PSI Networking Calls 13th Series - Local Gov't Perspectives

13th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR

Wednesday, May 9

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


Producer responsibility laws not only change the way waste management is financed but also change the roles played by all key stakeholders. This webinar will explore changes in local government agency roles following the implementation of U.S. stewardship laws on electronics and paint, and in British Columbia on a range of products, including packaging and printed materials. With the shifting of financial and management responsibility, producers naturally seek greater control of the system to reduce costs and achieve performance goals. On this webinar, speakers will explore how their roles are evolving or have changed pertaining to contracting for services, education of residents, collection of materials, and other key factors. They will also discuss how the roles changed for manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders. In addition, these officials will provide suggestions to other local governments facing similar transitions, and discuss the challenges they faced in relinquishing control to manufacturers while maintaining their regulatory and oversight role.


Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Panelists: Karen Fiedler, Solid Waste Supervisor, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Monica Kosmak, Program Manager - Zero Waste Planning, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
Donald Maglienti, Program Coordinator, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Vermont
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Scott Cassel, Executive Director, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). 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, and a former columnist for 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.

Karen Fiedler, Solid Waste Supervisor, Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Karen Fiedler is the Solid Waste Supervisor for Waukesha County and has managed the county recycling program for more than 27 years.

She is responsible for coordinating an effective recycling program for 25 municipalities with a population of over 270,000 under Wisconsin’s comprehensive recycling law. She oversees the contract for a county-owned, privately-operated Materials Recycling Facility that processes over 21,000 tons of recyclables per year. She also manages a countywide household hazardous waste collection program operated under contract with a private company. She coordinates a residential electronics recycling contract with a private company under the E-cycle Wisconsin program in partnership with 8 municipal drop-off sites throughout the county.

She serves on the Executive Committee of the state recycling organization, Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, and as Co-Chair of the Product Stewardship Committee. She is a key developer and promoter of the statewide recycling website to make recycling information easy to find for residents throughout the state.

Monica Kosmak, Zero Waste Planning Program Manager, City of Vancouver, British Columbia

Monica joined the City of Vancouver in 2010 to develop the zero waste chapter of the City's award-winning Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, Vancouver's blueprint for becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. The Greenest City zero waste plan positions Vancouver to be a catalyst for extended producer responsibility (EPR) and aligns with the Canada-wide Action Plan for EPR.

Monica has twelve years' experience in the waste reduction industry, and has earned a reputation for advancing EPR in British Columbia by representing municipal interests. She is passionate about the power of EPR to help achieve zero waste in light of municipal budget constraints, and for its potential to green the economy. Before joining the City, Monica led the EPR policy file as an environmental planner for Metro Vancouver - a regional district of 22 municipalities, including the City of Vancouver. While at Metro Vancouver, Monica commissioned studies to build a case for electronics and other EPR programs, co-chaired the BC Product Stewardship Council, and served on advisory committees for BC’s electronics and tire stewardship programs when the programs were launched. She founded Garbage Critic, an independent consultancy specializing in zero waste planning and EPR, and has published articles in Solid Waste & Recycling magazine.

Monica serves as a director of Computers for Schools British Columbia, a non-profit dedicated to refurbishing computers for reuse in schools throughout the province. She holds a Bachelor of Science with honours from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and is a provisional member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia.

Donald Maglienti, Program Coordinator, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Vermont

Don has a BS in Resource Economics from the University of Vermont and an MS in Environmental and Waste Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He worked for several years with the US EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, assisting in watershed planning efforts to reduce nutrient pollution to the Bay. He spent four years in the private sector working on watershed and natural resources planning for military installations, as well as asbestos inspections in the Washington DC public school system. Since 2003, he has worked with the Addison County Solid Waste Management District on a wide range of issues, including education and outreach, waste reduction, recycling, composting, and hazardous waste.

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