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12th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Carpet Stewardship Legislation: Seeking Better Results

Tuesday, November 22nd

2:00 - 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 - 12:00 PM PT


Audio Recording

Background Materials

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.


Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Expert Panelists:

Garth Hickle, MN Pollution Control Agency
Shannon McClelland, WA Department of Ecology
Kathy Frevert, CA Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)


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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 30 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.

Garth Hickle, MN Pollution Control Agency
Garth Hickle is the product stewardship team leader with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has been with the MPCA since 1996 working on product stewardship for various products including packaging, electronics and carpet. Prior to that he worked as a lobbyist on environmental and energy issues and at the Minnesota State Senate. He is the Chair of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Product Stewardship Task Force. He was named a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow in 2001 to pursue research in international product stewardship policy. He has published articles in Corporate Environmental Strategy, Pollution Prevention Review, Environmental Quality Management, Resource Recycling and The Environmental Forum. He holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a M.A. from Hamline University and is Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Shannon McClelland, WA Department of Ecology
Shannon McClelland’s experience in solid waste began eight years ago working for a rural local government in WA, as the area's recycling, litter, and HHW coordinator. She has worked for the WA State Department of Ecology as an environmental planner addressing sustainability issues related to waste, typically from residential sources, for the last five years. She became involved with carpet recycling issues in 2009 and is the agency lead for carpet stewardship efforts in WA and nationally. Shannon has a BS in Communications and Psychology from Northern Arizona University and a Master's in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College.

Kathy Frevert, CA Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)
Kathy Frevert serves as a team leader for Product Stewardship at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (previously the California Integrated Waste Management Board). In 2007 the product stewardship team was charged with implementing CalRecycle’s strategic directive that seeks statutory authority to foster "cradle-to-cradle” producer responsibility and to develop producer-financed and producer-managed systems for product discards. The team now embarks on implementing two new recycling laws for carpet and paint.

Previously, Kathy facilitated activities for the State’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Task Force (2005-2007) and Sustainability Building Task Force (2000-2004), an inter-agency task force that worked on the state's first LEED green building projects.

In her spare time she enjoys family outings, the outdoors, dancing, and painting.

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Pinellas County, FL

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Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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