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EPR for PPP: Policies, Practices & Performance

PSI's seminal report provides guidance for stabilizing and modernizing fragmented U.S. municipal recycling systems that have strained under the weight of major market disruptions.


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PSI's Toolkit for Packaging EPR

PSI has released a Packaging EPR Toolkit to raise awareness about the benefits of EPR and what it can look like. Our plastic reduction guides help restaurants and universities eliminate single-use plastics.

 

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EPR for Packaging Hits the National Stage

On February 11, 2020, Sen. Udall and Rep. Lowenthall introduced the "Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act." This bill holds producers responsible for waste they produce. PSI assisted in creating the bill, particularly in making EPR the centerpiece.

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NY State Passes 11th Paint Stewardship Law in U.S.

Residents and business across New York State will soon be able to recycle their unwanted paint thanks to a new law that was overwhelmingly approved by the NY State legislature and recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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EPR Achievements: The Case of Paint in the U.S.

In this article for Coatings World, Scott Cassel and Kristin Aldred Cheek chronicle Paint EPR’s long road to legislation in the U.S. Thanks to a framework for EPR negotiated by PSI, 7 million gallons of paint are now recycled annually.

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Can Companies Take Care of What You Toss?

Scott Cassel sat down with Portland regional leadership to discuss producer responsibility, answer some questions, and riff on his harmonica.


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Senator Tom Udall & Rep. Alan Lowenthal Introduce EPR-Driven Packaging Bill

In February, Sen. Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act. With EPR as the centerpiece, the bill shifts the financial and management burden for recycling from local governments and taxpayers to packaging producers and brand owner. The EPR component was informed by PSI’s policy model, part of a larger toolkit for packaging stewardship.

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NY State Passes 11th Paint EPR Law in U.S.

Residents and business across New York State will soon be able to recycle their unwanted paint thanks to a new law that was overwhelmingly approved by the NY State legislature and recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Oregon Drug Take-Back Bill Becomes Law

The law requires drug manufacturers to pay for and run a drug take-back program, ensuring that Oregonians have free access to safe drug disposal.

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Tackling Food Service Waste, Pre- and Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic upended PSI's plans to create a guide for restaurants and eateries on how to reduce food service waste. Fortunately, we pivoted rather than give up.

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Safe Operations Key to Product Take-Back Programs

Interrupted product take-back programs mean higher risks for public health and the environment, as people store or even improperly dispose of hazardous materials.

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Waste Reduction Policies Facing Rollbacks Amid Global Pandemic

State and local governments are facing increasing pressure to reverse, delay, or otherwise roll back environmentally beneficial waste reduction policies, such as fees or bans on plastic bags, in the name of public health.

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Supporting our Product Stewardship Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The novel Coronavirus crisis demonstrates very clearly the importance of government in our society. We are proud to see so many state and local governments doing everything they can to safeguard public health and to see government and industry working cooperatively to find solutions.

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