Two More Councils Support ‘Framework’ Approach to Product Stewardship for Product and Packaging Waste

ATHENS, Ga., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ — Local government Product Stewardship
Councils in Vermont and British Columbia have joined their counterparts in
California, Oregon and Washington to support “Joint Framework Principles for
Product Stewardship Policy.”

The purpose of the Joint Framework Principles is to guide local, state and
federal policymakers in developing comprehensive product stewardship
legislation. Product stewardship is based on the simple idea that producers
should take primary responsibility for the environmental impacts of products
they design, manufacture and market.

Products targeted by product stewardship programs are usually those that
are toxic, difficult and costly to recycle, have a large carbon footprint or
are otherwise harmful to the environment or people.

“As members of municipal solid waste districts and alliances, we are all
concerned about the ever-increasing volume, disposal costs and toxicity of
products found in our waste stream,” said Jen Holliday, Chairperson of the
Vermont Product Stewardship Council.

Many states have introduced or passed laws that direct manufacturers of a
specific product, for example electronics, to establish collection and
recycling programs for those products. A framework approach sets up one piece
of legislation where multiple products can be added over time.

“As states and local governments gain experience with stewardship laws for
individual products, they are starting to see the advantages of a framework
approach to improving the sustainability of a range of products,” said Scott
Klag, co-chair of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC).

The Joint Framework Principles were developed independently by the
California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) and the NWPSC. The Product
Policy Institute (PPI), which advocates sustainable production and consumption
policies and good governance, coordinated harmonizing the two sets of
principles into one document to guide councils as they promote comprehensive
product policy legislation.

“In a state with a $15 billion budget deficit, having our legislators
spend time debating management strategies for every single product is just a
poor use of resources,” said Rob D’Arcy, CPSC Board Chair.

“When producers are held responsible for channeling their discarded
products safely back into useful service, they have an incentive to design
products for reuse, disassembly, repair and recycling,” said Nicole Kohnert,
Co-chair of the British Columbia Product Stewardship Council.

British Columbia’s Council formed in 2001. The province has a framework
product stewardship regulation that’s been operating since 2004. Vermont’s
Council formed in October 2008. It is the newest council and the first U.S.
Council on the East Coast.

View the Joint Framework principles at Product Policy Institute’s website:

For information on the local government Product Stewardship Councils that
have adopted the Principles, see:

— Northwest:; David Stitzhal,
Coordinator, 206-723-0528

— California:; Heidi Sanborn, Executive
Director,, 1-916-485-7753

— British Columbia:; Nicole
Kohnert, Co-chair, 250-550-3741

— Vermont:; Jen Holliday, Chair,, 1-802-872-8100

     Bill Sheehan, Exec. Director
     Product Policy Institute
     706-613-0710  *


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