PSI Webinar 12th Series

12th Networking Webinar Series
October 2011 - January 2012

Exploring the Economic Growth, Environmental Protection, and Cost Savings that can be Achieved through Producer Responsibility
Tuesday, January 31
2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST

Overview: At a time when unemployment is high and the economy is sagging, you might think that we would look for ways to reduce waste. Unfortunately, Americans continue to dispose of most of their products and packaging, wasting valuable resources, losing job and economic development opportunities, pushing exorbitant costs onto cash-strapped government agencies, and causing environmental risks. Producer responsibility programs have the potential to reverse this wasteful and costly trend. On this webinar, speakers and participants will discuss the potential for more domestic jobs, reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and toxic substances, and other important benefits our country could achieve with increased recycling. We will also discuss the cost savings for local government that can be achieved when recycling is financed and managed by the companies that produce consumer products and their packaging. Speakers will describe two key studies from the past year that describe economic and environmental benefits associated with recycling, as well as the actual cost savings achieved by one local government through the first year of a paint product stewardship program.

Presenters: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: James Goldstein, Senior Fellow, Tellus Institute
Shannon Davis, US EPA Region 9
Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Metro Regional Government (OR)

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How Incentives Change Consumer Behavior within the Context of EPR
Wednesday, January 25
1:30-3:00 PM EST/10:30-12:00 PM PST
Overview: The three key elements for successful product stewardship programs are access to convenient programs, awareness about those programs, and incentives to use them. Having only the first two elements does not guarantee success. Consumers have a lot to think about. How do we change their behavior so that they care about what we care about, and care enough to do something about it? Should we make them feel guilty by hitting them over the head with moral responsibility? Make it fun? Or motivate them with free stuff and money? This webinar will explore these questions, introduce you to two of the newer incentive-based programs - Terracycle and Recyclebank - and explore how these efforts divert waste from disposal by using rewards and other financial incentives to encourage consumers to recycle. Representatives from both of these companies will address how their programs are operated and the strategies they employ to change consumer behavior. The webinar will also explore how incentive-based pricing systems (e.g., pay-as-you-throw) work within the context of Ontario's extended producer responsibility (EPR) law for packaging and printed materials. In fact, we will explore whether and how all the incentive programs can operate in the context of EPR systems, how significant they are in helping EPR programs reach performance targets, and how effective they are overall in reducing waste.

Presenters: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists:Jo Opot, Global Vice President, Business Development, Terracycle
Preston Read, Senior Vice President, Gov't Affairs, Recyclebank
Chris van Rossem, Manager, Research and Policy, Waste Diversion Ontario

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EPR for Packaging and Printed Materials:
Status Update and Stakeholder Perspectives
Thursday, January 19
1:00-2:30 PM EST/10:00-11:30 AM PST
Overview: Packaging and printed material comprise nearly 40 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. With EPR packaging laws in more than 30 European countries and soon to be in 4 Canadian provinces, it was only a matter of time until the U.S. product stewardship movement turned its attention to exploring how to apply EPR to this significant waste stream component. Applying EPR to the wide range of packaging and printed materials will require a significant shift in the roles of a wide range of players in the public and private sectors. What might this change look like for you? Will the benefits of EPR be worth the costs? Over the past year, there have been a growing number of initiatives providing outlets for discussion. This webinar will provide a snapshot of the current status of these initiatives to keep the audience informed of an ever-changing EPR landscape for packaging and printed materials. In addition, you will hear from expert panelists who will provide their unique perspectives that are representative of the following stakeholder groups: a brand owner, material commodity, waste management company, and government agency. These panelists will also highlight the key questions they feel must be answered before an EPR system is established for packaging and printed materials, and will outline the key challenges and opportunities related to what packaging for EPR may look like in the U.S. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience comments and questions.

Presenters: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: Michael Washburn, Director of Sustainability, Nestlé Waters North America
Scott Mouw, Chief, Community and Business Assistance, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Rich Abramowitz, Director of Public Affairs, Waste Management
Beth Schmitt, Director of Recycling, Alcoa

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Mattress Stewardship Legislation: The Time has Come
Thursday, November 17
12:00-1:00 PM EST/9:00-10:00 AM PST

Overview: Mattresses and box springs are relative newcomers to product stewardship initiatives in the United States. About 40 million mattresses and box springs are sold in the United States each year. Whether they are recycled or disposed of, used mattresses represent a significant cost for local governments and institutions to manage. Motivated to reduce an estimated $400,000 annual cost to dispose of residential mattresses, the City of Hartford, Connecticut, has taken the national lead on mattress stewardship, and is drafting EPR legislation for mattresses. PSI, the City of Hartford, and the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority will be hosting a Mattress Stakeholder Dialogue Meeting on November 4 to encourage manufacturers, retailers, and other stakeholders to participate in shaping legislation. This webinar will provide an overview of the mattress stewardship issue, including the problems and costs of managing mattresses. It will feature key elements of extended producer responsibility legislation for mattresses and an update on the outcomes of the November 4 stakeholder meeting.

Presenters: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute
Stefanie Wnuck, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: Tom Metzner, Environmental Analyst, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Bradford Mitchell, Project Manager, Greater Bridgeport Community Enterprises, Inc.
Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Assistant to Director, City of Hartford, Connecticut

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Electronics Stewardship Legislation: Lessons Learned from High Performing Programs
Monday, November 21
3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00-1:00 PM PT
Overview: Used electronic products are the world's fastest growing waste problem due to their quantity, rapid obsolescence, and toxicity. While the number of extended producer responsibility laws is proliferating, there are wide variations among the 25 existing laws. These variations have significant impacts on the amount of material collected, how that material is managed, the efficiency of the program, and the overall administrative burden on government officials. On this webinar, PSI and NCER will review the different models adopted and their effectiveness at increasing responsible electronics recycling. This overview will be followed by a discussion with participants about the lessons that can be gleaned from the performance of existing programs.

Kate Hagemann, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute
Jason Linnell, Executive Director, National Center for Electronics Recycling

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Carpet Stewardship Legislation: Seeking Better Results

Tuesday, November 22
2:00-3:00 PM ET/ 11:00-12:00 PM PT

Overview: Approximately 2.7 million tons of carpet and rugs are disposed of annually, representing about 1.2 percent of the municipal solid waste stream. While carpet does not pose a toxicity hazard, it is a bulky item that represents a significant cost to manage. Over the past 12 years, the carpet industry has sought consensus on voluntary goals for landfill diversion and recycling. A 2002 Memorandum of Understanding setting a landfill diversion goal of 40 percent by 2012 was not met, with diversion at only 5.6% percent and recycling at 4.5% percent in 2010. Owing to the slow rate of progress on the issue, the first carpet stewardship law was passed in California in 2010, with legislation also introduced in Washington and New York in 2011. This webinar will cover a brief history of the carpet stewardship effort, the current status of legislative and voluntary activities, and elements of a model carpet stewardship bill.

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute

Presenter:Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, MN Pollution Control Agency

Expert Panelists: Shannon McClelland, Waste 2 Resources Program, WA Department of Ecology
Kathy Frevert, Senior Integrated Waste Management Specialist, CA Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

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Phone Book Stewardship Legislation and the Opportunity for Corporate Leadership

Wednesday, November 30
2:00-3:00 PM ET/11:00-12:00 PM PT

Overview: Every year, more than 650,000 tons of phone books are delivered to households across the country, despite the fact that many residents have more convenient, and less wasteful, ways to access the same information. While a third of all phone books are recycled, 410,000 tons still find their way to landfills or incinerators, costing taxpayers more than $59 million each year in management costs. For the past five years, PSI has worked with directory publishers, government officials, and environmental advocates to create better residential opt-out options and increase phone book recycling. Based on these negotiations, the Local Search Association created a website for residents to use to opt-out of receiving unwanted phone books. Many government officials, however, are not satisfied with the level of transparency the system provides, and the promotion of the website. These efforts have led to legislative developments, including the City of Seattle's opt-out law and the City of San Francisco's opt-in phone book delivery ordinance. PSI has also developed model legislation for use at the state or local level. This webinar will provide background on the issue of phone book stewardship, an overview of the legislative landscape, and an update on Catalog Choice's third party system for ensuring data transparency.

Presenters: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute
Mike Younis, Associate of Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: Chuck Teller, Executive Director, Catalog Choice
Maggie Stonecipher, AVP - Paper, Print & Delivery, DexOne
Dick Lilly, Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship Business Area Manager, Seattle Public Utilities, WA

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Product Stewardship 101

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
2:00 - 3:00 PM EST/11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Overview: This Networking Call will provide an introductory overview for policymakers and practitioners seeking a better understanding of the basic concepts of product stewardship and the evolution of the product stewardship movement. What is the origin of the product stewardship movement and what goals does it hope to achieve? How does it relate to extended producer responsibility? What are the expected roles of manufacturers, retailers, local, state, and federal agencies, waste management companies, and other stakeholders? How will your job change as a result of product stewardship programs and legislation? What is the status of the movement and where is it heading? How can you get involved? We will outline examples of product stewardship programs at the local, state, national, and international levels, and explore emerging issues in the field. This call will also provide an overview of the product stewardship resources available to PSI members and partners, including legislative tracking, updates, and maps.

Presenter: Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute

Panelists: Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
Theresa Stiner, Senior Environmental Specialist, IA Department of Natural Resources

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Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Legislation: Where are we now?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

1:00-2:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM-11:00 AM PST

Overview:While more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, fluorescent lamps contain mercury, which is released to the environment when they are thrown in the trash. Fluorescent lamp recycling has become increasingly important for the residential and small business sectors with the increased use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in the past ten years. Beginning in 2012, federal energy efficiency standards set in the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act signed by President George W. Bush will require manufacturers to improve household bulb efficiency by 30 percent. This essentially phases out 40 to 100 watt bulbs by 2014, leaving CFLs as the most readily available general purpose lighting. Maine, Washington, and Vermont have passed laws requiring lighting manufacturers to reduce the mercury content in their products and provide for collection and recycling to prevent the release of mercury to the environment. While these three laws set a precedent for the rest of the country, they are also quite different from each other. Several other states have considered extended producer responsibility legislation in recent years, and more are expected to do so in 2012. Meanwhile, lamp manufacturers oppose internalizing the cost of EPR legislation on lamps, and in some places have begun to float legislation that includes a fee collected at retail and does not include any performance standards. This call will review the status of the federal efficiency standards, the states that have passed stewardship laws, and key features of state EPR legislation.

Presenter: Sierra Fletcher, Director of Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: Michael Bender, Director, Mercury Policy Project/Zero Mercury Working Group?
Alicia Culver, Executive Director, Responsible Purchasing Network
Jo-Anne St. Goddard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario
Kara Steward, Environmental Specialist, WA Department of Ecology

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Mercury Thermostat Collection Programs:How Much Mercury Are We Capturing?

Wednesday, October 26
1:00-2:00 PM ET / 10:00-11:00 AM PT

Overview: Despite a 12-year voluntary industry effort nationwide, only about five percent of mercury thermostats are being collected. The result is the emission of an estimated 4 to 7 tons of mercury into our environment each year from the improper disposal of mercury thermostats. Nine states have now passed extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws based on a model developed by PSI that require thermostat manufacturers to safely collect their products when they are discarded by consumers. On this webinar, PSI will review the status of these laws and discuss the key principles that should be included in successful state programs including public transparency, incentives, and performance goals.

Presenter: Kate Hagemann, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists: Ed Benelli, Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology,CA Environmental Protection Agency
Mark Lowry, Executive Vice President, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)

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* PSI Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
* PSI Partners pay $45 per webinar
* Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay $60 per webinar

Not sure if you are a PSI Member or Partner? Please visit the Membership and Partnership Information page to see if you qualify for a discounted rate.

Interested attendees must register for each networking webinar separately. Non PSI Members or Partners will be contacted after registration for payment.

Questions? Contact Erin Linsky Graeber, PSI's Senior Associate of Outreach and Communications at 617-236-4866 or

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Fulton County D.S.W.

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Pinellas County, FL

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Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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