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Carpet stewardship organization struggles to meet recycling target

The California Carpet Stewardship program's 2019 recycling rate was 19%, below the 24%-by-January-2020 requirement set by law. The program is operated by CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort), a stewardship organization formed by carpet manufacturers to fund and run the program, and overseen by CalRecycle.

Mattress recycling research grants available

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC), the manufacturer-run stewardship organization which operates the Bye Bye Mattress recycling program in Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island, seeks proposals for recycled materials market development (open through 2020) and life cycle analysis of mattress r

Packaging in COVID

In June 2020, more than 100 health experts from around the world wrote in a statement that "reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene," and included a list of best practices for reusable products in retail.

Jobs in product stewardship October 2020

PaintCare is hiring two program coordinators for Washington state. Responsibilities will include developing partnerships with program stakeholders and identifying, recruiting, and training paint drop-off locations.

Jobs in product stewardship May 2020

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is hiring a Managing Director for Policy and Programs.

And the Washington State Dept. of Ecology is currently hiring for multiple positions, including the E-Cycle Washington electronics stewardship program, and the recently created Recycling Development Center:

The Story of Plastic

The Story of Plastic, presented by The Story of Stuff Project, is "drawing back the curtain on the true cost of plastic pollution." The Story of Stuff Project is a member of #breakfreefromplastic, a "global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution." The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) is hosting a virtual screening of the Story of Plastic - register here to


In the wake of reports from the Seattle-King County Responsible Recycling Task Force and the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) extolling the benefits of extended producer responsibility (EPR) systems over our current fragmented, local approach,

Talking Trash and beverage containers

Changing Markets recently published two reports in 2020 on container deposit laws / deposit return systems (DRS), one on California (Genie in a Bottle: Unlocking the full potential of California’s bottle bill) and the other on Austria (Plastic Pollution Lobby: A coalition against the introduction of a deposit return system in Austria).

Carpet industry ends "voluntary product stewardship" program

The U.S. carpet manufacturing industry's voluntary product stewardship program, begun in 2014 to "find market-based solutions to divert carpet from landfills and to quell extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation," will end in June 2020.

HPSA announces new director

The Health Products Stewardship Association, a not-for-profit organization responsible for the effective and safe collection and disposal of unused and expired medications and medical sharps in Canada, announced a change in leadership after more than 15 years.