[Sqg-program] Product Stewardship Institute Networking Calls: Pharmaceuticals, mercury, nanotechnology

Perrigan, Glen Glen.Perrigan at dep.state.fl.us
Wed Apr 8 16:57:01 EDT 2009

From: Price, John L. 
Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 2009 3:17 PM
To: HHW FL Listserve (flhhw at lists.dep.state.fl.us); Perrigan, Glen
Cc: Clarke, Raoul; Henricks, Ron; 'Lisa Gould'
Subject: Product Stewardship Institute Networking Calls: Pharmaceuticals,
mercury, nanotechnology


HHW and SQG Coordinators:  We routinely participate in these networking
calls. They are a good way to keep up with emerging and ongoing issues with
hard-to-handle products and waste streams at a modest cost ($90-120/call). If
you find that these calls will be useful and you plan on participating in
more than one, a membership in the Product Stewardship Institute gets to be a
better deal than paying call-by-call.  Memberships run from $250/yr if
population <25,000 to $4,000/yr if population > 1.25 million.  And, with
memberships you get access to all networking calls and access to ongoing
dialogues that work on developing product stewardship programs.  I know times
are hard, but think about the benefits of investing in a membership. For
example, if PSI is successful in getting a paint product stewardship program
in place, recycling of HHW paint will be mostly or completely paid for by
paint manufacturers. A paint products stewardship program for the nation
looks pretty close with a rollout planned in either MN or OR this or next
year, followed by other states phased in over a couple of years. See
http://www.productstewardship.us/, select "Paint". Call me if you have any




PSI Spring 2009 Networking Calls


Questions?  Contact Lisa Gould, PSI,  (617) 236-4866 or
lisa at productstewardship.us <mailto:lisa at productstewardship.us> 


Source Reduction and Pharmaceuticals: What are the Opportunities?


The growing attention being paid to the disposal of unused pharmaceuticals
raises inevitable questions about how to reduce the amount that is leftover.
Drugs that go unused represent waste in the system and an unnecessary cost.
What steps can be taken to reduce the size of the problem? Who needs to be
involved, and how? What efforts are underway already, and how are they


Thursday, April 23, 3:00 -  4:30 EST


. Sierra Fletcher, Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.

. Dr. Joel Kreisberg, Teleosis Institute . Catherine Zimmer, University of
Minnesota  Technical Assistance Program


Where does your mercury go?  Impacts of the Federal Mercury Export Ban


On October 14, President Bush signed the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008,
placing an immediate ban on the federal sale and export of mercury and
extending the ban to all mercury exports as of January 2013.  As more
products that contain mercury are collected for recycling, questions arise
about where that mercury goes. In the past, much of the collected mercury was
exported.  This call will provide an overview of the mercury stockpiling
issue and its relation to mercury product collection programs in the United
States, in light of new restrictions. It will also take a broad view of
mercury use worldwide and the growing U.S. movement toward zero mercury use.


Tuesday, May 5, 2:00 - 3:30 EST


. Susan Egan Keane, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council .
Bill Levitan, Director of Office of Compliance, US Department of Energy .
Lynn Vendinello, Branch Chief, National Program Chemicals Division, US EPA
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics . Linda Barr, Chief Chemicals
Management Branch, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery


Nanotechnology: Implications for Product Stewardship


According to the Project for Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars, over 800 consumer products on the market
today contain nanotechnology.  To date, no one knows with any certainty just
what will happen when those products - and the nanomaterials within them -
reach end of life and move through our existing recycle, disposal, or compost
systems. Our understanding of the potential environmental and health impacts
of these widely-varied products is emerging as nanotechnology itself
develops.  Materials perform very differently at the nanoscale - and it
appears that the existing regulatory framework addressing toxic materials at
end of life may not be sufficient to address the unique concerns posed by
nanomaterials' potential adverse impacts on environmental and public health.
Further, the tools of product stewardship may need to be deployed differently
when considering nanomaterials used in a wide array of products rather than a
product-centric approach to stewardship.  This call will provide an overview
of the issue, including concerns for consumers, the end-of-life regulatory
context, and product stewardship implementation possibilities.


Wednesday, May 20, 1:00-2:30 EST


. Anne Peters, Gracestone, Inc.

. David Q. Andrews, PhD, Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group .
Environmental Law Institute invited



John L. (Jack) Price

Environmental Manager

Waste Reduction MS 4555

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

2600 Blair Stone Road

Tallahassee, FL  32399-2400


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