Michael Washburn

Michael Washburn

Principal and Owner, Washburn Consulting

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Sustainability & Product Stewardship Council Meeting

Speaker: Michael Washburn, Principal and Owner, Washburn Consulting: Sustainability & Public Affairs

California, Colorado, Maine, and Oregon have all enacted Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws for packaging that aim to promote increased recycling and a more circular economy. Companies that produce products with obligations under EPR laws will need to have a deep understanding of their packaging data and have a process and system in place for making decisions about their packaging portfolio and reporting to Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs). This session will discuss how companies can prepare for EPR compliance readiness and strategic insights on EPR policy development.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

EPR and HHW | State & Federal Government Relations

Kevin Quinn, Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Michael Washburn, Principal and Owner, Washburn Consulting

State Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws have entered the implementation phase, and Vermont recently enacted a first-in-the nation law that shifts the cost burden of household hazardous waste (HHW) to manufacturers. A pioneer in EPR policy, Michael Washburn and Kevin Quinn will offer counsel to help the association and member companies navigate EPR in 2024.