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Materials #2 Product Stewardship (Lynne Pledger)

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    • MA Product Stewardship Council
    • Lynne Pledger, Coordinator
    • [email_address]
    • Mass Recycle Conference, March 29, 2011
  • Impacts Of Product Waste
    • Climate change
    • Diminishing resources
    • Pollution of air and water
    • Energy shortage
    • Harm to public health
    • Financial burden on local governments
  • E P R A statewide program that leads to budget relief, well-designed products, green jobs, and less waste
  • Why are local governments promoting state laws instead of Federal?
  • A poor EPR law at the Federal level now would overturn our good state laws. FIRST ... We need to build strong grassroots support for EPR in every state.
  • Product Stewardship Councils are forming to promote EPR statewide laws and other stewardship programs. October 2010 © 2010 Product Policy Institute MA RI Oregon Washington Hawaii Northwest California British Columbia Nova Scotia VT Texas New York Minn. CT
  • Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council Working for the interests of municipalities
    • Lower costs for recycling and disposal
    • Product design for the environment
    • More jobs in reuse, repair, and recycling.
    • “ To shift our waste management system from
    • government funded and taxpayer financed, to
    • one that relies on producer responsibility to
    • reduce public costs and to drive improvements
    • in product design. Our goals are reduction in
    • waste and increase in reuse, repair, and
    • recycling.”
  • Council Objectives: Developing and recommending policies and educational tools Providing leadership Coordinating product stewardship initiatives Building relationships with stakeholders Providing a forum for information exchange
    • Council Formed:
    • Spring of 2010
    • Membership:
    • MA cities and towns
    • Steering Committee:
    • Worcester, Springfield,
    • Somerville, Salem, Northampton, Newton,
    • Holyoke, Chicopee, Carlisle, Cambridge
    • Partners:
    • Mass Recycle, MassDEP, Product Stewardship Institute,
    • Product Policy Institute, Devens Eco-Efficiency Center
    MA Municipalities: speaking with one voice
  • EPR laws: MA lags behind other Northeast states. © 2010 Product Policy Institute Courtesy of Product Stewardship Institute
  • Only 1 EPR law in Massachusetts (2006) Mercury Products law
  • MA Council focus for this legislative session: Producer Take-Back for Electronics ("E-Waste”) Representative. Smizik/Senator. Eldridge Requires brand owners to be responsible for discarded computers and TVs— all costs of collecting and recycling .
  • What would the e-waste bill save your town ? NY has an e-waste law; MA does not Oyster Bay, Long Island saves $100,000 --- 33 cents per capita Boston, MA spends $250,000 --- 35 cents per capita YOUR MUNI’S POPULATION X 34 cents = APPROX. SAVINGS P/Y Find your legislators contact info at http://www.mahouse.gov/People/FindMyLegislator
  • MA Product Stewardship Council All MA cities and towns welcome. No Dues. Contact Lynne Pledger, Coordinator [email_address] Does your municipality support EPR? Join us !