Curated Session: Resource Management & Waste Diversion

Real Life Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility in Various Countries for Various Products (1 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
16:45 – 17:45
Room 310

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute, Massachusetts

The audience will learn from people who are implementing Extended Producer Responsibility programs in various countries, either as system operators or as authorities. They will report about their success stories, their challenges and their failures. So, people can understand what could work under which conditions.


Allen Langdon, Managing Director, Recycle BC, Canada

Allen Langdon

As the managing director for Recycle BC, Allen Langdon oversees the first 100 percent Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in North America, where industry has assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system. Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the vice-president of sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada and the vice-president of environment for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors. Mr. Langdon is also the managing director for the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) Program in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Jim Quinn, Hazardous Waste Program Manager, Metro, Oregon

Jim Quinn

Jim Quinn has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Reed College and a Master’s degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco. Mr. Quinn has worked in the hazardous waste management field since 1984. He began in the private sector, serving as chemist and regulatory compliance officer for a small hazardous waste recycling company in Northern California. Since 1991, he has been with Metro, in Portland Oregon, a metropolitan area-wide agency that oversees solid waste disposal in the region. He manages Metro’s hazardous waste program, which includes two permanent hazardous waste facilities, a series of HHW collection events around the region, a small business hazardous waste collection program, and a state of the art latex paint recycling facility. Mr. Quinn is active in SWANA’s Recycling and Special Waste Technical Division, and is a Board member of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association.

Piet Coopman, Association of Flemish cities and municipalities (VVSG), Belgium

Piet Coopman

Piet Coopman obtained a Master’s degree in public management. He has a special interest in the public sector and the role of (local) governments in society. He is working as a member of the staff for the Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities in Brussels, Belgium. He specializes in local waste policy and the implementation of regional and European waste policy on a local level. He has a special focus on producer responsibility, the implementation of the polluter pays principle, reuse, litter and public cleanliness and communication with the public.

Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, National Stewardship Action Council

Heidi Sanborn

Heidi Sanborn has been a leader in the industry for more than 20 years. Working to reduce waste, improve product design and recyclability, implement cost-effective projects and policies which protect health and the environment. Ms. Sanborn’s collaborative, tenacious problem-solving approach has delivered unprecedented success in developing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) public policy at national, state and local levels. Ms. Sanborn speaks throughout the world to raise awareness about product stewardship. She has been published frequently on the topic and been featured on National Public Radio and in the Wall Street Journal. Ms. Sanborn has become a nationally recognized thought leader and driver for innovative product stewardship programs across the country.

Mathieu Guillemette, Director, Services to Municipalities, Éco Entreprises Québec

Mattieu Guillemette

Mathieu Guillemette joined Éco Entreprises Québec (ÉEQ) in 2006 and worked on determining the net costs of Quebec’s municipal curbside recycling programs. He also directed several studies, particularly curbside recycling best practices, municipal residual materials characterization and activity-based costing of curbside recycling services.

Mr. Guillemette has almost 20 years of experience in residual materials management. Before joining ÉEQ, he worked for RECYC-QUÉBEC and in the municipal sector. He holds a Master’s degree in environment from Université de Sherbrooke and a Master’s degree in public administration from the École nationale d’administration publique.