The Global Product Stewardship Council

Product Stewardship Institute Spring / Summer Webinar Series

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 9:34 am, March 15th, 2012

13th Networking Webinar Series 

May 2012 – June 2012

Register now for the Product Stewardship Institute’s Spring/Summer webinar series! Topics include Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR, Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses, Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging, Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program, and Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs.

  1. Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR
  2. Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship
  3. One Year Later: Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program
  4. Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs — Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
  5. Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging – Changing the Way We View Product Impacts

PSI’s webinar registration fees have changed. For more information on registration and fees, contact PSI.

Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR
Wednesday, May 9 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: Producer responsibility laws not only change the way waste management is financed but also change the roles played by all key stakeholders. This webinar will explore changes in local government agency roles following the implementation of U.S. stewardship laws on electronics and paint, and in British Columbia on a range of products, including packaging and printed materials. With the shifting of financial and management responsibility, producers naturally seek greater control of the system to reduce costs and achieve performance goals. On this webinar, speakers will explore how their roles are evolving or have changed pertaining to contracting for services, education of residents, collection of materials, and other key factors. They will also discuss how the roles changed for manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders. In addition, these officials will provide suggestions to other local governments facing similar transitions, and discuss the challenges they faced in relinquishing control to manufacturers while maintaining their regulatory and oversight role. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Karen Fiedler, Solid Waste Supervisor, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
  • Monica Kosmack, Program Manager – Zero Waste Planning, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Donald Maglienti, Program Coordinator, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Vermont


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Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship
Tuesday, May 22 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: Lifecycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from-cradle-to-grave, and provides a method to measure the ecological footprint of a particular product or service. The typical LCA is time and resource-intensive, and is often performed confidentially by an individual company or association. Several organizations are seeking to make the process more transparent and accessible by consolidating data, creating generic assessments for “prototype” products, and reducing the time and resources required. On this webinar, three national experts will present their unique approaches to LCA and discuss the relative merits and opportunities. The goal of the webinar is to make LCA more accessible to policy makers and those interested in learning more about how to apply these emerging tools. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Jo Anne Shatkin, Chief Executive Officer, CLF Ventures
  • Greg Norris, Founder and Director, Sylvatica
  • Kevin Dooley, Academic Director, The Sustainability Consortium


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One Year Later: Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program
Tuesday, June 5 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: When New York passed the nation’s 22nd state producer responsibility law in 2010, those working on legislative language had the benefit of lessons learned from other states and many viewed the law as among the most progressive in the nation to date. In the spring of 2012, data will be released on the program’s first year of implementation. This webinar will feature prominent players that made this law possible, and will cover a wide range of perspectives from representatives of an electronics manufacturer, state government, local government, electronics recycler, and a national environmental group. These panelists will reflect on the choices made during the passage of the legislation, the outcome of the law after one year, and changes they would recommend for program refinement in the future. 

Moderator: Kate Hagemann, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Mark Moroukian, Environmental Engineer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Resa Dimino, Consultant (formerly Director of Legislative Programs at WeRecycle!)
  • Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Eric Swenson, Superintendent of Environmental Control, Town of Oyster Bay, NY
  • Manufacturer representative, TBA


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Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs—Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
Thursday, June 14 1:00-2:30 PM EST/10:00-11:30 PM PST
Overview: The producer responsibility approach seeks to engage manufacturers in taking greater financial and management responsibility for reducing the environmental and social impacts of their products over the entire lifecycle. Product stewardship programs can take the form of voluntary industry-driven programs, as well as programs that are regulated. Which achieve better outcomes? Which are most cost effective? Which ones are paving the way forward toward the proper balance between government regulation and free market innovation? Which functions are better for government to manage and which should be the domain of producers? This webinar will explore a controversial topic about which there are many strong opinions. We will hear from those who advocate for all sides of the issue, in the U.S. and Canada. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Neil Hastie, President and CEO, Encorp Pacific
  • Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
  • Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • David Lawes, Analyst – Public Safety and Prevention Initiatives, British Columbia Ministry of Environment
  • Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County, Washington


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Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging – Changing the Way We View Product Impacts
Tuesday, June 26 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST

Overview: In 2009, The Coca-Cola Company introduced a breakthrough innovation gloablly that it believes will have a revolutionary impact on the sustainability of commercial plastics. Coca-Cola’s new PlantBottle package contains up to 30 percent plant-based material, which looks, functions, and recycles just like traditional PET plastic, but with a lighter environmental footprint. That plant material replaces approximately one-third of the petroleum-based material that traditionally is used to make PET plastic bottles. In 2011, Coke also announced investments in three technologies it believes can deliver the first commercially viable solution for making the remaining 70% of PET plastic from plants and realizing the company’s vision of a 100% renewable, responsibly sourced and fully recyclable bottle.

This webinar will provide an in-depth focus on all aspects of the PlantBottle packaging supply chain, including material sourcing, manufacture, distribution, and post-consumer recycling. We will explore the lifecycle analysis that evaluated environmental impacts along the entire container supply chain, explore the relationship between this new packaging and Coke’s ongoing commitment to increasing recycling and using post-consumer recycled content in its bottles, and how the PlantBottle relates to the company’s investment in PET recycling plants.

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speaker: Scott Vitters, PlantBottle Packaging Innovation Platform General Manager, The Coca-Cola Company


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Webinar Fees and Registration Information
  • Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay $60 per webinar
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay $95 per webinarNot sure if you are a PSI Member or Partner? Please visit the Membership and Partnership Information page to see if you qualify for a discounted rate. Interested attendees must register for each networking webinar separately. Non PSI Members or Partners will be contacted after registration for payment.

Questions? Contact Erin Linsky Graeber, PSI’s Senior Associate of Outreach and Communications at 617-236-4866 or


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Draft Australian/New Zealand Standard for WEEE Released

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 4:22 pm, March 14th, 2012

The draft Australian/New Zealand Standard DR AS/NZS 5377 for collection, storage, transport and treatment of used electrical and electronic equipment has been released and is available for public comment until 15 May 2012.

The draft standard is available from the Global Product Stewardship Council at:




Reciprocal Discounts on GlobalPSC & PSI Memberships

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 10:52 am, March 11th, 2012

The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute are conducting a one-year trial of 20% reciprocal membership discounts. Current PSI partners receive a 20% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are eligible for a 20% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for or renewed through September 2012. Several members have already taken advantage of this opportunity to increase their knowledge of product stewardship and expand their network of contacts, all while saving money.

Those who are members/partners of both GlobalPSC and PSI have access to a diverse stakeholder group both within the U.S. and around the world that is directly active on product stewardship, and will have more opportunities to network and develop business opportunities within the product stewardship movement. Members/partners are also kept informed of the latest developments in the product stewardship movement in the though news updates, listservs, webinars, monthly calls and special events in addition to a full range of social media sources.

After the first year, both groups will assess whether to continue the discounts. Email or to take advantage of this offer. Considering joining both at the same time? We’ll help make sure the discounts apply to both memberships.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 5:53 pm, February 29th, 2012

The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to have as one of its longest-standing members Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services.


Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services, a division of The Mai-Wel Group, provides a comprehensive electronic waste recycling service of all electronic goods for Government, businesses large and small plus residential ratepayers.  All items are disassembled to commodity components locally in the Hunter Region of New South Wales (Australia), by people with a disability, providing a cost-effective service for business to recycle their unwanted electronic items when they reach their end of life.  Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services is able to provide a Hunter-wide, and in fact anywhere north of Sydney, solution for the National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme.  Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services has three years’ experience in the provision a municipal electronic waste solution and currently provide e-waste management services for eight Hunter Councils.  For more information call +61 2 4933 4588, visit, ‘like’ The-Mai-Wel-Group on Facebook or follow @TheMaiWelGroup on Twitter.

Content provided courtesy of Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services.

Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Programs

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 12:53 pm, February 28th, 2012

The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) has released a consultation paper on the proposed model for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Written submissions on the consultation paper are sought by 27 March 2012.

Public meetings will be held in Sydney on 14 March 2012, Canberra on 16 March and Melbourne on 20 March. Further information on the consultation process is available on the SEWPaC website.

SEWPaC is a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, and the GlobalPSC is pleased to have provided input in the development of the proposed arrangements.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – TES-AMM Australia New Zealand

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 7:30 am, February 22nd, 2012







TES-AMM Australia and New Zealand are part of the TES-Envirocorp group, a specialised electronic waste management organisation with core activities in:

  • Electronic Asset Management and Disposal Programs
  • Secure Data Destruction to US Dept of Defence Standards
  • Value Optimization for Used Electronic Equipment and Parts and Microsoft Approved Refurbisher
  • Recovery of Precious Metals from Electronic Waste
  • Recycling of Batteries (most chemistries)
  • Printer Consumables Recycling
  • Recycling of Epoxy and other Waste Plastic
  • Forward and Reverse Logistics Solutions
  • Project or Program Management

TES-AMM’s recycling operations span nearly 30 locations globally and are certified to international standards JAS-ANZ ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and R2 (Responsible Recycler). In Australia and New Zealand, TES-AMM has also been assessed to comply with DR AS/NZ 5377 interim standards for the collection, transport and recycling of end of life televisions and computers.

Because TES-AMM offers transparency and accountability in what they do, TES-AMM has become the strategic recycling vendor for many well-known Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies and product stewardship organisations in the Asia Pacific and throughout other parts of the world. Coupled with TES-AMM’s “one stop shop” approach underpinned by compliance to local and international regulations and best practice standards, TES-AMM has a proven record of achieving environmentally beneficial outcomes, economies and service levels that meet or exceed the expectations of their clients.

GlobalPSC Member – Joachim Quoden Law Firm

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 6:39 am, February 21st, 2012

The law firm of Joachim Quoden is specialized in producer responsibility legislation with a focus on the European Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Joachim possesses very detailed knowledge of the implementation of the Packaging Directive in the different European Member States as well as in other countries around the world. His advice is frequently solicited in the course of implementing and amending the respective packaging legislation in various countries. He is a member of the German lawyers association and the association of lawyers in Bonn as well as the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, US. Joachim also serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

Video Now Available – EPR in British Columbia for Packaging and Printed Paper

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 3:41 pm, February 17th, 2012

The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute held a special policy breakfast session with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment about British Columbia’s new requirement that all producers of packaging and printed paper collect and recycle the products they make and sell. BC currently has more product stewardship programs than any other North American jurisdiction and this latest regulation is considered a possible model for the U.S.

The BC Ministry’s David Lawes provided an overview of BC’s framework Recycling Regulation and extended producer responsibility in BC. Teresa Conner outlined the implications for packaging and printed paper. Click here for David’s presentation and click here for Teresa’s. Unfortunately, Teresa’s presentation was cut off on the next-to-last slide due to a technical problem. Video of the lengthy Q&A that followed the presentation is also not available. The full presentation for both speakers is available.

The session was held in conjunction with the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum and the 26th Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference in Portland, Oregon on 27 September, 2011. GlobalPSC members have had special access to these materials for several months, and we are now making them available to others that have expressed an interest in the GlobalPSC.

Thanks to the Product Stewardship Institute, David, Teresa and session sponsor Nestlé Waters North America for making the event possible. We’d also like to thank all those that attended. Despite allowing for a reasonable-sized crowd, we had standing room only and had to expand into an adjoining meeting room to accommodate the interest.

GlobalPSC Government Member – Alberta Recycling

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 5:40 pm, January 30th, 2012

We are pleased to have as a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.

The Alberta Recycling Management Authority is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s electronics, tire and paint recycling programs. Known simply as “Alberta Recycling,” the organization reports to the Minister of Environment and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups.

Sustainable Financing of Recycling: Consumer Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 6:47 pm, December 13th, 2011

The US EPA has released the Final Report of the Dialogue on Sustainable Financing of Recycling of Packaging at the Municipal Level. Dialogue participants (including Global Product Stewardship Council Executive Committee members Garth Hickle and Scott Cassel) were tasked with developing multiple strategies for financing municipal recycling systems focusing on consumer packaging. The US EPA will accept comments on the report until 9 February, 2012.

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