PSI Packaging Call Series - Call 1

PSI Packaging Call Series

Call #1: Packaging and printed materials in the U.S.: What’s the problem? What are the opportunities? What do the data say?

Tuesday, July 10th

2:00 - 4:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

Audio Recording
Call Summary
Participant List
Background Materials
  • Eco Emballages 2010 Annual Report (stewardship organization for packaging in France). Page 38 sheds light on issue of using weight vs. volume to measure success of recycling. Information provided by McKenna Morrigan, Cascadia Consulting.
Call Agenda

Packaging and printed materials represent about 40 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream. How might product stewardship increase the recycling rate, eliminate gaps in collection and processing infrastructure, eliminate unsustainable costs for local governments, wasted resources, and lost domestic recycling jobs and industries? This data-focused call will examine the different perspectives of stakeholders about how to characterize the state of recycling for packaging and printed materials in the U.S. The call will also explore reasons why the municipal financed recycling system is under-performing. We will start with a brief background presentation on recycling data, followed by short presentations from several leading national experts. Presenters will support their positions with data and information that will be provided to participants in advance, along with PowerPoint presentations. During the last part of the call, we will seek to develop greater understanding of the problem and opportunities pertaining to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging and printed materials.

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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.

Scott Mouw, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Scott Mouw is Chief of Community and Business Assistance in the Division of Pollution Environmental Assistance and Outreach. In this capacity, he oversees the state’s recycling program, which includes efforts to improve material collection, develop material markets, increase public commitment to recycling, help create and implement materials management policy, and promote environmentally preferable purchasing. Scott has served on the board of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) and is a founding member of the Southeast Recycling Development Council. Scott was a participant in the EPA Sustainable Recycling Financing dialogue and is currently a member of the Technical Advisory Group for AMERIPEN and the Association of Post-Consumer Plastics Recyclers’ rigid plastics committee. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois, and an MA and MPA from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Jen Holliday, Chittenden County, VT
Jen Holliday has worked in the environmental field since 1985 and has developed and managed the household hazardous waste program for the Chittenden Solid Waste District, the largest solid waste district in Vermont, since the program started in 1991. She has served on numerous advisory committees concerning solid waste in Vermont. Currently she serves as the Vice-Chair of the State of Vermont’s Advisory Committee on Mercury Pollution. Committee members are appointed by the governor to advise the Legislature and public on matters related to mercury pollution. Jen has been a strong advocate for product stewardship in Vermont including educating local and state government officials on product stewardship and lobbying for EPR legislation. She is a founding member and Chair of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council formed in 2008 to work on EPR initiatives in Vermont. On a national level, she has been an active participant in the PSI Paint Dialogue as well as collaborating with other product stewardship leaders in the United States and Canada on product stewardship initiatives. She has served on the PSI Board of Directors since 2006 and on the Executive Board since 2007.

Susan Collins, National Recycling Coalition
Ms. Collins is the Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute and has worked exclusively on recycling and sustainability issues for 20 years. Ms. Collins leads research projects for the Container Recycling Institute and works with environmental organizations, activists and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling. Ms. Collins co-developed and co-teaches a course in Extended Producer Responsibility through the CRRA training and certification program, and occasionally guest-lectures at universities. While a consultant, she assisted over 80 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. She served on four California (state-wide) recycling advisory groups. Ms. Collins is currently a board member of the National Recycling Coalition, and previously served on the Board of the California Resource Recovery Association for nine years. She is now also a senior advisor to that organization, and received the CRRA service award in 2009. She holds degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Chaz Miller, National Solid Waste Management Association
Chaz Miller is State Programs Director for the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA). He manages NSWMA’s regional staff and their state advocacy efforts along with NSWMA’s federal advocacy efforts. Miller has testified at Congressional and state hearings on solid waste and recycling issues. Miller has been a keynoter and speaker at solid waste and recycling conferences in the United States and Canada. He was a plenary session speaker at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Waste Management Conference in Tokyo, February 2011. He writes "The Circular File”, an award-winning column for Waste Age magazine. He was a member of the District of Columbia Transfer Station Site Selection Panel. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the National Recycling Coalition and was President of the Maryland Recycling Network. His previous work experience includes the Glass Packaging Institute and the US EPA Office of Solid Waste.

Joan Pierce, Ameripen
Joan has spent 40 years in the packaging industry. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University and inducted into the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. She spent 20 years with Eastman Kodak Company where she worked at the Kodak Apparatus Division, Distribution Division, Kodak Park and Ultra Technologies. She has spent a number of years in sales forecasting and supply chain management and is APICS certified. She was awarded three patents for package design and work flow innovations while at Bausch & Lomb. At the Dial Corporation, Joan was the Vice President of Package Development, Process Development and Corporate Quality Assurance. While at the Coca Cola Company, she was the Director of Package Development and Design. During her years at Colgate- Palmolive she was the Vice President of Global Packaging and Vice President of Packaging Sustainability. Currently Joan is the Executive Director of AMERIPEN. Joan was instrumental in the formation of AMERIPEN and helped set the initial strategic direction of the organization, both as a founding member and as the group’s first president. As Executive Director of AMERIPEN she works closely with the Executive Committee to achieve the organizations’ goals, overseeing existing work streams and managing priorities.

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