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New book on product stewardship - the business case for lifecycle thinking

A new book by Dr. Helen Lewis, Product Stewardship in Action: The Business Case for Life-cycle Thinking, "describes how and why leading companies are taking responsibility for the environmental impact of their products and packaging... Unlike other resources on product stewardship and EPR, which tend to focus on the design or evaluation of public policy, this book highlights the business case for action.

TakeBackYourMeds now part of Washington Poison Center

As of October, the Washington Poison Center (WAPC) became the owner and steward of the statewide medication take back location website, which includes a new interactive map of take back locations to properly dispose of unused medicine.

Job: E-Cycle Washington Specialist

The Washington Department of Ecology Waste 2 Resources (W2R) program is looking to fill an E-Cycle Washington Specialist (Environmental Specialist 3) position in Lacey, WA. The position is open until filled.

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.