Category: Product stewardship

How packaging EPR could take shape in Oregon

Read the full story in Resource Recycling.

Industry leaders in one West Coast state are pondering a variety of different frameworks to help recycling programs and processors find greater resilience in the wake of National Sword. Producers may ultimately be asked to play a big role in the solution.

Since May 2018, a steering committee of 16 recycling stakeholders convened by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been discussing strategies to “modernize the Oregon recycling system.” As part of that work, DEQ commissioned consultancy RRS to develop a report laying out five possible pathways to progress.

The report, published last week and presented Jan. 31 at a public information session in the state capital of Salem, offers five separate framework “scenarios” to potentially reshape Oregon recycling in the years ahead.

It’s Time to Stop Making Excuses for Amazon’s Disposable Tech

Read the full post at IFIXIT.

Amazon offers a flotilla of “smart” devices to replace your microwave, kids’ nightlights, wall plugs, and, coming soon, rings and eyeglasses. But the company’s barely-noticeable effort to recycle or help people repair these things is dumb, and it’s costing our planet a whole lot. It’s time people stop giving Amazon’s cheap products a pass on responsible stewardship. The retail giant has the resources to do so much better.

Webinar: Preventing Drug Pollution in the Great Lakes: Understand the Threats + Learn About Drug Take-Back Solutions

Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 10:30-noon CST
Register here.

When improperly disposed, unused medication threatens the health of our Great Lakes and the fish, wildlife, and people that depend on them. Sewage treatment plants and septic systems are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals; when we flush drugs, we pollute our waters. Furthermore, drugs stockpiled in household medicine cabinets are often abused or lead to accidental poisonings. The safest method of pharmaceutical disposal is through drug take-back programs using collection drop-boxes at retail pharmacies and local law enforcement offices, as well as mail-back envelopes.

On this free webinar, you will hear from experts about the ecological impacts from improper drug disposal and proven solutions to increase public access to safe drug disposal. Speakers will review best practices for establishing a drug take-back program, as well as policy solutions that can significantly increase public access to safe, convenient drug disposal in your state.

In particular, the webinar will delve into Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies for pharmaceuticals, which require drug companies to fund and manage take-back programs. Learn about the successful campaign carried out by the Product Stewardship Institute and Citizens Campaign for the Environment to enact a robust pharmaceutical EPR law in New York and how it can be replicated throughout the Great Lakes.

Are you packaging sustainably?

Read the full story in Beer & Brewer.

It’s estimated that Australians consume around 1.7 billion litres of beer annually – enough to fill nearly 670 Olympic-sized swimming pools. That’s a lot of beer, but also a lot of packaging.

Sustainability is a priority for many Australian breweries, and craft brewers Stone & Wood Brewing Co and Two Birds Brewing are walking the walk when it comes to sustainable packaging and recycling, allowing them to support local industry, provide jobs and, most importantly, reduce their carbon footprint.

Opting for more sustainable packaging and product stewardship is making the brews more palatable to an increasingly environmentally savvy customer group.

Federal Packaging Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation Under Development

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

For the first time in decades, federal legislators will soon consider legislation that would require manufacturers to manage and finance end-of-life recycling programs for product packaging. The bill would reflect proliferating extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws in U.S. states and municipalities, as well as abroad. An outline of the planned legislation was published by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Adam Lowenthal (D-Calif.) in July, and comments will be accepted until August 21, 2019. The legislation is expected to be introduced in the fall.

Other Voices: Three insights reusable packaging management can help uncover

Read the full story in Modern Materials Handling.

All types of reusable packaging — including bulk containers, dunnage, pallets, metal racks and totes — can benefit from proper management to uncover insights and continuously improve.

Washington State to Conduct Plastic Packaging Management Study

Read the full story from the National Law Review.

Washington State’s Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation that requires the Department of Ecology to submit a report to the legislature with recommendations on the management and disposal of plastic packaging. Due by October 31, 2020, the report must include:

  • Amount and types of plastic packaging in the state;
  • Cost of managing plastic packaging waste;
  • Final disposition of all plastic packaging sold into the state;
  • Costs and savings to all stakeholders of other product stewardship programs;
  • Infrastructure required to manage plastic packaging;
  • Contamination and sorting issues for the plastic packaging recycling stream; and
  • Existing stewardship organizations/databases useful to develop a plastic waste management and disposal program in Washington State.

The report also must also include recommendations on how to meet the goals of reducing plastic packaging waste through industry initiatives or product stewardship, including:

  • Achievement of 100% recyclable, reusable, or compostable packaging in all goods sold in Washington state by 2025;
  • Achievement of at least 20% post-consumer recycled content in packaging by 2025; and
  • Reduction of plastic packaging when possible, optimizing the use to meet the need.

Washington State to Conduct Plastic Packaging Management Study

Read the full story in the National Law Review.

Washington State’s Governor Jay Inslee has signed legislation that requires the Department of Ecology to submit a report to the legislature with recommendations on the management and disposal of plastic packaging.

The Body Shop launches in-store take-back scheme for plastic packaging

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Health and beauty retailer The Body Shop has launched a multinational take-back scheme for its plastic packaging, after consumers voiced concerns that not all of the brand’s packaging is accepted by local authorities under kerbside recycling schemes.

How the EU’s product stewardship regulations affect global supply chains

Read the full story from the American Bar Association.

While the European Union (EU) does not have any legal principle specific to product stewardship, it has applied the full range of EU environmental law principles to create a comprehensive framework for product stewardship. These principles include the prevention and precautionary principles, sustainability, extended producer responsibility, supply chain responsibility, and corporate social responsibility. In addition, product stewardship is a key instrument in the EU’s latest strategic environmental focus areas: the circular economy and the toxic-free environment, two main themes of current EU environmental policy making.

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