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Connecting HHW Managers With Manufacturer-Funded Take-Back Programs

Household hazardous waste (HHW) represents the single largest expense for solid waste program managers. In New York, for example, the average cost of HHW programs is greater than $500 per ton.* In the first webinar of this series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas, we will introduce HHW program managers, contractors, and local government officials to manufacturer-funded take-back programs that help maximize environmental performance while minimizing costs. We will focus on mercury-containing thermostats, auto switches, and rechargeable batteries. We will also examine manufacturer-funded take-back programs for tires, which—while not technically HHW—are still considerably costly to manage.

Featuring a diverse panel of speakers—including Mark Tibbetts, Executive Director of the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC); Carl Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Call2Recycle; John Gilkeson, Policy Analyst with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; and Rachel Hering, Executive Director of Cooperative Teamwork and Recycling Assistance, TX—this FREE webinar will explore opportunities for manufacturer-funded take-back programs, highlighting ways to increase access to them in rural communities and learning by example from successful case studies. We will examine the challenges and solutions to introducing and implementing these programs, identify tools that can be used to promote retailer involvement in the programs, and discuss how rural governments can get plugged into legislative discussions to get their priorities on the agenda.



  Mark Tibbets
Executive Director
Thermostat Recycling Corporation


Mark has been at the helm of TRC for six years and during his tenure has led a major restructuring of the program.  Previously, Mark was the Manager of Business Development with the American Public Works Association and has extensive experience in both non-profit and government program management. Mark holds his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maine. He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and three children.


Carl Smith
Chief Executive Officer

Carl heads the oldest and arguably most successful product stewardship organization in North America.  Call2Recycle has collected over 100 million pounds of consumer batteries through its 70,000 collection sites since its inception in 1994.


John Gilkeson
Policy Analyst
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

John Gilkeson has worked for the State of Minnesota for 25 years, with a focus on identifying, reducing, and managing products containing mercury, lead, and other toxic substances.  In 1995, Minnesota was the first state to enact legislation requiring removal of mercury vehicle switches.  John was a state representative in the MOU negotiations for the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program and has been a member of the National Steering Committee since the Program kicked off in August 2006.


Rachel Hering
Executive Director
Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance, TX

Rachel received her BA in Geography, with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma.  After graduation she returned to her home state to work for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) in the Small Business and Environmental Assistance Division.  Her experiences there lead her to the Texas Urban Forestry Council where she was their Director of Operations and Administration.  In 2006, she started with the Recycling Alliance of Texas (now STAR) and Cooperative Teamwork & Recycling Assistance (CTRA) as the Operations Manager for both organizations before taking on the role as Executive Director for CTRA in 2008.  


Scott Cassel (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer
Product Stewardship Institute

Scott has over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to founding PSI in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. Scott is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Dispute Resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

*Source: Beyond Waste: A Sustainable Materials Management Plan for New York State. 2010. p68.