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Lowering the Dose: Addressing The Problem of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals in New York

Co-Hosted with the New York Product Stewardship Council

Available for FREE thanks to the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation


Wednesday, February 6th

1:00 - 2:30 PM EST / 10:30 - 11:30 PM PST

Audio Recording

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This free webinar, co-sponsored by PSI and NYPSC, will investigate the environmental and health impacts associated with misuse and improper disposal of unwanted medications, as well as solutions for keeping drugs out of the waste stream in New York. Our panel will discuss the recent DEA drug take-back regulations, New York State's proactive approach to reduce pharmaceuticals in water, two examples of successful drug take-back programs, and the current national and state climate for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) of unwanted meds, which would mandate that pharmaceuticals manufacturers design and fund drug take-back programs.

While this webinar will be focused on New York, it is relevant to the policy discussion across the U.S., so anyone is welcome to attend. Ample time will be provided for audience questions and answers.

Who should attend? Water treatment and solid waste professionals, local and state government officials, policymakers, environmental NGOs, media



Marjorie Torelli, New York Product Stewardship Council


Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute

John Waffenschmidt, Covanta Energy

Scott Stoner, New York State DEC

George Thomas, Center for Environment Initiatives

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Marjorie Torelli, Coordinator, New York Product Stewardship Institute
Marjorie Torelli is a consultant specializing in recycling and waste reduction. She has over 20 years of experience in the recycling field. She worked for the Western Finger Lakes SWM Authority, assisting in the management of a county-wide curbside recycling system. She managed all the public information and special events for Wayne and Yates Counties. In addition, Ms. Torelli served several years on the Board of the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3), including 2 as Board President. In addition she served on the Federation of New York Solid Waste Association Board and on the planning committee for the annual conference. She is looking forward to promoting the work of the NYPSC throughout the State.

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.

John Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Environmental Science & Community Affairs, Covanta Energy
John G. Waffenschmidt is currently Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs at Covanta Energy, with responsibility for the development of community outreach policies and practices, reduction in waste stream toxicity, development of environmental justice policies and practices, and liaison with various academic and NGO organizations. He is currently a member of the Product Stewardship Institute Advisory Council, the Pennsylvania Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and the Regional Plan Association, Long Island chapter. He has been named a BOCES Education Partner, a Bronze Telly Award Winner, and has received the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.

Scott Stoner, Chief, Standards and Analytical Support Section, New York State DEC
Scott Stoner is Chief of the Standards and Analytical Support Section in the DEC's Division of Water, which is responsible for the promulgation of statewide water quality standards to protect human health (sources of drinking water), wildlife, and aquatic life. Scott also chairs the Pharmaceuticals Work Group at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). This multi-disciplinary group includes members from several diverse programs within NYSDEC, as well as representatives from the NYS Dept. of Health, Office of the Attorney General, Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Criminal Justice Services, and the Office of Mental Health.

Scott is both a toxicologist and chemist by training, with a B.S. in Chemistry from Bates College and an M.S. in Toxicology from the University of Arizona. He has worked in the NYSDEC's water quality standards program since 1988, and been section chief since 2006. He is active in national and regional water quality standards issues through EPA's Water Quality Standards Managers Association (WQSMA), the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), the Federal-State Toxicology and Risk Analysis Committee (FSTRAC), and several work groups of the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).


George Thomas, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Initiatives, Rochester
George is currently the Executive Director for the Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI), a position he has held since January 2008. Prior to taking this position he had various volunteer and contract roles at CEI beginning in 2003 with hosting the inaugural facility tour of CEI’s monthly Green Drinks event.

George is an environmental professional with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering who has successfully developed and implemented a wide variety of environmental development and engineering programs and projects at Eastman Kodak Company for 33 years. Additionally, he held a variety of leadership positions including: engineering and maintenance manager, purchasing supervisor and leadership team member, along with chairman of several multi-stakeholder teams.

Outside of Kodak George has also provided project leadership for several multi-stakeholder teams, including school board committees, a Boy Scout Troup, a western New York recycling committee, and the Greentopia Steering Committee.



Comments from Local and State Governments

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Fulton County D.S.W.

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Victor House News Co.

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Pinellas County, FL

"Excellent program and I look forward to participating in the future."
John Malter
Mad River Solid Waste Alliance

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