When stockpiled or improperly disposed, household, agricultural, and other pesticides threaten our health and environment with accidental poisonings, fires, and leaks or spills. Although many states and local communities devote substantial resources to safely manage unwanted pesticides, significant problems persist, including a lack of sustainable funding and convenient collection, as well as low consumer awareness.
On this webinar, you will learn the best practices for end-of-life pesticide management and take away practical strategies to develop or improve your state’s program. Government and industry speakers from the U.S. and Canada will explore the current landscape of pesticide stewardship, including successes, challenges, and potential solutions.
Together, the webinar speakers and attendees will push forward the national discussion on pesticide stewardship. There will also be plenty of time to discuss potential solutions and answer questions.
Suna Bayrakal, PhD
Director, Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute
Suna is an experienced policy analyst and researcher with an environmental engineering background. Her role at PSI includes managing policy projects and program staff, designing and conducting research, and developing legislative strategy and policy positions. Suna’s main project focus is on household hazardous waste, mercury products, and batteries. Prior to joining PSI, Suna received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from York University in Toronto with dissertation research focused on the relationship between environmental policy and technology change. Suna also previously conducted recycling research at the Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, both from Iowa State University.
Ag Chemical Consultant, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Stan Kaminski worked in private industry for 10 years after receiving his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He became a public servant after that and has worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for the last 31 years. The waste pesticide collection program has been his focus for 26 years now. He also helps oversee the Empty Pesticide Container Recycling program, which is well utilized in Minnesota.
Senior Policy Analyst, British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Kristi is a Senior Policy Analysis with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. In her work with the extended producer responsibility (EPR) section, Kristi is the file lead for a number of producer programs covering thousands of producers and products from kettles to lawnmowers. She is also the in-house expert on non-financial audit requirements applied to verify the key information in annual reports and is the EPR lead for the ministry’s hazardous waste working group.
Barry Friesen, P.Eng.
General Manager, CleanFarms
Barry Friesen is a professional engineer and General Manager of Cleanfarms Inc. Barry loves waste-resource management and works to eliminate waste in our society. Cleanfarms, the company Barry currently manages is an industry stewardship company responsible for managing the collection, recycling and safe disposal of agricultural waste across Canada.
Barry also serves on the Board of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council, the Board of the Alberta Plastic Recycling Association and has also served as past Board member of his local Rotary Club, chair of the Board of the Compost Council of Canada, past Board member of the Recycling Council of Ontario and the past Chair of the National Task Force on Packaging.
Scott Cassel (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience across multiple product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.
This material is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are solely the responsibility of authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Utilities Programs.