Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

Coast Waste Management Association (CWMA) annual conference:

  • Date: Oct. 17-19
  • Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Registration: cwma.ca
Producer Responsibility legislation for Meds and Sharps: Case Study in EPR Policymaking from California
  • Date: Oct. 23, 9-10:30am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Passing EPR (extended producer responsibility) legislation in the U.S. has proven very difficult, especially when attempting "high bar" legislation with strong government oversight and enforcement in addition to having well-funded recalcitrant opposition. California Senate Bill (SB) 212 is the first law in the nation requiring producers of medications and sharps to design, operate and fund a safe and convenient collection program for both home generated needles and medications. This webinar will share the history from 2010 with the initial rejected offer to work with industry, to the Alameda EPR ordinance for meds which was challenged by PhRMA all the way to the US Supreme Court. The flood of new ordinances drove the companies to negotiate and finally pass a bill with 39-0 vote off the Senate floor with bi-partisan support. Learn what was behind passing SB 212, what the bill does that is precedent-setting, how the lessons can be applied elsewhere and for other products, and how NSAC (the National Stewardship Action Council) can provide support nationally to pass similar legislation in other cities, counties and states in the US.
  • Registration: gotowebinar.com
Global Best Practices: Packaging EPR’s Role in Advancing the Circular Economy
  • Date: Oct. 31, 8-9:30am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: PSI will bring together global experts to explain how successful packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems work and the benefits they can deliver. The webinar will feature Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance; John Coyne, Vice President for Unilever Canada and Executive Chairman of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance; and a representative of a high-performing European EPR organization.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
Paint Stewardship 101
  • Date: Nov. 14, 11:30am-1pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: First in a two-part series from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), this webinar will review how the paint stewardship model came to be and how it works. Expert speakers from PaintCare and the American Coatings Association will explore the impressive results of nine paint stewardship programs in states that have implemented legislation, including collection convenience, cost savings, paint reuse, recycling, beneficial use, and the political aspects of passing a paint bill and about implementation.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
Global Best Practices in Medical Sharps EPR