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EPR as a Solution to Illegal Dumping - Webinar Recording

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Illegal tire dumping can have a wide range of impacts, including unsightly pile-ups that pose public health and environmental hazards, increased waste management costs for local governments, and decreased property values. Small scale tire dumping has become an epidemic and is increasingly problematic for many urban, suburban, and rural communities. According to recent estimates, approximately 150 million scrap tires sit in stockpiles across the country.

A much-anticipated sequel to our February 2014 webinar on tire recycling, our September 30th webinar focused exclusively on extended producer responsibility, or EPR, as a potential solution to illegal tire dumping. Hear from a panel of experts on the basic social, health, environmental, and economic impacts of mismanaged tires; the local, domestic, and foreign markets for tire recycling and re-sale; and why EPR could be the answer above and beyond voluntary industry efforts. PSI's Scott Cassel (photo and bio here) moderated the discussion.

This webinar recording is being offered to you for FREE!

Speaker Bios:

Tom Metzner has been an Environmental Analyst with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) since 1993. His primary responsibility is implementation of the Connecticut law covering the recycling of electronic waste. He also works on mercury product laws, household hazardous waste and producer responsibility initiatives. He earned a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. Tom has served on the PSI Board of Directors since 2008 and on the Executive Board since 2009.
Andrew Horsman is the Executive Director of Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) and leads the organization in delivering the diversion and market-development activities of OTS. Andrew has a long history working with Stewardship issues in the North American context. Formerly the Regulatory Compliance Manager at Wal-Mart Canada, Andrew has held positions as Chair of the Retail Council of Canada Environment Committee, Secretary-Treasurer of Ontario Tire Stewardship, Chair of the Ontario Used Oil Management Association, and Retail Representative of the Product Care Association. At Wal-Mart, Andrew was responsible for the Regulatory, Stewardship, and Sustainability files, working closely with a range of industries and fellow retailers to enhance the compliance and sustainability of the organization. Prior to joining OTS as Executive Director Andrew was the Vice-President of Corporate Sustainability with the Delphi Group, an Ottawa-based consulting firm.
Sarah J. Mason is a sustainability and environmental protection specialist working the areas of public policy and program development. Her primary areas of focus are waste reduction, recycling and reuse. Sarah joined the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department in 2009. She provides data analytics on recycling program performance, serves as the local and state legislative liaison for the Solid Waste Department, and coordinates internal recycling efforts. She also oversees operations of the City’s Building Materials Reuse Warehouse, a program she began. Sarah is a Certified Public Manager and graduate of the City of Houston Leadership Institute Program. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), is active on the TXPSC Steering Committee, and served as Vice President of Board of Directors for the Citizens Environmental Coalition (2011-2014).