces (and US states) actively considering similar laws. Whether you’re operating in a current regulatory environment or are interested in exporting the Canadian experience to your area, come join our expert panel of speakers on this Call2Recycle-sponsored webinar, as they discuss current challenges and successes and lend insight into how battery stewardship programs have performed in Canada. (90 min.)
On the Road After the Alameda Decision (RECORDING)
June 9, 2015
The US Supreme Court’s decision to hear Big Pharma’s petition against the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance is nearing, and PSI is following the case each step of the way. After the announcement on May 26, PSI will be discussing the implications that the Court’s decision will have for local governments, drug take-back programs, and EPR laws across the country. On Tuesday, June 9 at 2pm, experts in law and local government will share their views on the impacts of this case, providing an insightful analysis of the future of pharmaceutical take-back across the nation. Join us for this thrilling, timely discussion, complete with an extensive Q&A session. (90 min.)
Advanced Paint Stewardship 2015 (RECORDING)
May 21, 2015
Part two in our series of Paint Stewardship Update Webinars will serve to bring us up to date on program roll-out, legislative developments, and key challenges and solutions. Specific topics discussed will include consumer convenience and program coverage, PaintCare collection contracts with local governments, transparency, regulatory changes to support retail paint collection and interstate transport, and more. Whether you're new to the movement or have been following paint stewardship closely, our expert speakers will give an insightful, detailed update on progress being made throughout the country. (90 min.)
Paint Stewardship 101 (RECORDING)
May 7, 2015
New to paint stewardship? Curious to learn the back-story, or to better understand what it would mean for your state? If you’re not yet up to speed or are looking to better understand the basics, this first webinar in our series of two Paint Stewardship Update Webinars will give you a chance to learn how the paint stewardship model came to be and how it works. Our expert speakers will explore the results of paint stewardship in states that have implemented legislation, including collection location convenience, cost savings, paint reuse, recycling, beneficial use, and more. We will also be looking forward to potential paint stewardship legislation in 2015 and beyond. (90 min.)
Take-Back Programs in Rural Areas and the Role of Retailers (RECORDING)
April 23, 2015
In the third webinar of our series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas, we will explore how retailers can reap the benefits of national, manufacturer-funded take-back programs. Attendees will learn which programs are most suitable for which type of retailer, how retailers can participate, why they should participate, and how can local governments and retailers work together to build a strong infrastructure for a collection of these materials. Featuring a diverse panel of retail speakers, the webinar will focus on programs for paint, rechargeable batteries, and mercury-containing thermostats. (60 min.)
Paint Stewardship in Rural Areas (RECORDING)
April 9, 2015
In this second webinar in our series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas we will explore low-cost ways to reduce paint waste—both for states with paint EPR laws and for those that are preparing to pass paint EPR laws. For states with laws, the webinar will examine requirements for rural collection, identify and resolve challenges that are unique to rural areas, explore ways to maximize material diversion, and assess options for promoting retail involvement. For states considering laws, the webinar will explore ways that rural communities can drive leftover paint to its highest and best use, examine ways these governments can prepare now for future paint legislation, and identify techniques for local governments to get their legislative priorities addressed in EPR laws. (90 min.)
Exploring the New Energizer EcoAdvanced Battery (RECORDING)
March 31, 2015
Energizer® has announced the release of Energizer® EcoAdvanced™-- the world's first AA batteries made with 4 percent recycled battery material, with a longer-term vision of 40 percent by 2025. These pioneering batteries require less virgin material to produce and are its longest-lasting alkaline battery. Energizer’s® new product alleviates battery waste, through both recycling and the extension of battery life, while maintaining product performance. This FREE webinar will explore the technological innovation developed by Energizer to achieve this breakthrough in battery sustainability, as well as discuss the life cycle assessment of the technologies used.
In the first webinar of this series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas, we will introduce HHW program managers, contractors, and local government officials to manufacturer-funded take-back programs that help maximize environmental performance while minimizing costs. We will focus on mercury-containing thermostats, auto switches, and rechargeable batteries. We will also examine manufacturer-funded take-back programs for tires, which—while not technically HHW—are still considerably costly to manage. (90 min.)
Increasing Packaging Recycling in the U.S. (RECORDING)
February 5, 2015
This webinar will explore three very different, but complementary, approaches to increasing the recycling of packaging: extended producer responsibility (EPR); the Recycling Partnership; and the Closed Loop Fund. EPR is a legislative approach that shifts the financial and managerial burden of recycling away from government and toward manufacturers. The Recycling Partnership is a voluntary approach that provides communities with grants, outreach campaigns, and technical assistance to grow recycling programs. Created by Curbside Value Partnership, a 501(c)3 with a decade-long commitment to recycling, it is funded by companies and organization such as Alcoa, Amcor, Ball, Coca-Cola, Sonoco, and more. The Closed Loop Fund was co-founded by Ron Gonen with the purpose of financing recycling infrastructure. The investors in the Fund are consumer goods companies and retailers who benefit from returning and using recycled material in their supply chain. (90 min.)
Reducing Plastic Marine Debris Through Source Reduction on College Campuses (RECORDING)
November 17, 2014
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) recently completed a first-in-the-nation project to promote plastic source reduction on three University of California campuses: Santa Barbara (UCSB), San Francisco (UCSF), and San Diego (UCSD). This webinar will provide an overview of PSI’s project, paying special attention to the lessons we learned so that other universities can take steps to reduce their reliance on disposable plastics. Such steps include incentivizing vendors to use compostable products by securing lower prices for them; ensuring that the plastics used in dining areas are recyclable; and soliciting the leadership of students, staff, or a combination of both, to carry out needed tasks. (90 min.)
Battery Stewardship Developments in the U.S. - A Joint Government and Industry Regulatory Solution for Single Use + Rechargeable Batteries (RECORDING)
November 5, 2014 - U.S.
November 6, 2014 - Australia
The U.S. is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months. This webinar will discuss the unique differences of the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, and outstanding challenges faced by state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead. (90 min.)
Understanding the Impacts of the DEA's Drug Take-Back Rule (RECORDING)
October 30, 2014
Changes are on the horizon for the way Americans can safely and securely return their medication for environmentally responsible disposal. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s final rule on the collection of controlled substances, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin--released September 9, 2014--will eventually give consumers much greater flexibility as to when, where, and how they can dispose of their unwanted medication. Law enforcement agencies may also continue to collect controlled substances, and may also now offer mail-back programs. Featuring a diverse and dynamic panel of thought leaders and pharmaceutical stewardship experts, this webinar will explore the health, environmental, technical, and financial implications of the new DEA rules for consumers, governments, law enforcement, pharmacies, manufacturers, and reverse distributors. (90 min.)
EPR as a Solution to Illegal Tire Dumping (RECORDING)
September 30, 2014
Illegal tire dumping can have a wide range of impacts, including unsightly pile-ups that pose public health and environmental hazards, increased waste management costs for local governments, and decreased property values. Small scale tire dumping has become an epidemic and is increasingly problematic for many urban, suburban, and rural communities. Hear from a panel of experts on the basic social, health, environmental, and economic impacts of mismanaged tires; the local, domestic, and foreign markets for tire recycling and re-sale; and why EPR could be the answer above and beyond voluntary industry efforts. (90 min.)
Mercury in Products: What the Numbers Say (RECORDING)
June 13, 2014
For nearly 15 years, state governments across the U.S. have been pursuing, enacting, or implementing legislation to reduce the amount of mercury that goes into certain products, such as thermostats, auto switches, lamps, dental amalgams, and batteries. What progress has been made in these efforts? What challenges lie ahead? This webinar explores trends in mercury use and mercury-containing product sales since 2001 using data from the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC). Learn what these trends in mercury use mean for product stewardship programs; how states are implementing phase-outs, labeling, sales bans, and collection plans for mercury-containing products; how to find this information on the IMERC database; and what these trends mean for the long-term management of mercury from these sources. (90 min.)
Product Stewardship for Rural Areas (RECORDING)
May 21, 2014
While rural counties have low populations, on a per-capita basis they
generate a significant amount of household hazardous waste. This webinar summarizes lessons learned from PSI’s three years of USDA-funded work to
maximize the use of voluntary take-back programs in rural parts of 10