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Producer responsibility programs for unwanted medicines spreading

In March, the Governor of Massachusetts "signed into law a bill that made Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require drug companies to safely dispose of unwanted medications as part of a comprehensive drug abuse prevention strategy," according to a news release from the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI).

Upstream explains producer responsibility

In March testimony before a Rhode Island House committee (YouTube video), Jamie Rhodes of Upstream articulated the fairness and choice that extended producer responsibility (EPR) would bring to existing recycling systems:

Paint CEO to Washington Legislature: pass paint recycling bill

CEO of Miller Paint Steve Dearborn urged the Legislature to pass Washington HB 1571, to create a statewide paint recycling program, jobs and low cost quality recycled paint. Dearborn, in an op-ed in The Olympian Feb. 3, 2016, called the current paint disposal method of drying and throwing away latex paint "wasteful and harmful to the environment."

Paint stewardship in California reports successes

At the request of PaintCare, the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) evaluated the performance of the first two years of the PaintCare program in California, and released two reports highlighting "how the industry-run PaintCare stewardship program benefits retailers, residents, contractors, and local governments." Key findings include:

Paint stewardship in Oregon enters sixth year

Oregon was the first state to pilot the industry-run PaintCare program in 2010. PaintCare has since refined the program and partners with local communities to tailor to their needs. Jeremy Jones, West Coast Program Manager of PaintCare, emphasized that:

Washington delegation tours MetroPaint to see recycling in action

Washington legislators toured MetroPaint in Portland, Oregon in October 2015. MetroPaint processes more than 255,000 gallons of unwanted paint each year into an affordable recycled paint, which is sold in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. MetroPaint processes paint collected through the PaintCare Oregon product stewardship program.

PSI 2015 Annual Forum Recognizes Stewardship Leaders

At the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) 2015 annual forum in Boston Dec. 8-9, experts from the United States, Germany, Belgium, and Canada discussed issues regarding zero waste, extended producer responsibility (EPR), product stewardship, and the circular economy. 2015 marked PSI's 15th anniversary and the steady growth in the product stewardship movement in the U.S.

NWPSC joins Twitter

twitter icon 30x30The NWPSC recently began tweeting as @StewardshipNW.

Television (CRT) glass: safe recycling preferred over safe storage

On Nov. 5, 2015, e-Stewards and the Basel Action Network (BAN), who manage and certify the e-Stewards Standard, "the cleanest, most globally responsible standard for e-waste recycling," released their decision about cathode ray tube (CRT) glass recycling:

ReturnMeds, LLC stewardship program in King County to begin April 2016

Two stewardship organizations submitted revised stewardship plan proposals to the King County Secure Medicine Return (SMR) program for review: King County MED-Project, LLC was rejected while ReturnMeds, LLC was approved on October 16. ReturnMeds, LLC's approved plan is designated as the standard plan and the deadline to be fully implemented is April 13, 2016.

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