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Yale building an EPR database

From the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) November newsletter: Reid Lifset from the Yale University Center for Industrial Ecology is compiling a web-based bibliographic database that will catalogue 25+ years of studies, reports, and articles on EPR. The database currently contains more than 600 references. Lifset is seeking sponsors to fund some of the software development needed to make the database functional and widely-accessible, and to support maintenance.

Recent webinars Dec. 2016

Watch recordings of or browse slidedecks and summaries from recent product stewardship related webinars:

New book on Oregon's Bottle Bill

"The story of Oregon’s landmark environmental legislation of the late 1960s and early '70s has been told many times but a new book offers a fresh perspective from a man who was at the front line of crafting these first-in-the-nation laws." Paul Hanneman, the original author of Oregon's 1971 Bottle Bill, wrote a new book, The Inside Story: Oregon’s Beach and Bottle Bills, his firsthand account of crafting these groundbreaking laws.

Secure Medicine Return update Dec. 2016

Kitsap and Pierce counties joined King and Snohomish counties in passing secure medicine return ordinances.

PaintCare Minnesota "greatly exceeded" recycling expectations

In its first full year of paint collection and recycling, the PaintCare Minnesota stewardship program recycled over 1 million gallons of paint, 26% more than expected, according to an article in the Star Tribune.

EPR program recycles 150,000 mattresses in Connecticut

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) extended producer responsibility (EPR) program in Connecticut completed its first annual report in June 2016. Since the May 2015 start, the program recycled 150,000 mattresses through 101 free drop-off sites.

DEA takes back 366 tons of drugs

The Drug Enforcement Agency's (DEA) Oct. 22, 2016 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collected and properly disposed of 731,269 pounds (almost 366 tons) of medication at almost 5200 collection sites nationwide. Washington state collected 9.6 tons, Oregon 4 tons, Idaho 1.6 tons, and Alaska 1 ton.

Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks

Walgreens installed "more than 500 safe medication disposal kiosks [in 2016] at its pharmacies in 35 states" for unwanted medicines, at no cost, during pharmacy hours, including 10 in Washington and 6 in Oregon.

Battery recycling in Vermont goes up under product stewardship

Since Vermont's battery product stewardship law went into effect in January 2016, requiring battery stewards to pay for the collection and recycling of their products, Chittenden Solid Waste District recycled almost 18,000 lbs. of used batteries, "well above its battery shipments for any recent year.