Events: upcoming conferences and webinars

Drug Take-Back: a tool for rural areas to fight drug abuse and reduce water impacts
  • Date: May 15, 12:30-2pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: Over $1 billion worth of leftover drugs are thrown in the trash, flushed, or relegated to medicine cabinets annually. Drug take-back programs — collection receptacles and mail-back envelopes — provide residents with a convenient way to safely dispose of leftover medications. It's time that all communities had access to drug take-back programs, including in rural areas where access tends to be limited. In this webinar from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), speakers will discuss why and how they have implemented effective disposal programs at their local pharmacy, hospital, or law enforcement agency.
  • Registration: www.productstewardship.us/event/
EPR in US: campaigns solving your toughest waste problems
  • Date: May 17, 10:45am-12pm Pacific
  • Location: webinar
  • Description: This webinar from SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) will cover the basics of EPR, the latest legislation to pass, what is working, and what can be done to improve program outcomes for products such as medications, needles, mercury thermostats, paint, mattresses and carpet. The webinar will cover voluntary stewardship efforts that are working and expanding, such as the Refuel Your Fun Campaign for refillable 1-lb propane cylinders, with feature speakers Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the National Stewardship Action Council, and Doug Kobold, Program Manager at the Sacramento County (CA) Department of Waste Management and Recycling.
  • Registration: swana.org/Events/
Sustainable Oregon 2017
Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) Annual Zero Waste Conference
  • Date: June 21-23, 2017
  • Location: Westin Resort, Whistler, BC
  • Registration: rcbcconference.ca
U.S. product stewardship forum
  • Date: July 25-26, 2017
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Description: The 2017 annual forum from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will highlight current product stewardship trends in the U.S., focusing on packaging, pharmaceuticals, paint, electronics, HHW, mattresses, and other priority products. In Product Stewardship Institute style, each session will be highly participatory, designed for multi-stakeholder discussion of cutting-edge topics. Worldwide leaders will assess the successes and challenges of extended producer responsibility programs and provide the context needed to help us advance the product stewardship movement in the U.S.
  • Registration: www.bit.ly/2017-Forum
California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) annual conference
  • Date: Aug. 20-23, 2017
  • Location: Paradise Point, San Diego, CA
  • Register: crra.com/conference