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Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 1
Project Description The pace of state and national government efforts in Product Stewardship has increased greatly in the last several months. In December 2000, the Boston kickoff meeting of the National Product Stewardship Forum focused on five commodities, one of which was electronics. In February 2001, a National Electronics Stewardship Workshop brought together federal agencies, businesses, academia, and non-government organizations to foster a cohesive strategy among federal agencies (and within EPA itself) on the issue of Electronics Product Stewardship and Electronics Recycling. In April 2001, EPA Region I moderated two sessions at the Electronics Product Recovery and Recycling (EPR2) Conference on collection models and electronic product stewardship initiatives. In January 2001, the Product Stewardship Institute (Univ. of MA Lowell) began coordinating states toward a Product Stewardship position on electronics management and disposition. EPA Region I is assisting Headquarters (HQ) in preparing a fact sheet called "Electronics: A New Opportunity to Reuse and Recycle" which will include regional information. In January 2001, EPA Region I participated in a meeting of the National Ski Areas Association to assist a team from HQ in presenting a variety of EPA environmental tools to participants, including WAVE, WasteWise, Energy Star, Performance Track and EMS.

On May 17 2001, Jean Holbrook, Marge Miranda and Anne Fenn presented an EMS Awareness Training for Federal Facilities workshop, which provided information on the basic concepts and elements of an EMS to the representatives from 48 Federal Facilities who attended.

On May 23, 2001, Jean Holbrook and Jack Healey attended a meeting on EMS for municipalities presented by the UMASS Lowell EMS Service Project. Representatives of four municipalities and one community college interested in implementing an EMS attended to learn more about EMS and the Service Center. On June 13 2001, Jean Holbrook participated in an EMS workshop for municipalities sponsored by MA DEP under a grant from Headquarters in the Performance Track program. This workshop was part of a series of EMS workshops, three for state employees and four for municipalities, undertaken by MA DEP. The workshop featured an introductory level explanation of EMS, a recent enforcement case study highlighting the liability reasons for implementing an EMS, a discussion of the new MA DEP policy on EMS in enforcement, and a tour of the chemical storage facility at Worcester State College. There were approximately 20 attendees. Chris Beling leveraged $20,000 of climate change action plan funds to partially fund a research project "to determine the market demand and economic viability for reused, refurbished or repaired electronics, including quantifying baseline information regarding the reuse market for electronic products." The Maine State Planning office, the RI Resource Recovery Association, EPA R2, and Consolidated Edison of NYC will also be funding a portion of this research.

On May 30, 2001, Jean Holbrook attended a Community Advisory Council meeting at Guilford of Maine, a Performance Track charter member. Guilford is an ISO 14001 registered facility with a major commitment to environmentally preferable and sustainable manufacturing practices. Environmental objectives for this textile mill include major reductions in water and energy usage, development and marketing of an interior office upholstery fabric (i.e., cubicles, partitions, and furniture) made entirely of 100 percent renewable raw materials, vendor programs to increase the use of recyclable packaging, reduced use of toxics and increased information availability regarding toxic content in purchased materials, reductions in solid waste, and an increase in the content of recycled material in products produced by the facility to 80 percent. Guilford provides updates and solicits input from the community periodically through its Community Advisory Council.

EPA-NE is participating in the PrintSTEP, a pilot program that grew out of the CSI Printing project. PrintSTEP (Printers Specialized Total Environmental Partnership) pilot programs are being run in MN, MO, and NH. The program includes self-certification, public involvement, and P2. The program's workbooks tell printers, the state agencies and community groups what each needs to know about the project. All are based on the national pilot, but are adapted to the specific rules of the host state. NH draft books were available for final review in Fall 2001.

Project Contact
Name Cynthia Greene
Phone 617-918-1813
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Industrial Sectors Electronics, Printing, Textiles
Activity Keywords Conference, New publication, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 11 No. 2, Summer 2001


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