How Do Packaging EPR Programs Impact Cost of Goods and Product Design?
Monday, November 21, 2016 (12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST)
Packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs are beneficial for many reasons, but two advantages stand out: improving packaging design and reducing the costs of recovering materials due to higher system efficiency. However, there is a lack of understanding among U.S. stakeholders as to exactly how EPR systems influence packaging design, as well as how shifting financial responsibility to producers can impact the cost of consumer goods. In this webinar, PSI’s expert speakers explained how stewardship fees for packaging are structured within a wide array of international EPR programs, and how these fees impact both packaging material choices and average product costs. Alexandra Lange, from Eco-Emballages, the sole packaging stewardship organization in France, discussed the program’s disruptor fee policies, through which fees are levied on materials that are difficult to recover, and incentive discounts are offered for packaging designed with recovery in mind.
Our expert speakers explored these concepts and more during the fourth part of PSI’s packaging webinar series.
Founder and President, Environmental Packaging International
As a recognized expert on global environmental packaging issues, Victor Bell
speaks regularly at industry conferences and routinely contributes
articles to the leading industry trade publications. Victor is a Certified Packaging Professional with over 25 years of experience with environmental issues associated with packaging and products. In 1998, Victor founded Environmental Packaging International (EPI), a consultancy that advises global brand owners, retailers, and all segments of the packaging industry – from material manufacturers to converters – on a wide range of environmental compliance, product stewardship and sustainability issues related to packaging and products.
He is a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) Executive Committee, a co-chair of the effort to integrate the GPPS metrics into the Data Synchronisation Network, was a member of the Consumer Goods Forum GPPS project team, and served on the US delegation for the development of the ISO standards. He received his MMA (Marine Affairs) and BS (Natural Resource) degrees from the University of Rhode Island and an MS (Urban and Environmental Studies) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Executive Chair, Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance and Unilever Canada, Inc.
Named by Clean 50 as one of Canada’s top sustainability leaders, John is well-known for his leadership in corporate sustainability. John is Executive Chair of the Board of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, Inc. and is a director of Evergreen. In addition, John is co-chair of the Partners in Project Green steering committee, a major environmental initiative of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority. He is also director and past Chair of Stewardship Ontario. Earlier this year, John was appointed as a member of the Ontario Government’s Climate Action Group which advises the Minister of the Environment on actions that will help Ontario meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.
John has been with Unilever Canada since 1992 and today works with professionals and multi-disciplinary teams in law, sustainability, corporate and government relations, regulatory affairs, quality assurance and safety. A passionate activator of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, he is a member of Unilever Canada’s board of directors as well as the Canadian Leadership Team, and is also chair of the company’s Pension Committee.
Policy Affairs Officer / Head of European Policy Affairs, Eco-Emballages (France)
After graduating from the University College of London (LL.M in Intellectual Property Law) and from the Paris Bar School, Alexandra Lange worked for four years as a business lawyer before joining Eco-Emballages’ legal team where she was in charge of Packaging, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Pro Europe. Since
March 2014, Alexandra is working for Eco-Emballages’ Policy Affairs
Department. She deals with all the
actors of the packaging value chain, including other Producers
Eco-Emballages is a private non-profit authorised by the State to pilot the French EPR scheme to collect and sort household packaging waste since 1992. Eco-Emballages works in close partnership with all the packaging value-chain stakeholders, always aiming at an economic, social and environmental optimum to favour a viable secondary raw material market. It has invested over 7 billion euros over 20 years, paid to local authorities by participating companies for recycled tons and awareness-raising campaigns.
Scott Cassel (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel, CEO and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), is a nationally renowned leader in the product stewardship movement with over 30 years of experience tackling waste management issues across multiple product categories, including electronics, batteries, lamps, thermostats, pharmaceuticals, mattresses, packaging and paint. He is a founding Board Member and four-time past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA), and a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. In June 2014, Scott utilized his self-developed, widely acclaimed facilitation process at the National Battery Stewardship Dialogue Meeting, an event that led to the first industry-sponsored product stewardship bill for both single use and rechargeable batteries