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Growing Product Stewardship Sierra Fletcher, Senior Associate Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
What is the Product Stewardship Institute? Non-Profit, based in Boston, founded in 2000 Membership 45 States 150+ Local governments 50+ Corporate, Organizational, Academic  Partners Board of Directors: 7 states, 4 local agencies Multi-stakeholder product stewardship network
Principles of Product Stewardship Cost internalization Shared responsibility manufacturers have greatest role to play Lifecycle costs  Performance goals Flexibility for manufacturers Endorsements  : NLC, ECOS, SWANA, RPA, NWPSC, NERC, NAHMMA, PSC (Australia), CRRA, CRA, etc.    Supports basic building blocks of product stewardship programs    Connects stakeholders around common principles    Provides compass for stakeholder involvement in national dialogues
Navigating by the principles of product stewardship, we provide… Research, pilot projects, evaluation Facilitation & consensus building Legislative analysis, tracking & promotion Capacity building & education
State EPR Laws 2004
State EPR Laws 2010
PROBLEM: Excessive Waste 10% of paint sales becomes leftover (2006 = 75 million gallons in the U.S.) $640 million dollars/yr mgt cost  (avg. cost: $8/liquid gallon) Consensus producer-financed legislation Oregon demonstration state (model) Roll out to 8 other states: VT, CT, CA, FL, IA, NC, WA, MN Roll out nationally Potential Benefit: More than $6 million PER YEAR in direct savings or service benefit for Oregon. Paint  
PROBLEM: Environmental Impacts, Accidental Poisonings, Drug Abuse Consensus on need to change Controlled Substances Act (Congressional legislation) No Flushing Reduce cost of take-back programs Narrowed/framed issues for debate Take-back vs. garbage disposal Consensus on need for source reduction EPR legislation introduced (WA, MD, ME, MN, FL, OR) Pharmaceuticals
PROBLEM: Injury during disposal Reached consensus on need for Demonstration Project in Massachusetts to show that sharps can be collected and disposed of safely.  Developed detailed Work Plan for MA model Demonstration Project to be financed by sharps manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Plan outlined roles for all stakeholders.  Resistance from pharmaceutical companies. 2009 law passed (CA) – requires pharmaceutical companies to report on actions to promote safe needle disposal. Expect additional state legislation. Medical Sharps
Financial benefits  take two forms: Direct cost savings  as manufacturers take on costs local governments are paying now to collect, transport, and recycle used products Expanded service  as consumers enjoy convenient recycling for more products Environmental benefits  include removal of toxics from waste streams, conservation of natural resources, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions Benefits of EPR
How will product stewardship  change local government role? No more local costs to manage target products Call waste management company hired by manufacturers (vs. hiring yourselves) Continue collecting (if you choose) Forge partnerships with local retailers Communicate with residents
What can local governments do to promote product stewardship? Collect data on collection rates and costs Determine  actual  savings Estimate  expanded service benefits Use calculator Provide input to policy makers about how existing systems are working Advocate for local ordinances and state laws Conduct pilot programs to test new systems
What can local governments do to promote product stewardship? Reach out to retailers to build support, participation in existing programs Maximize use of voluntary programs  Raise awareness / educate your management Learn about what’s happening in other states & countries Negotiate with manufacturers
Thank you Sierra Fletcher, PSI Senior Associate 617-236-4886 sierra@productstewardship.us   www.productstewardship.us

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Growing Product Stewardship - Fletcher

  • 1. Growing Product Stewardship Sierra Fletcher, Senior Associate Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
  • 2. What is the Product Stewardship Institute? Non-Profit, based in Boston, founded in 2000 Membership 45 States 150+ Local governments 50+ Corporate, Organizational, Academic Partners Board of Directors: 7 states, 4 local agencies Multi-stakeholder product stewardship network
  • 3. Principles of Product Stewardship Cost internalization Shared responsibility manufacturers have greatest role to play Lifecycle costs Performance goals Flexibility for manufacturers Endorsements : NLC, ECOS, SWANA, RPA, NWPSC, NERC, NAHMMA, PSC (Australia), CRRA, CRA, etc.  Supports basic building blocks of product stewardship programs  Connects stakeholders around common principles  Provides compass for stakeholder involvement in national dialogues
  • 4. Navigating by the principles of product stewardship, we provide… Research, pilot projects, evaluation Facilitation & consensus building Legislative analysis, tracking & promotion Capacity building & education
  • 7. PROBLEM: Excessive Waste 10% of paint sales becomes leftover (2006 = 75 million gallons in the U.S.) $640 million dollars/yr mgt cost (avg. cost: $8/liquid gallon) Consensus producer-financed legislation Oregon demonstration state (model) Roll out to 8 other states: VT, CT, CA, FL, IA, NC, WA, MN Roll out nationally Potential Benefit: More than $6 million PER YEAR in direct savings or service benefit for Oregon. Paint  
  • 8. PROBLEM: Environmental Impacts, Accidental Poisonings, Drug Abuse Consensus on need to change Controlled Substances Act (Congressional legislation) No Flushing Reduce cost of take-back programs Narrowed/framed issues for debate Take-back vs. garbage disposal Consensus on need for source reduction EPR legislation introduced (WA, MD, ME, MN, FL, OR) Pharmaceuticals
  • 9. PROBLEM: Injury during disposal Reached consensus on need for Demonstration Project in Massachusetts to show that sharps can be collected and disposed of safely. Developed detailed Work Plan for MA model Demonstration Project to be financed by sharps manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Plan outlined roles for all stakeholders. Resistance from pharmaceutical companies. 2009 law passed (CA) – requires pharmaceutical companies to report on actions to promote safe needle disposal. Expect additional state legislation. Medical Sharps
  • 10. Financial benefits take two forms: Direct cost savings as manufacturers take on costs local governments are paying now to collect, transport, and recycle used products Expanded service as consumers enjoy convenient recycling for more products Environmental benefits include removal of toxics from waste streams, conservation of natural resources, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions Benefits of EPR
  • 11. How will product stewardship change local government role? No more local costs to manage target products Call waste management company hired by manufacturers (vs. hiring yourselves) Continue collecting (if you choose) Forge partnerships with local retailers Communicate with residents
  • 12. What can local governments do to promote product stewardship? Collect data on collection rates and costs Determine actual savings Estimate expanded service benefits Use calculator Provide input to policy makers about how existing systems are working Advocate for local ordinances and state laws Conduct pilot programs to test new systems
  • 13. What can local governments do to promote product stewardship? Reach out to retailers to build support, participation in existing programs Maximize use of voluntary programs Raise awareness / educate your management Learn about what’s happening in other states & countries Negotiate with manufacturers
  • 14. Thank you Sierra Fletcher, PSI Senior Associate 617-236-4886 sierra@productstewardship.us www.productstewardship.us