Presentation on theme: "A Better Way: Product Stewardship. 2 NWPSC Strategies Steering Committee – all governments Strategies –Speak with a united, well-informed voice (EPR Think."— Presentation transcript:
2 NWPSC Strategies Steering Committee – all governments Strategies –Speak with a united, well-informed voice (EPR Think Tank) –Education, communication and stakeholder engagement –Pilots of key significance –Providing delegates to national dialogues (PSI) and comment on national activities –Policy development and legislation –Coordination/sharing with other Councils (PPI)
Take It Back Network Identified local need to prepare for e-waste tsunami Participated in National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative Wanted convenient widespread collections – far more than what government could provide or finance As easy to recycle as it is to buy Created in partnership with retailers, charities, environmental groups and local governments Successful take back program spurred passage of Washington state electronic waste law in 2006
The Basics: Product manufacturers implement & finance recycling program throughout the state No state tax or fee charged to the consumer at point of purchase or end of life Covered Products - computers, computer monitors, laptop computers and televisions Geographic convenience requirement Program Implementation Date – January 1, 2009 Washington and Oregons EPR E-waste Laws
8 What This Means for Washington State Washington State –Service in all 39 counties –Service in all cities with population greater than 10,000 –Currently 214 collection sites –New businesses started –New processors establishing in state –First 8 months of operation – over 25.8 Million lbs. –If trend continues then heading for 5.8 lbs per capita per year
9 What We THOUGHT This Would Mean for Snohomish County Snohomish County –3 public transfer stations provide collection $370,000 in current costs removed since transportation and recycling is covered by producers Payment of $.09 per lb. collected projected to yield payment of $180,000 in 09. Total value to Sno Co = $550,000 per year
10 What It Actually Meant for Snohomish County in First 6 Months Snohomish County –3 public transfer stations provide collection $336,000 in current costs removed since transportation and recycling is covered by manufacturers Payment of $.09 per lb. collected yielded payment of $170,000 in first 6 months. Total value to Sno Co = $506,000 per 6 months!
11 What This Means for Snohomish County Just in Snohomish County (pop. 680,000) –Currently 17 additional private/charity locations with similar benefits, including Goodwill –Program available to: 275,000 households 18 of our 19 cities and towns 200 schools and school districts 1,150 charities 90 special service districts, like libraries 20,000 small businesses with 50 employees or less
12 Big Surprise: The Economy Snohomish County –Had to rapidly downsize solid waste staffing –Through union negotiations management agreed layoffs would happen across all work groups –25% staff reduction included discontinuing electronics collection at 3 transfer stations –Possible due to 17 other locations providing collection service in county –Perfect example of EPR providing local government flexibility.
13 Dangerous Medicine Return Pilot (Pharmacy Take Back Program) PSI National Pharmaceutical Dialogue Legislation
British Columbias program: a model Ongoing program since 1996 Serves 4 million people No fee to user 856 pharmacies participating –User friendly for pharmacy –Pick-up schedule easy and on-demand Collected 53,000 lbs in 2007 Total cost $300,000 in 2007
24 A Pattern is Developing for EPR Policy Producers Have Primary Responsibility –Independent or Collective Programs Use Stewardship Organization –Responsible for financing and organizing collection through processing (remove costs from governments) –Develop and submit plans and annual reports Shared Responsibility – others have roles No legislated fees – costs are internalized
25 EPR Pattern Yields Framework Approach Government sets level field, performance standards, prioritizes products Government ensures transparency, accountability Producers design plans and finance, as a condition for sale Why not make this approach standardized for multiple products?
26 Joint Framework Principles CA, NW, VT, BC, TX