PSI Networking Calls Packaging Series - Call # 4

Product Stewardship and Packaging Networking Conference Call Series
January - February 2011

Industry Trade Organization Perspectives on Packaging EPR in Canada and Europe

Tuesday, February 15th

2:00 - 3:30 PM EST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST


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While the United States targeted electronics, paint, and mercury products for our early extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs, Europe tackled packaging. More than 30 European countries have packaging EPR laws, with some systems in place for 20 years. Four Canadian provinces also have EPR laws on packaging, and almost all the provinces have container deposit laws. This webinar will feature key industry representatives from Europe and Canada providing their perspectives on packaging EPR systems, including positive program aspects, challenges they face, and advice for us in the U.S. about how to do it better. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.



Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel is the Executive Director of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which pursues initiatives to ensure that all those involved in the lifecycle of a product share responsibility for reducing its health and environmental impacts. 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 25 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, including 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.

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Jane Bickerstaffe, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN)
Jane Bickerstaffe, Director, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN)
Jane has been Director of INCPEN since 2000, having been its Technical Director since 1993. She trained as a biochemist and has over 20 years experience working on packaging and environmental issues. She spent two years in the late 1980s as a consultant to the UK Government's first Minister with responsibility for recycling. She has written many reports on wastes management and the environmental impact of packaging systems and lectured internationally on these topics. She coordinated one of the first lifecycle analysis studies on packaging in the 1980s and organized the first detailed analysis of the composition of household waste in the UK with Merseyside County Council. She is a member of the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment, and its Waste and Resources R&D Advisory Committee, Fellow of the Institute of Packaging, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, member of the Institute of Wastes Management and International Solid Waste Association. Previously, she worked for Cable and Wireless, Unilever, and Metal Box (now Crown Europe).

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Julian Carroll, (The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment - EUROPEN)
Julian Carroll is Managing Director for the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN). Since his appointment in 1993 EUROPEN has grown under Carroll’s leadership to become the recognized voice of industry on issues of packaging and environment in Europe. EUROPEN, an industry and trade organization open to any company with an economic interest in packaging, acts as a catalyst of stakeholder dialogue to promote greater understanding and acceptance of the function and vital contribution of packaging to resource efficiency and sustainable development. Before assuming responsibilities at EUROPEN, Carroll was director of corporate affairs/ Europe for Lawson Mardon Group, a Canadian company now part of Amcor. He had responsibility for group corporate environment policy where together with several other industry executives he saw the need for a pan-European industry body such as EUROPEN and helped to found it in 1991.

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Catherine Abel, (Food and Consumer Products of Canada)
Catherine Abel joined Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) in July 2005. As Vice President, Environment and Sustainability, Catherine is the lead advocate on environmental issues on behalf of the food and consumer products industry. She provides strategic advice to provincial governments on waste diversion, packaging stewardship, and chemicals management policies. Catherine serves on the Board of Directors for Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba, the steward responsibility organization (SRO) established to support Manitoba’s new packaging recycling program, and is an active participant in the Global Packaging Project.

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Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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