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Supreme Court lets stand California ruling holding lead paint makers responsible for cleanup cost

LA Times, Oct. 15, 2018: "The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a defeat to business groups in a closely watched California case, rejecting appeals of a ruling that requires former makers of lead paint to pay $400 million or more to clean up old homes."

British Columbia recovers 75% of packaging and paper products

Recycle BC flex packagingAccording to the recent 2017 annual report of British Columbia's producer responsibility organization Recycle BC, they collected more than 174,000 tonnes of packaging and paper product (PPP) in 2017, serving 1.39 million households in 1

Product stewardship in Washington - Nov. 2018

Washington state has 4 product stewardship laws. According to the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), California has the most product stewardship laws (9), followed closely by Vermont (8 laws) and Maine (7 laws). Oregon has two programs (paint and electronics) while British Columbia has 12 stewardship programs with more coming soon.

PaintCare awarded for environmental sustainability leadership

logo of PaintCareIn October 2018, the Northest Recycling Council (NERC) gave PaintCare, the nonprofit stewardship organization of the American Coatings Association, one of its annual

Child car seat recycling

For three months in 2017 in Australia, child car seat manufacturers, automotive associations, local governments, recyclers, and community groups piloted a child car seat recycling program.

Why deposits make sense for retailers

Sept. 11, 2018 Resource Recycling: Following up an earlier article on why deposit return systems for beverage containers make sense (also known as "bottle bill" laws in the U.S.), Clarissa Morawski and Samantha Millette detail why such systems can also be a win for another key stakeholder: retailers.

Moving to a zero-waste circular economy will put cash back into people's pockets

Sept. 18, 2018 Vancouver Sun: "Next time you see a loaded garbage truck headed for the landfill, imagine that it's packed full of your hard-earned cash. In effect, it is. Every year, local governments in Canada spend approximately $3.2 billion managing 34 million tonnes of waste.

Packaging EPR's role in the circular economy

Learn about the world's best producer responsibility programs to manage packaging and printed paper: the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will host an October 31, 2018 webinar "Global Best Practices: Packaging EPR's Role in Advancing the Circular Economy." Speakers from high-performing European and Canadian EPR organizations will explain what EPR is, how successful systems

EPR, packaging, and plastics

Recent headlines related to producer responsibility, packaging, and plastics (March-July 2018):