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[GreenYes] EPR is gaining in California - Report from PPI


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>From: "Bill Sheehan" <bill@no.address>
>Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 09:34:19 -0400
>
>Momentum for bringing extended producer responsibility
>(EPR) to California is increasing. The movement is being led
>by local governments facing an increasing number of landfill
>bans on hazardous products. It has only been 11 months since
>local governments in Northern California came together to
>form the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) with
>the intention of creating a statewide organization. Product
>Policy Institute is assisting the development of CPSC, which
>is modeled on the successful Northwest Product Stewardship
>Council.
>
>A major breakthrough happened last month when the board
>of the Regional Council of Rural Counties voted to adopt a
>strong EPR resolution. That?s significant because RCRC
>represents 30 counties (more than half of California?s
>58 counties) and they include some of the more conservative
>parts of the state. These counties understand that they don?t
>have the resources to effectively manage the flood of hazardous
>products and that requiring them to enforce landfill bans on
>hazardous products is an unfunded mandate. At the same time,
>the board of a waste management authority representing
>22 counties within RCRC (ESJPA) voted to participate in CPSC.
>
>Here?s some other recent developments:
>
> -- The state waste agency (CIWMB) adopted a strategic
> directive with the strongest language yet in the U.S.
> supporting EPR. It directs the agency to ?foster cradle-to-
> cradle producer responsibility?? that results ?in producer-
> financed and producer-managed systems for product
> discards.? (Feb 2007)
>
> -- The first local EPR Implementation Plan was adopted
> by Sonoma County (Feb 2007) -- following a half dozen
> local EPR resolutions and ordinances adopted in the last
> year.
>
> -- CPSC launched its new web site at
> http://caproductstewardship.org (March 2007). Links to
> all of the above items can be found there.
>
>*********************************
>Bill Sheehan, Director
>Product Policy Institute
>PO Box 48433
>Athens, GA 30604 USA
>Tel: 1+706-613-0710
>Email: bill@no.address
>Web: www.ProductPolicy.org
>*********************************

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
www.garyliss.com
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