The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) safeguards the welfare of people and the planet by working to minimize the health, safety, and environmental impacts that result when consumer products and packaging enter the waste stream.
PSI is a convener, reaching across boundaries between the public and private sectors. Together with our hundreds of government members and more than 120 partners (businesses, NGOs, and academics), we research, design, implement, evaluate, and promote producer responsibility laws and voluntary programs that solve recycling and waste management issues to create a circular economy.
We envision a society in which consumer product producers take primary responsibility for the environmental, health, economic, and social impacts of their products. When producers design and manage their products with the environment in mind, the products we enjoy will become less toxic and more reusable and recyclable. PSI strives to achieve the following financial, social, and environmental goals with every initiative we undertake:
Reduce waste, maximize reuse, and boost recycling while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of toxic chemicals
Minimize waste management costs, particularly for taxpayers and government agencies
Create safe and desirable recycling and resource management jobs
Founded in 2000, PSI has been the frontrunner of the product stewardship movement in the U.S. for two decades. We approach solving waste management problems by advocating for producer responsibility. PSI has passed more producer responsibility laws than any other group in the country, and is the only organization that covers all phases from research and stakeholder engagement to bill development and lobbying to implementation and evaluation.
We launched in Boston, Massachusetts by hosting the first national forum on product stewardship. We developed the nation's first Principles of Product Stewardship. Our early work paved the way for electronics producer responsibility laws in 25 states. In the mid 2000s, we forged agreements with paint manufacturers and other stakeholders that led to consensus model legislation and now 10 paint stewardship laws. By 2013, we had passed the nation’s first laws for pharmaceuticals and mattresses.
Today, more than 115 producer responsibility laws have been enacted across the United States. These numbers keep on growing as more governments and businesses alike recognize the benefits of producer responsibility programs.
Our work spans more than 20 products, and we continue to add new products like solar panels. No other organization in the U.S. is as active on so many products. This experience gives us a unique ability to understand the similarities, differences, and nuances between sectors, which proves invaluable for creating and implementing materials management solutions.
Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement. He loves craft beer, frisbee, photography, and playing the harmonica.
At the core of everything PSI does is a collaborative approach that brings together the public and private sectors to develop product stewardship initiatives jointly. We represent our government members and collaborate with partners from companies, NGOs, academia, and non-U.S. governments to promote effective legislation and voluntary solutions to recycling and waste management issues that support a circular economy.
Where We Work
From urban California to rural Missouri, PSI works with our members and partners at the local, state, and federal level across the United States. We also work closely with partners in Canada and increasing globally to advance product stewardship in Europe, Central America, India, and other regions of the world.
Board of Directors
Tom Metzner has been an Environmental Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection since 1993.
CT Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection
Scott Klag works as a Senior Planner for Metro, a directly elected regional government serving 1.6 million people in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.
OR Metro Regional Government
Fenton Rood is the Director of Waste Systems Planning for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
OK Department of Environmental Quality
Jennifer Semrau is the Waste Reduction and Diversion Coordinator for the WI Department of Natural Resources.
WI Department of Natural Resources
Jen Holliday is the Chair of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council. She has developed and managed the Chittenden Solid Waste District household hazardous waste program since it began in 1991.
Chittenden County Solid Waste District, VT
Abby is a Senior Legislative Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
OR Department of Environmental Quality
Elena Bertocci is an environmental specialist in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Materials Management.
ME Department of Environmental Conservation
Cathy Jamieson has worked at Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for over 25 years, focusing on wastewater and solid waste issues.
VT Department of Environmental Conservation
As Deputy Director of Policy and Programs at the New York City Department of Sanitation Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability, Kate oversees a wide spectrum of waste diversion initiatives.
New York City Department of Sanitation
Andrew Radin is the chair of the New York State Product Stewardship Council, and serves as the Director of Recycling and Waste Reduction for the Onondaga County, NY Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA).
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, NY
Joe Rotella is the Special Waste Manager for the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, focusing on household hazardous and hard to handle wastes.
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation
Jennifer Heaton-Jones is the Executive Director of HRRA, a regional, governmental, waste management and recycling authority serving eleven municipalities in western Connecticut.
Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, CT
Mallory Anderson is commercial recycling and waste prevention specialist at Hennepin County in Minnesota.
Hennepin County Environment and Energy, MN
Noelle Bowman is the Solid Waste Specialist for Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Washtenaw County, MI
Honorary Board Members
Sego Jackson is City of Seattle's Strategic Advisor for Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship and works in the areas of waste prevention, recycling, organics management, and product stewardship/producer responsibility.
City of Seattle, WA
Walter Willis has been the Executive Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County since 2007. He is responsible for overseeing the Agency's solid waste and resource management programs and implementing the Lake County Solid Waste Management Plan.
Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL
At Staples, Mark Buckley directed the company's global environmental commitment and sustainable business practices.
Former VP of Environmental Affairs, Staples
Kathleen Blanchard, Ph.D., currently serves as president of Intervale, a Canada-based nonprofit that provides programs and services in the fields of conservation, heritage interpretation, rural development, and sustainable tourism.
President, Intervale Associates
Robert Giegengack has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania since 1968. Robert established the undergraduate major in environmental studies at Penn in 1972.
Professor Emeritus of Earth & Environmental Science, University of Pennsylvania
Ben Grossman currently serves as co-president of Grossman Marketing Group. He is also on the Environmental League of Massachusetts Corporate Council.
Grossman Marketing Group
Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, an international leader in the collection and repurposing of hard-to-recycle post-consumer waste, from used chip bags to cigarette butts.
Founder + CEO, TerraCycle, Inc.
Dr. Nabil Nasr founded the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (C3R) at RIT, which has become a leading source of applied research and solutions in remanufacturing technologies.
Associate Provost and Director, Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Since 2008, Mr. Smith has headed Call2Recycle Inc., North America’s first and arguably most successful product stewardship program.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Call2Recycle
Since April 2013 he is appointed as managing director of EXPRA, an alliance of non-profit packaging recovery organisations owned by obliged industry from 21 countries from Europe, Canada and Israel.
For more than two decades, Maryse Vermette has held management positions in public and private curbside recycling organizations, pioneering developments in a field that has a significant effect on Quebecers’ quality of life.
President, Eco Entreprises Quebec (EEQ)
Marjaneh Zarrehparvar joined PaintCare in 2011. PaintCare is a nonprofit created by the American Coating Association to serve as the national stewardship organization to manage postconsumer paint.
Executive Director, PaintCare
Throughout his 18 year career at Energizer he has experience with numerous battery chemistry systems and currently serves as Director of Technology for Regulatory Affairs and Standards.
Marcus K. Boolish
Director of Technology, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc.
Patricia M. Widlitz is a former Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, representing District 98 from 1995 to 2015. She served as the Deputy Majority Leader.
State Representative, Retired, Connecticut General Assembly
Allen has sat as a Director for several stewardship agencies in Canada including Encorp Pacific, the Electronic Products Recycling Association, RecycleBC, and the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association.
President and CEO, Encorp Pacific
John is well known for his leadership in corporate sustainability.He is a passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan. John is also Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc.
Vice President, Legal & External Affairs, and General Counsel, Unilever Canada
Executive Chair, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance
Steve Claus, having more than 20 years of experience in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), is an expert in the guidance of industry and authorities for implementing and optimizing household waste systems worldwide.
EPR-Design and Implementation Consultant
Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with 20 years’ experience in both the private and governmental sectors. The Flexible Packaging Association represents U.S. converters of film, foil, paper and other materials into packages.
President + Chief Executive Officer, Flexible Packaging Association
Selin Hoboy is responsible for managing legislative and regulatory affairs and has been working with Stericycle operations since 2000.
Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Stericycle
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