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  • Materials #2 Product Stewardship (Lynne Pledger)

    1. 1. <ul><li>MA Product Stewardship Council </li></ul><ul><li>Lynne Pledger, Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Mass Recycle Conference, March 29, 2011 </li></ul>
    2. 2. Impacts Of Product Waste <ul><li>Climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Diminishing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution of air and water </li></ul><ul><li>Energy shortage </li></ul><ul><li>Harm to public health </li></ul><ul><li>Financial burden on local governments </li></ul>
    3. 3. E P R A statewide program that leads to budget relief, well-designed products, green jobs, and less waste
    4. 4. Why are local governments promoting state laws instead of Federal?
    5. 5. 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.
    6. 6. 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
    7. 7. Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council Working for the interests of municipalities <ul><li>Lower costs for recycling and disposal </li></ul><ul><li>Product design for the environment </li></ul><ul><li>More jobs in reuse, repair, and recycling. </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>“ To shift our waste management system from </li></ul><ul><li>government funded and taxpayer financed, to </li></ul><ul><li>one that relies on producer responsibility to </li></ul><ul><li>reduce public costs and to drive improvements </li></ul><ul><li>in product design. Our goals are reduction in </li></ul><ul><li>waste and increase in reuse, repair, and </li></ul><ul><li>recycling.” </li></ul>MAPSC MISSION
    9. 9. 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
    10. 10. <ul><li>Council Formed: </li></ul><ul><li>Spring of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Membership: </li></ul><ul><li>MA cities and towns </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Committee: </li></ul><ul><li>Worcester, Springfield, </li></ul><ul><li>Somerville, Salem, Northampton, Newton, </li></ul><ul><li>Holyoke, Chicopee, Carlisle, Cambridge </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: </li></ul><ul><li>Mass Recycle, MassDEP, Product Stewardship Institute, </li></ul><ul><li>Product Policy Institute, Devens Eco-Efficiency Center </li></ul>MA Municipalities: speaking with one voice
    11. 11. EPR laws: MA lags behind other Northeast states. © 2010 Product Policy Institute Courtesy of Product Stewardship Institute
    12. 12. Only 1 EPR law in Massachusetts (2006) Mercury Products law
    13. 13. MA Council focus for this legislative session: Producer Take-Back for Electronics (&quot;E-Waste”) Representative. Smizik/Senator. Eldridge Requires brand owners to be responsible for discarded computers and TVs— all costs of collecting and recycling .
    14. 14. 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
    15. 15. 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 !