Our recycling system is in a crisis. Last year, China stopped taking our recycling for processing, setting off a chain reaction of problems for the American recycling system. In New England and across the country, the cost of recycling for towns and cities is skyrocketing, forcing local governments to shift around their budgets, or worse, consider canceling their programs altogether.
Lawmakers in Indiana and Washington are evaluating proposals that would shift end-of-life packaging management responsibilities from municipalities to product producers.
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which promotes extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs nationwide, tied the recent legislative interest directly to current recycling market disruptions.
ICYMI: PSI's Global Best Practices: Packaging EPR's Role in Advancing the Circular Economy - Slides and Recording Available
PSI received many questions from attendees all over the country and globe during the webinar that they were unable to answer during the live session. Their speakers have kindly replied to the unanswered questions below.
The Northwest Product Stewardship Council's May 2018 Newsletter has a wealth of great stories, including a feature from Resource Recycling on Sustainable Materials Management in Oregon, CalRecycle Packaging Reform, and more!
From the NWPSC February Newsletter
Press Release Issued 9/15/2017 by the National Stewardship Action Council. For more information, contact NSAC's Executive Director Heidi Sanborn.
Environmentalists, Local Governments, Waste Haulers, Unions, Carpet Industry Representatives Applaud Legislature, Urge Governor Brown’s Support
From the NWPSC August 2017 Newsletter