2017 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum Awards

All recipients pictured with Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute. 

At the 2017 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum, the Product Stewardship Institute recognized agency and company leaders who have achieved significant success in moving product stewardship programs and polices forward. Recipients include:

Andrew Radin, Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, NY – “Thoughtful Motivator Award” 
As Chair of the New York Product Stewardship Council and a participant on PSI’s Board of Directors, Andrew continues to make a consistent impact on environmental policy through his thoughtfulness and tact. He has spearheaded efforts to build support for numerous extended producer responsibility bills in New York, including for paint, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and batteries. Andrew also played a key role in the state’s textile recovery efforts through the Re-Clothe NY Coalition, for which he helped facilitate a set of landmark Coalition standards that establish common messaging and ensure the best possible use of donated textiles.

Walter Willis, Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL – “Lighting a Fire Award”
Walter acts as a lead motivator for the Illinois Product Stewardship Council’s stewardship efforts for electronics, paint, pharmaceuticals, and other products. He has both a keen technical understanding about safe product management and the political savvy to advocate for extended producer responsibility policies in his state. He has also served many years on PSI’s Board of Directors.

Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Metro Regional Government, OR – “Frontiersman Award” 
Jim has led the way on innovative toxics reduction policies and programs for years, including for paint stewardship in the early 2000’s and for household hazardous waste today. He also manages the country’s largest government-run recycled paint manufacturing facility, which recycled the first paint can from the PaintCare paint stewardship program back in 2010. 

Carole Cifrino, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection – “Cultivating the Next Generation Award”
Carole has spent her career supporting product stewardship policies and programs in Maine. In fact, she contributed to the passage of Maine’s 7 existing extended producer responsibility laws for batteries, auto switches, electronics, fluorescent lamps, paint, thermostats, and a framework law. Carole continues to serve as a great mentor to the next generation of product stewardship practitioners and advocates, providing ample opportunities to learn and do.

Jen Jackson, Toxics Reduction + Healthy Ecosystems Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment, CA – “Drug Take-Back Maven Award”
In San Francisco, California, Jen Jackson has implemented one of the nation’s first extended producer responsibility laws for pharmaceuticals, which mandated the pharmaceutical industry to finance and manage a take-back program for leftover drugs. Jen continues to improve upon San Francisco’s legislation in ways that benefit the greater national drug take-back movement, consistently providing lessons learned to others in the field. 

Cheryl Reedy, Former Director, Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, CT – “Sowing Seeds Award” 
Cheryl Reedy has been a key proponent for extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies and product stewardship programs in Connecticut for decades. She was one of the founding members of the CT Product Stewardship Council, which helped establish the state’s priority products and laid the groundwork for its existing mattress, paint, electronics, and thermostat EPR laws.

Carl Smith, Chief Executive Officer + President, Call2Recycle –
“Conductor Award”   

Carl Smith leads Call2Recycle, an industry-wide program to recycle batteries, which has increased the amount of batteries collected from consumers every year since its inception. Carl works adeptly within the context of both regulatory and voluntary battery collection programs, expertly facilitating partnerships with government agencies, PSI, and the industry alike. He also serves on PSI’s Advisory Council.

Joachim Quoden, Managing Director, Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA) – “Connector Award” 
Joachim Quoden is a global influencer who connects key stakeholders in Europe, Canada, the United States, and beyond in an effort to increase packaging recycling worldwide. He is one of the world’s experts on extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs for packaging, particularly those run by non-profit stewardship organizations. He also serves on PSI’s Advisory Council.

Mark Kurschner, President, ProductCare Association of Canada (PCA) – “Cornerstone Award” 

As President of ProductCare, Mark Kurschner runs highly effective stewardship programs in various provinces throughout Canada for paint, household hazardous waste, pesticides, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, and more. These programs provide lessons learned for similar programs in the U.S.; for instance, Mark’s patience in explaining the Canadian paint stewardship program in the early 2000’s was instrumental in PSI’s agreement with the paint industry, which served as the foundation for the existing 9 paint stewardship laws in the U.S. 

Garth Hickle, Consultant, University of Minnesota 
“Charting the Course Award” 

Throughout his 20 years with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Garth provided expert advice to the product stewardship movement and helped chart the course for effective extended producer responsibility policies throughout the U.S. He has also played a key role in the Global Product Stewardship Council and on PSI’s Board of Directors.

Allen Langdon, Managing Director, Recycle BC – “Lighting the Way Award”
Allen Langdon runs an exemplary industry-funded extended producer responsibility program for packaging in British Columbia, Canada. Allen consistently provides lessons learned from B.C.’s program and translates them to the U.S. simply and effectively. While he faced opposition and skepticism prior to implementing B.C.’s program, he has since put in place a system for managing post-consumer packaging that has become the standard to achieve. Allen also serves on PSI's Advisory Council.