September 2017        

Join us for the 2017 New York Textiles Summit! October 31, 2017 in New York City
Blue TextileAt the 2017 New York Textiles Summit, PSI, the New York Product Stewardship Council, and the Re-Clothe NY Coalition will host professionals from across the supply chain that are interested in driving innovation and overcoming challenges in textiles recovery.  
Expert speakers will discuss a range of key issues , including:
  • How companies can design clothing - with both natural and synthetic fibers - to be more repairable, reusable, and recyclable;
  • The role that retailers like Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, and H&M can play in taking back clothing and increasing recovery;
  • New, innovative technologies aimed at increasing recycled content in apparel;
  • Existing domestic and international markets for post-consumer textiles, and how we can grow those markets globally; and
  • New initiatives recyclers, researchers, retailers, and others are undertaking to overcome technical challenges in textiles reuse and recycling.
Registration for both in-person and remote attendance is now available on the PSI website. Thank you to NYSAR3 for making the remote option possible, 2ReWear for sponsoring lunch, and SMART for its additional support.
Become a Summit sponsor! Gain exposure for your brand amongst researchers, entrepreneurs, recyclers, state and local governments, organizations, and more.
Questions? Contact Suzy Whalen at (617) 236-8293.

Trends Facing the World of Product Stewardship -- as Told by Scott Cassel
During a recent Waste360 interview, the Product Stewardship Institute's (PSI's) Scott Cassel discussed recent trends in product stewardship, including how it ties into the circular economy and climate change. Read the article to learn more about:
  • why the U.S. is at a competitive disadvantage to other countries that require brand owners to properly manage the packaging they produce;
  • the lessons the electronics industry can borrow from the U.S. paint stewardship program; and
  • how the current political landscape should empower local governments to create stewardship programs.
Spread the Word about Phone Book Opt Out with PSI's Outreach Toolkit
Over 70% of Americans report that they "rarely" or "never" use a phone book. But publishers still deliver millions of unwanted directories across the country. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: residents can simply opt out.
Let them know! PSI's comprehensive Phone Book Opt-Out Toolkit contains a wide range of materials - from utility bill stuffers to sample social media posts - to help you spread the word.
Questions? Contact Suzy Whalen at (617) 236-8293.

Free Webinar: Outreach and Education Strategies to Improve Battery, Thermostat, and Phone Book Stewardship -- October 12th at 2 - 3pm ET
Public outreach is critical to successful product stewardship programs. On PSI's next webinar, industry and government leaders will share successful public outreach tactics and offer free templates for your use. Join us on Thursday, October 12th at 2pm to discuss strategies for tailoring your message to different audiences, using social media, and asking local newspapers to promote your programs . Register here for free. 

PSI Shares Solutions to Opioid Abuse through Drug Take-back at 2017 Inmar Analytics Forum
Last week, Scott Cassel, PSI's founder and chief executive officer, presented drug-take back as an effective method to combat opioid abuse through the supply chain at the 2017 Inmar Analytics Forum. The Forum was held in partnership with Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Inmar develops technology and uses advanced data analytics to improve business operations. Its services include providing reverse distribution systems for drug take-back programs.

PSI Releases Briefing Document on Pesticide Stewardship
Many household and agricultural pesticides can harm our environment and public health if they are not properly managed. These products are expensive for governments to manage safely, which contributes to stockpiling. Many communities also lack the resources and technical knowledge to provide pesticide collection opportunities and to conduct outreach to encourage proper management.
These problems have compelled stakeholders around the U.S. to explore new solutions to safely manage pesticides, including calling on pesticide manufacturers to fund and manage a disposal program.
PSI's new Pesticide Stewardship Briefing Document lays out a framework for the safe management of household and agricultural pesticides, which can help your agency pursue solutions to mitigate the health and environmental problems these products cause.
Please contact PSI's Scott Cassel at (617) 236-4822 with questions.

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New York Product Stewardship Council (NYPSC) and PSI Op Ed in Albany Times Union Opposes Faulty New York State Drug Take-Back Bill
NYPSC and PSI strongly support reducing unwanted prescription drugs in the home, but firmly believe that the impacts of state bill A.387-B (S.6750) will be negligible due to faults outlined in a recent opposition memo and in an Albany Times Union op-ed . In addition to preempting drug take-back programs at the local level, the bill would absolve the pharmaceutical industry from paying for drug take-back programs, and instead place the onus of safe drug disposal on pharmacies and consumers. A.387-B has passed both houses of the legislature and is currently on the Governor's desk for his signature. NYPSC and PSI are leading the charge to urge Governor Cuomo to veto A.387-B and pursue an effective statewide extended producer responsibility approach to safe drug disposal. 

California Carpet Stewardship Program Reform Bill Passes Legislature
California Assembly Bill 1158, which seeks to improve the state's 2010 Carpet Stewardship Law, passed the state legislature on September 15. Governor Edmund Brown must act on the bill by October 15. Meanwhile, at a public meeting on September 19th, CalRecycle discussed the Carpet America Recovery Effort's (CARE's) 2016 Annual Report on the state's carpet stewardship program. Over the last year, CalRecycle has disapproved two 2017-2021 carpet stewardship plans submitted by CARE. CalRecycle also assessed $3 million in penalties to CARE due to its failure to show continuous improvement in carpet recycling as required by the 2010 law. 

Should Marine Debris Fit into California's Packaging Policy?
The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) recently sought feedback on screening criteria to determine which packaging types should be analyzed in the development of mandatory packaging diversion policies. One set of criteria included whether or not a particular type of packaging contributes to marine debris; environmental and industry groups voiced opposing opinions.
Meanwhile, a recent report from the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre cites extended producer responsibility (EPR) as one of seven key reforms to address plastic pollution. CalRecycle is considering EPR as one possible solution among others, but no official decisions have been made.

Chittenden County, Vermont is First in the Nation for Mercury Thermostat Collection
Chittenden County tops the charts for the greatest number of mercury thermostats collected between 2012 and 2016. Jennifer Holliday, Chittenden Solid Waste District's Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager and PSI President, attributes the program's success to high quality community outreach, convenient drop-off options, and outstanding public engagement by staff at collection facilities.

In Support of Laredo, Texas Plastic Bag Ban, Cotton Ginners and Cattle Ranchers File Amicus Brief
Plastic Bags The Supreme Court of Texas is reviewing a Court of Appeals decision that determined a 1993 solid waste statute preempts the City of Laredo's plastic bag ban. Plastic bag litter threatens Texas's largest industries by contaminating cotton fields and harming (sometimes lethally) cows that ingest them. To protect their industries, the Texas Cotton Ginners' Association and a cattle rancher have jointly filed an amicus brief in support of Laredo's plastic bag ban. The outcome of this case will determine whether local governments across Texas retain the authority to regulate plastic bags and protect economic interests on their own turf.

Snohomish County, Washington Opens its First Drug Take-Back Kiosks
Last year, Snohomish County adopted a drug stewardship ordinance which requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to fund and manage the safe take-back of household pharmaceuticals. Now, Snohomish County has opened more than 20 new drug take-back kiosks and continues to finalize agreements with additional pharmacies. The program is operated by the stewardship organization Med-Project .

  • ISWA World Congress and SWANA WASTECON Conference | Featuring PSI's CEO Scott Cassel | September 25 - 27, 2017 | Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD | Register today
  • Conference on Canadian Stewardship| September 27 - 29, 2017 | Le Centre Sheraton Montreal, Quebec | Register today 
  • FREE: Barriers to Recycled Paint Solutions for Connecticut: A Stakeholder Dialogue | Product Stewardship Institute + PaintCare | October 4 from 8:00am - 12:30pm ET | Hartford, CT | Register today 
  • FREE PSI Webinar: Outreach and Education Strategies to Improve Battery, Thermostat, + Phone Book Stewardship | Product Stewardship Institute | October 12 at 2pm ET | Register today 
  • 2017 New York Textiles Summit | New York Product Stewardship Council, the Re-Clothe NY Coalition, and the Product Stewardship Institute | Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, NY | October 31, 2017 | Register today 
  • Students for Zero Waste Conference 2017 | Post Landfill Action Network | November 3-4 | Temple University, Philadelphia | Register today
  • Northeast Recycling Council's Fall Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration | November 13-14 | Amherst, MA | Register today 

  • The Tire Stewardship of Saskatchewan Inc. (TSS) seeks a qualified Executive Director. TSS is a new program operator established by industry to oversee tire recycling activities in Saskatchewan.  View the job announcement.
  • The Environmental Paper Network is seeking a part time Reducing Consumption Coordinator to lead their Paper Use Efficiency Project. View the job announcement.
  • The New Mexico Department of Environment is seeking qualified candidates for an Environmental Scientist & Specialist position. View the job announcement.

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Contact Suzy Whalen, Outreach and Communications Senior Associate, at (617) 236-8293.
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