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Job: Materials Management specialists at Oregon DEQ

The Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring 3 specialists in its Materials Management Section in Portland, OR, serving as senior technical experts in support of Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

BC gets an 'A' in EPR

The Province of British Columbia recently received the highest rating (A) from EPR Canada's 2015 Report Card, according to Solid Waste & Recycling, for following the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Canada-wide Action Plan on EPR implementation schedule "

Mattress recycling picking up

The Mattress Recycling Council’s (MRC) Connecticut stewardship program, Bye Bye Mattress, recycled 20,000 mattresses in their first three months of operation, May–July 2015.

80% recovery rate in first year of EPR for PPP

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC), the stewardship organization for the packaging and printed paper (PPP) extended producer responsibility (EPR) program in British Columbia, Canada, released their 2014 annual report, in which they exceeded "the regulated target of 75%." — PAC NEXT fall newsletter

Orphan batteries and EPR

Rechargeable battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle explained the rationale for EPR programs: "all companies that put batteries into the marketplace should pay for the recycling. But approximately 30% of batteries we collect are from ‘free riders’ – battery brands that are recycled through our program but are not financially contributing to Call2Recycle...

Discussing producer responsibility

The Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) hosted an August 12, 2015 webinar (the state of the art of extended producer responsibility) on extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs and how they are and should be organized and implemented, resulting in what Resource Recycling called a "fierce discussion." ILSR made the entire webinar recording and slides available on 

Paint Stewardship RFPs

PaintCare and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) seek proposals for two paint projects: a source reduction study and an Oregon consumer awareness survey. Deadline for each proposal is Sept. 18, 2015.

Job: Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon DEQ

The Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is hiring a Senior Policy Analyst in its Materials Management Section in Portland, OR, supporting the implementation of Materials Management in Oregon: 2050 Vision and Framework for Action.

6000 Mattresses Recycled in 1st Month of Connecticut's Stewardship Program

Connecticut's mattress producer responsibility program (rebranded as "Bye Bye Mattress" but operated by the Mattress Recycling Council or MRC) began May 1, 2015. According to the MRC July 2 program update newsletter, more than 6000 mattresses were collected and recycled statewide in May, from over 60 cities, towns, and other large quantity generators in Connecticut.

Supreme Court Denies Challenge to Alameda County Drug Disposal Ordinance

In 2012, Alameda County, California (PDF) became the first county in the nation to require pharmaceutical companies to pay for the safe disposal of prescription medication. Trade associations representing drug manufacturers sued and lost in federal district court and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.