PSI Networking Calls 14th Series - Plastics Mgmt (PP Page)

14th Series Product Stewardship Institute Networking Webinars

How Best to Bag the Bag - 4 Options for Managing Plastic Bags and Film Plastics

Tuesday, December 11th

1:00 - 2:30 PM ET / 10:00 - 11:30 AM PT

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Overview: Although plastic grocery bags make up just 15% of overall film plastic discards in the U.S., and a small percentage of the overall waste stream, they have become a symbolic lightning rod for environmentalists and the target of a wide array of legislation and management strategies nationwide. This webinar will examine four different options for either eliminating or recycling plastic bags – bans, taxes, EPR, and voluntary programs – from representatives of governments and organizations that support them. These speakers will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to each of their models, the factors that determine whether outcomes can be considered successful, and what additional steps need to be taken to recycle the broader spectrum of film plastics.

Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

Speaker: Walt Willis, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL
Dick Lilly, City of Seattle, WA
Jeff Seltzer, Washington DC Distrcit Department of the Environment, Stormwater Management Division
Brian Houghton, Massachusetts Food Association
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Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, 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.

Walt Willis, Executive Director, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL

Walter Willis has been the Executive Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County since 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the Agency's solid waste and resource management programs, and implementing the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan. Prior to joining SWALCO, Mr. Willis worked in the waste industry as a consultant for approximately 20 years, developing solid waste management plans and assisting with solid waste facility development projects throughout the United States. He began his solid waste career with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency back in 1987 after receiving his Masters in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.

Dick Lilly, Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship Business Area Manager, City of Seattle, WA

Dick Lilly has been Seattle Public Utilities' Business Area Manager for Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship since 2007. During that time he has managed several programs in response to the City's Zero Waste Resolution and SPU's increasing interest in product stewardship at the state and local levels. He has played a leadership role in SPU's regulation of throw-away shopping bags, regulation of single-use food service packaging that requires all products to be either compostable or recyclable and the City's regulation of yellow pages phone book deliveries through an opt-out registry for residents and businesses.

Jeff Seltzer, Associate Director, Washington DC DDOE Stormwater Management Division

Jeff Seltzer is the Associate Director for Stormwater Management at the District Department of the Environment. He is responsible for managing the District's compliance with stormwater regulatory requirements and administers the District's stormwater fund for initiatives that improve water quality. Jeff also manages various other programs that impact water quality, such as the District's Bag Law, which reduces the amount of litter in local waterways and funds restoration and education activities. Prior to joining DDOE, Jeff worked as a Program Manager for the District Department of Transportation where he was responsible for water quality initiatives and capital projects under the District's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. Additionally, Jeff was the Manager of Capital Projects for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, a quasi-governmental organization in the District of Columbia that was charged with redeveloping lands in a planning area that included over 2000 acres along the Anacostia River. While in this role, Jeff assisted in the development of environmental standards that included progressive stormwater retention and treatment requirements.

Brian Houghton, Vice President, Massachusetts Food Association

Brian Houghton is Vice President of the Massachusetts Food Association. He assists in coordination of Association activities. He is also responsible for legislative bill tracking and analysis, grassroots coordination, coordination and analysis of regulatory issues, and communications, correspondence, and event materials. Brian currently handles the Massachusetts supermarket industry's joint agreement with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to reduce use of single-use plastic and paper bags in favor of reusable ones. Before coming to the Massachusetts Food Association, Brian worked as a Legislative Aide to the Massachusetts State Legislature Commerce and Labor Committeee Chairman.



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