Presentation on theme: "Programs and Policy Overview Product Stewardship Sego Jackson Kara Steward Veronica Fincher Northwest Product Stewardship Council."— Presentation transcript:
Programs and Policy Overview Product Stewardship Sego Jackson Kara Steward Veronica Fincher Northwest Product Stewardship Council
Product Stewardship is an environmental management strategy that means whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product takes responsibility for minimizing the product's environmental impact throughout all stages of the products' life cycle. Greatest responsibility tends to be held by the product producer. Product Stewardship
EPR is a policy in which the producers financial and/or physical responsibility for a product is EXTENDED to the post-consumer stage of a products life cycle (OECD) responsibility and costs are shifted upstream in the production- consumption chain, to the producer provides incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations into the design of their products Extended Producer Responsibility
The Basics: Product manufacturers implement & finance recycling program throughout the state (collection through processing) 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
13 Successful Program Throughout All of Washington State –Funding for collection, transportation and processing of covered electronics. –Service in all 39 counties –Service in all cities with population greater than 10,000 –Service for residents, small businesses and govs, schools, non-profits. –246 collection sites/services (12 public sector) –45 transporters –7 processors –New businesses started –New processors established in state GREEN JOBS!
92% of WA residents have an E-Cycle collection site within 10 miles of home
The mission of the WMMFA is to provide responsible end of life recycling for the citizens of Washington State in compliance with state law and Department of Ecology direction, and in the most cost-effective manner for our members. The WMMFA is committed to being the lowest cost plan provider for mandated electronics recycling in Washington State, to provide fair and equitable expense allocation to our members, and to treat all stakeholders and service providers fairly and reasonably." 220 participating manufacturers Transparency: Open meetings, Monthly and Annual Reports, Auditable accounting of materials collected and where they go. Operating cost per lb. charged producers: about $.24 2010 WMMFA Admin cost = about 3.5% 17
18 Private Sector Jobs and No Bloated Bureaucracy WMMFA Staffing –2.5 FTEs Department of Ecology Staffing –2.5 FTEs Private Sector Jobs (collectors, transporters, processors) estimated late 2009 –140 net new, 360 continuing (OR and WA) Collection Sites – almost entirely private sector, including private reuse charities (WA)
The E-Cycle Washington program has been a complete success for both our business and the local community. Thanks to the E-Cycle program we were able to create much needed jobs locally as well as provide environmental stewardship by saving over a million pounds of dangerous electronic waste from reaching our landfills. We are proud to be part of this groundbreaking program and hope that it becomes a model for the future of recycling and environmental sustainability. Elcid Choi Ace Metal Company and Mukilteo Recycling Center VP - Operations
20 How are We Doing? First year of operation – over 38.5 Million lbs. Second year of operation – over 39.5 Million lbs. 39.5 M lbs. x $.35 per lb. = $13.82 Million 39.5 M lbs. x $.24 per lb. = $9.48 Million 98.5% of materials collected reused or recycled (1.5% wood debris landfilled) Additional units were sold or donated for reuse by qualified collectors before entering system
22 How Are We Doing? Washington Year One = 5.78 lbs. per capita 2010 = 5.92 lbs. per capita California Year One = 1.81 lbs. per capita (4 years to reach WA year one levels) Maine Year One = 3.16 lbs. per capita (4 years to reach WA year one levels) Oregon Year One = 4.96 lbs. per capita
23 What are We Collecting? Collected products = 39.5 million lbs. in 2010 Televisions = 63.3% Monitors = 27.2% Computers = 9.5% But… What are We Missing? 144 million lbs. of covered and other e-waste being land-filled annually in WA! Televisions = 58 M lbs. VCRs, DVDs, DVRs= 3.3 M lbs. Computers and computer peripherals = 13 M lbs. Gaming equipment = 1.4 M lbs. GREEN JOBS and COMMERCE!
First EPR law: German Green Dot program – 1991 EU Packaging Directive – 1994 Now 33 EPR schemes covering 33 European Nations Various programs throughout Canada, notably Ontario. Stewardship Ontario provides funding for 50% blue box curbside service moving to 100% Programs established or proposed in Asia, Australia, South America, United States EPR For Packaging Worldwide
First comprehensive EPR legislative proposals for packaging: Vermont 2010 introduced by beverage industry NRDC working w/ beverage industry and other stakeholders on model legislation for states EPA convened Dialogue: Sustainable Financing of Municipal Recycling: Packaging and Paper Steward Edge consulting in U.S., all EPR consultancies expanding staff and services. Sustainable Packaging Coalition addressing EOL management and responsibilities Numerous webinars sharing info between Europe, Canada, U.S. EPR For Packaging in U.S.
Not eminent! But good to start talking about possibilities that would help us. Could ERP approaches… Assist with covering curbside costs and expand what is collected curbside? Provide funding for MRF improvements and equipment upgrades? Address away-from-home collection options? Remove problem materials from curbside recycling/disposal streams? Plastic bags? Glass? Finance or establish collection options for rural areas/non- curbside areas? Vermont 2010 introduced by beverage industry Rhode Island 2011 introduced by NRDC w/ beverage industry EPA convened Dialogue: Sustainable Financing of Municipal Recycling: Packaging and Paper Steward Edge consulting in U.S., all EPR consultancies expanding staff and services. Sustainable Packaging Coalition addressing EOL management and responsibilities Numerous webinars sharing info between Europe, Canada, U.S. EPR For Packaging in Washington?