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Next up for recycling: paint. Stamford Advocate, June 2013.
Starting July 1, Connecticut shoppers will be charged a 75-cent surcharge when they buy a gallon of paint, and in exchange, they will be able to drop off most unwanted household paint for recycling at participating paint retailers... This practice benefits the environment and boosts the economy, said Scott Cassel, founder and chief executive officer, Product Stewardship Institute.
McCarthy tapped as EPA director. Resource Recycling, March 2013.
President Barack Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency... McCarthy helped found the Product Stewardship Institute, an organization that seeks to reduce the environmental impact of consumer products, and served on its board during its early years.
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Ever since PSI shed light on AMERIPEN’s (draft) stance on Extended Producer Responsibility or EPR—the concept of having manufacturers bear the financial responsibility of recycling or safely disposing of their products after consumer use—I have been inundated with emails, phone calls, messages, and other “shout-outs” from people all across North America.
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"Connecticut is again leading the nation in efforts to reduce the environmental as well as the financial burden of used and discarded products," said DEEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty. "We look forward to working with PSI to develop strategies that will guide the future of product stewardship and producer responsibility in Connecticut and the nation. Recovering the materials in discarded products helps protect the environment, creates jobs, and boosts the economy."
New Online Resource Helps Consumers Learn Where and How to Dispose of Their Leftover Medicine Safely. October 2013.
“As a result of complex local, state, and federal regulations, consumers receive mixed messages about the risks of pharmaceutical waste and how to get rid of unwanted medicine,” says Scott Cassel, PSI’s chief executive officer and founder. “What we have created with the Go-to-Guide is a clearinghouse of information about safe pharmaceutical take-back initiatives in each of the 50 states, the dangers of improper medicine storage and disposal, and ways that community leaders can initiate secure drug take-back programs if none exists.”
Passage of Second "Secure Medicine Return" Law Protects Consumer Safety & Ignites National Product Stewardship Movement. June 2013.
“This vote, which comes less than a year after Alameda County’s groundbreaking law passage, reflects an important paradigm shift in this country, and a widening national embrace of the principles of product stewardship, ”said Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer of the Product Stewardship Institute, which has been working on pharmaceutical waste stewardship initiatives with King County and other governments for over five years.
"Improper disposal of mercury-containing thermostats is an industry problem. Yet, rather than taking on the responsibility and being leaders, thermostat manufacturers have put too much of the burden on government--which is neither financially sustainable nor effective," said Scott Cassel, chief executive officer of the Product Stewardship Institute. "Industry may say that they've already stepped up to the plate on the issue, but they haven't yet swung the bat. What they lack are strong performance goals for themselves, and strong financial incentives for contractors and homeowners."
“We’ve gathered the best available data to estimate how much waste is being produced and how it’s being managed in Wisconsin,” says Steve Brachman, waste reduction specialist with University of Wisconsin-Extension. “And, despite the rapid growth of ongoing drug take-back programs, we found that most people are still throwing their drugs away, flushing them, or storing them indefinitely.”
"This is a great opportunity for us to collaborate with students, professors, and other environmental organizations to help preserve and protect the natural beauty of the Golden State's coastline," said Scott Cassel, founder and chief executive officer of PSI.
Today, three leading U.S. organizations in the product stewardship field applauded the historic 5-0 vote by the Alameda County, California, Board of Supervisors to require pharmaceutical companies whose products are sold in the County to pay for collection programs for unwanted medicines.
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New County Policy Requires Drug Makers to Pick Up Disposal Costs. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors, July 2012.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a new policy, the first in the country, requiring drug companies to pay for collecting and disposing of leftover drugs they manufacture. The unanimous vote today positions the County as a national leader for its producer responsibility approach on addressing the problem of what residents should do with their unused and expired medications.
Rhode Island Governor Passes Paint Stewardship Law. RI Department of Environmental Management, June 2012.
Fourth U.S. State to Adopt Law Projected to Save Local Governments Millions.
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Why Is America Throwing Away $11.4 Billion a Year? Forbes, July 2012.
Today the As You Sow foundation, which uses shareholder advocacy to push corporations to prioritize sustainability and public health, released a comprehensive report on EPR, outlining the various reasons the system makes sense for the U.S. market.
U.S. wastes $11.4 billion a year by throwing away recyclables. LA Times, July 2012.
By one analysis, done by Resource Recycling magazine, the U.S. could save $12 billion a year, or 168 million barrels of oil at $75 a barrel, by capturing and using more recycled material.
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