Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

Global Best Practices in Medical Sharps EPR

  • Date: Nov. 29, 7:30-9am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: More than 16 billion injections are administered annually worldwide, generating tons of waste medical "sharps" (disposable needles, syringes, and lancets). While sharps are a safe and convenient way to inject medications outside traditional health care settings, people often discard them in household or public trash receptacles or flush them down the toilet. These disposal methods put the public, sanitation and hospitality workers, and waste management personnel in danger of injury and infectious disease. Take-back programs are a convenient, cost-effective approach to safely manage sharps waste. On this webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), speakers from the U.S., Canada, and France will discuss global best practices for sharps take-back programs. They will describe the policies behind their programs; explain how the programs collect and manage sharps; and discuss program costs, public awareness, consumer convenience, program performance, key challenges, and lessons learned.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
WSRA Fall Policy Forum
  • Date: Dec. 5, 9am-12pm Pacific
  • Location: City of Federal Way Council Chambers
  • Description: Join the WSRA at this Fall Forum to hear about policies and legislation including the impacts of the China National Sword policy on our states recycling infrastructure. The 2019 Washington legislature begins in January, so join us to hear from industry experts and legislators about bills that will be introduced and the impact they may have on the recycling and solid waste industry.
  • Registration: brownpapertickets.com
Advanced Paint Stewardship
  • Date: Dec. 10, 8:30-10am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Second in a two-part series from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), this webinar follows up on the recent Paint Stewardship 101 webinar and with a deep dive into the landscape, including best practices, current challenges, creative solutions, and what’s on the horizon for paint stewardship programs. Speakers from PaintCare and the American Coatings Association will address the eco fee funding mechanism, state audits, program funding balances, collection facility contracting, how consumer convenience is maintained over time, and the destination of collected paint.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/events
Return of the Refillables in the United States
  • Date: Dec. 13, 10am Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Refillable beverage containers are commonly used throughout the world, but not so much in the United States. In this webinar from the Container Recycling Institute (CRI), hear from speakers on their company's approach to using and collecting refillable beverage containers from their customers, the history of refillables in the U.S., their advantages, and more: Jules Bailey of the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative; Caren McNamara of Conscious Container (California); Thorsten Geuer of Bayern Brewing (Montana); and Lowell Jooste of LJ Crafted Wines (California).
  • Registration: www.container-recycling.org