The National Association of Counties today adopted the first national policy supporting a “framework” approach to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The groundbreaking national resolution exemplifies growing support and momentum toward sustainable production.
“NACo’s adoption of the Extended Producer Responsibility framework is a great step forward for our environment,” says Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, Ramsey County, Minnesota. “Smart design protects the environment and saves money by preventing costly waste.”
Extended Producer Responsibility is a concept whereby product manufacturers are primarily responsible for the life cycle impacts of their products. The “framework” concept goes beyond product-by-product approach and establishes consistent principles and procedures for product makers in order to achieve producer-lead responsibility for sustainable product design and management.
Reinhardt was the author of the framework resolution for NACo, in addition to three other product-specific producer responsibility resolutions for paint, electronics, and mercury-containing lamps.
“NACo’s resolution signals the beginning of the end of local governments providing “free” disposal services to producers of toxic and throw-away products,” says Bill Sheehan, Executive Director, Product Policy Institute. The Product Policy Institute works with local governments to support state producer responsibility and comprehensive framework policies.
In January 2008, the California Integrated Waste Management Board was the first state agency in the United States to adopt a framework for an Extended Producer Responsibility system. With EPR implementation legislation expected to be considered in California and several other states, and now with the first national association of elected officials supporting the EPR Framework, the effort toward achieving sustainable production gains significant momentum.
“We are delighted that county elected officials from California and across the country are united in supporting the need for product producers to become part of the waste management solution,” says Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council.
Both the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) and the Product Policy Institute are dedicated to reversing the trend of manufacturers producing more disposable and toxic products every year.
The National Association of Counties adopted the resolution in support of an EPR Framework approach at their annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.
Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt, 651-247-9958, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Sheehan, Product Policy Institute, 706-613-0710, email@example.com (www.productpolicy.org)
The National Association of Counties (NACo), headquartered in Washington D.C., is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo is a full-service organization that provides essential services to the nation’s 3,066 counties, offering an extensive line of services including legislative, research, technical, and public affairs assistance, as well as enterprise services to its members. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public’s understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. The association acts as a liaison with other levels of government and works to improve public understanding of counties. NACo’s membership totals more than 2,000 counties, representing over 80 percent of the nation’s population. For more information about NACo, go to www.naco.org
About the Product Policy Institute
The Product Policy Institute (PPI) is a non-partisan research, communication and educational organization promoting policies that advance sustainable production, consumption and waste management in North America. PPI was founded in 2003 and strives for a sustainable consumer economy in which government takes a leadership role in protecting human and environmental health through policies that reward green businesses providing ‘cradle to cradle’ management of their products. PPI connects innovative thinkers and diverse stakeholders to develop a big-picture framework for sustainable production and consumption for a North American audience; provides problem-centered input and solutions to high impact problems in the arena of product production, consumption and disposal; and communicates policy solutions. PPI is a 501c3 charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Service tax code. For more information, go to www.productpolicy.org
About the California Product Stewardship Council
The California Product Stewardship Council is a not-for-profit, non government agency dedicated to shifting California’s product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility. CPSC has 53 participating local governments in California including San Bernardino County, Sacramento County, Mariposa County and Cities of San Francisco, Fresno and Chula Vista and the association of the Regional Council of Rural Counties. CPSC is working for product stewardship to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.
For more information, go to www.caproductstewardship.org