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Local Government Perspectives on EPR for Packaging

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (1:00-2:30 pm EST)

Local governments in the U.S. have been collecting post-consumer packaging waste for over 40 years. In most American communities, these recycling programs compete for increasingly scarce local tax revenues with other critical public services, such as police and fire departments, libraries, and schools. Due to this lack of sustainable funding, the recycling rate of packaging materials has leveled off at precisely the time when the commodity industries—paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and steel—have all set ambitious goals for the use of recycled materials, reflecting their growing dependence on the expansion of recovery efforts.

In contrast to the U.S., many Canadian provinces—including British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec—have implemented innovative policy approaches to finance municipal recycling programs outside of the local tax structure through extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws. Such policies have led to increased recycling rates and improved efficiency in local programs, while also helping to meet the needs of the commodity industries and saving money for governments. Could the U.S. undergo a similar shift within the confines of the current infrastructure, without disrupting efficiency? What concerns did local governments in Canada have prior to the transition to EPR, and what can we learn from their experience?

These expert speakers will delve into these questions and more on this interactive webinar, offering an opportunity to work through local government concerns with the current system and an EPR system alike. 



Robert Costanzo

Engineering-Operations Manager 

City of Surrey, British Columbia

Rob Costanzo is the City of Surrey's Engineering-Operations Manager responsible for the maintenance of the City's roads, utilities and fleet, as well as the City’s waste management services, including waste collection, waste planning and policy development, marketing, and public education.  In addition, Rob leads Surrey's sustainability goals related to waste diversion and reduced carbon emissions from its fleet operations.  He is presently overseeing the development of Surrey's Organic Waste Biofuel Facility which will process kitchen and yard waste collected at curbside into a renewable natural gas that will be used to fuel the City’s Compressed Natural Gas waste collection fleet, resulting in a closed-loop, net-zero carbon impact system. 



Claudia Marsales

Senior Manager

City of Markham, Ontario

Claudia Marsales joined the City of Markham in 2002 and is the Senior Manager responsible for diversion programs and collection services. Ms. Marsales has over 30 years experience in the environmental sector, having held significant positions with both the private and municipal sector. Prior to joining the City in 2002, Ms. Marsales was the Manager of Household Hazardous Waste programs for Laidlaw Environmental and worked for City of Toronto, Region of Halton, and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

Nicolas Boisselle

Waste Management Adviser, Residual Materials Management

Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development

Nicolas Boisselle has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Montreal and a master’s degree in Environment from the University of Sherbrook. Since 2011, Nicolas Boisselle has worked as a waste management consultant for the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change of Quebec.
Within the waste management department, he developed his expertise on the recovery and reclamation programs in the province, more precisely on the extend producer responsibility programs through the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises and the deposit-refund systems for beer and soft drink containers.


Valérie Lephat

Waste Management Team

Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development

Valérie Lephat has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics from the University of Laval and a master’s degree in Environment from the University of Sherbrook. She’s been working for the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change of Quebec since 2008 in the waste management department. 
More specifically, she’s working on the compensation regime for municipal services provided to recover and reclaim residual materials and the application and modification of the Regulation. She also works on the extended producer responsibility issue, the modification of the Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises in Quebec, and other subjects relative to curbside recycling materials (banishment of paper and cardboard from land-filling and incineration, programs to implement curbside recycling in municipal public areas).  

Scott Cassel (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer

Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, where he developed and implemented solid and hazardous waste management policies and programs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement and has experience across multiple product categories, including electronics, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging, and paint. As PSI’s CEO, he developed the widely acclaimed facilitation process that the organization uses for stakeholder engagement and consensus-building—a process that resulted in the nation’s first industry-run, government-mandated paint stewardship program.


With a special introduction by: 

Jennifer Iannucci

Executive Director

Housatonic Resources Recovery Autority (HRRA) 

Jennifer Iannucci is the Executive Director of the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority, HRRA, a regional, governmental, waste management and recycling authority serving eleven municipalities in western Connecticut.  Jen is a board member of the Connecticut Recyclers Coalition and an active member and former chair of the Connecticut Product Stewardship Council.