Autumn 2018 
NYPSC Updates
News from the New York Product Stewardship Council
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New York Governor Signs Drug Take-Back Act
On July 10, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Drug Take-Back Act.
In Midst of Recycling Crisis, NYPSC Explores Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Packaging
The current crisis can be an opportunity for change. Learn more.  
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NY State Senate Passes Revised Paint Stewardship Bill. Is the Assembly Ready to Take Action?
At the close of this year's session, the Senate and Assembly achieved compromise language.
Learn more.
NYPSC and Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) Release Hospital Drug Take-Back Pilot Results 
The five hospitals collected over 1,500 lbs of drugs since February.
Learn more.  
New York State News
Extended producer responsibility & product stewardship in NY
NY Dept. of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Announces Fourth Round of E-Waste Recycling Grants
Approximately $900,000 is available to help municipalities with e-waste. Learn more.  
Courts Reinstate NYC Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Ban
The city plans to enforce the ban in 2019. Learn more.
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NYSDEC Releases Report on Pharmaceutical Stewardship 
NYPSC participated in stakeholder meetings that informed development of the report. Learn more. 
Governor Cuomo Directs NYSDEC to Launch New Effort to Improve Recycling in New York
NYSDEC is convening stakeholder meetings to identify new actions and initiatives. Learn more.
National Updates
Product stewardship news across the United States
PSI Releases Sample Plastic Pollution Prevention Policies and Plastic Reduction Guide for Restaurants
The Guide helps restaurant owners make smart packaging decisions. It also presents strong sample legislation to take action on plastics. Learn more.
New Study: Needle Stick Injury Rate is 3.9 per 100 MRF Picking Line Workers
Sharps commonly contaminate the residential waste stream and are a threat to workers. Learn more.
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Report from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Urges Governments to Crack Down on Online Free-riders
Online sellers often evade requirements to collect and recycle their products.  Learn more.
Next Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Drug Take Back Day: October 27, 2018
Since 2010, the DEA has collected almost 10 million pounds of drugs at 15 take-back events. Learn more.

Events, Webinars, Conferences

Free webinar recording: Lessons Learned from Hospital Drug Take-Back Programs | Product Stewardship Institute | Download


Free webinar: Global Best Practices: Packaging EPR's Role in Advancing the Circular Economy | Product Stewardship Institute | October 31 | 11:00am - 12:30pm ET |


Annual Recycling Conference | New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling | November 7-8 | Cooperstown, NY | Register


Free webinar: Paint Stewardship 101 | Product Stewardship Institute | November 14 | 2:30pm-4:00pm ET | Register 


Free webinar: Advanced Paint Stewardship | Product Stewardship Institute | Date and Time TBA | Registration coming soon 


Upcoming webinar: Global Best Practices in Medical Sharps EPR | Product Stewardship Institute | November 29 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm ET | Registration coming soon

What We're Reading

Research Reveals Recycling Is Increasingly Popular | Lodi News-Sentinel | July 18 


In My Opinion: Potential in the policy | E-Scrap News | July 25


Amazon To Pay $1.5M In California Consumer Protection Suit | Napa Valley Patch | August 1


A Twist On Recycling: Retailers Rebuying Their Merchandise For Resale | Forbes | August 7


Law makes it easier to dispose of leftover meds | LI Herald | August 15


In Response: The Conflict of Interest That Is Killing Recycling | PSI Blog | August 21


Survey: One-third of US consumers favor a tax on plastic food packaging | August 23


Should I Flush It? Most Often, the Answer Is No | New York Times | August 2

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