2017 U.S. Product Stewardship Forum: Holding Producers Responsible for Packaging, Pharmaceuticals, and Other Products
Boston, Mass. - At the Product Stewardship Institute's (PSI) July 25-26 conference, environmental experts from around the United States, Belgium, and Canada discussed national and global trends in the circular economy, recycling, product stewardship, and zero waste.
Unilever Canada's Vice President of Legal and External Affairs spoke to why his company has embraced its responsibility for managing packaging and other waste.
The Commissioner from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a California senior state agency official discussed why their states may turn to corporations to fund recycling programs to achieve waste reduction goals.
The Chief of Staff for Massachusetts Senator John Keenan discussed the passage of the state's first-in-the-nation statewide drug take-back law requiring pharmaceutical companies to collect medication for safe disposal -- one key part of a comprehensive solution for addressing the opioid epidemic.
Topics of Discussion
Conference panels focused on other topical issues, including:
Why the U.S. is at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that require brand owners to properly manage the packaging they produce, and how such systems save taxpayer money, increase recycling, create jobs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce waste;
Emerging solutions to lower the cost of safely managing electronics scrap, and how the U.S. paint stewardship program may serve as a helpful model;
How the shifting state and federal political landscape will affect product stewardship and other environmental initiatives; and
The importance of recycling batteries, electronics, and other products containing rare earth metals, and how this propels us toward a circular economy that reduces the costs and impacts of future mining.
Awarded Environmental Stewards in Industry and Government
PSI recognized agency and company leaders who have achieved significant success in moving product stewardship programs and polices forward. This year's awardees include:
Conductor Award: Carl Smith, Call2Recycle
Connector Award: Joachim Quoden, Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)
Lighting the Way Award: Allen Langdon, Recycle BC
Cornerstone Award: Mark Kurschner, ProductCare Association of Canada (PCA)
Charting the Course Award: Garth Hickle, University of Minnesota
Thoughtful Motivator Award: Andrew Radin, Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, NY
Lighting a Fire Award: Walter Willis, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL
Frontiersman Award: Jim Quinn, Metro Regional Government, OR
Cultivating the Next Generation Award: Carole Cifrino, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
Drug Take-Back Maven Award: Jen Jackson, San Francisco Department of the Environment, CA