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Texas Product Stewardship Council
Texas Product Stewardship Council
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Our mission:

The Texas Product Stewardship Council was formed to shift Texas’ product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.  The Texas Product Stewardship Council works to integrate the principles of product stewardship into the policy and economic structures of Texas.

Our vision is for producers to take primary responsibility to establish, fund, and manage end of life management systems for their products with State government setting the performance goals and ensuring accountability and transparency.

Who is the Texas Product Stewardship Council?

We are an organization of local governments working with State government, waste and recycling companies, water quality  organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, and product consumers to reduce waste and advance good public policy to the materials management industry.

Objectives

The Texas Product Stewardship Council works to integrate the principles of product stewardship into the policy and economic structures of Texas.  The objectives of the TXPSC are to:

  • Provide effective leadership on product stewardship initiatives in the state of Texas.
  • Educate elected officials and other decision makers on the benefites of product stewardship.
  • Develop and recommend product stewardship policies and educational tools to organizations, institutions, governments, the Texas state legislature and legislators.
  • Coordiate or participate in product stewardship initiatives locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding existing and proposed EPR programs.

 Product Stewardship 101

Introduce yourself to our 2017 Texas Product Stewardship Council Steering Committee Members:

Helpful links:

  • Existing Policy Packaging Paper– this research is a result of the planning and work of the Existing Policy in Texas workgroup at the Texas Package Recycling Forum
  •  Pharmaceuticals
  • Electronic Waste Recycling in Texas
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – Texas Recycles Computers
  • Upstream – Upstream is an independent nonprofit research and advocacy organization founded in 2003. Upstream developed an historical analysis of waste management that showed the pivotal role of local government in enabling unsustainable production and consumption, and their key role in transforming product waste management systems to producer responsibility-based systems. Upstream was the catalyst for the formation of the California and Vermont Product Stewardship Councils and is now working with local governments across North America to start councils and work toward Framework EPR policies.
  • Product Stewardship Institute – The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) a national non-profit membership-based organization that works with state and local government agencies to partner with manufacturers, retailers, environmental groups, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products. PSI takes a unique product stewardship approach to solving waste management problems by encouraging product design changes and mediating stakeholder dialogues.
  • Northwest Product Stewardship Council – The Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC) is a coalition of government organizations in Washington and Oregon working together and with other governments, businesses and nonprofit groups to integrate product stewardship (producer responsibility) principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest. The Council is working to shift Washington and Oregon’s product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste disposal and waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs, increase accessibility to services, attain higher environmental benefits and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.
  • California Product Stewardship Council – Dozens of local governments have pledged their support to the California Product Stewardship Council to shift California’s product waste management system from one focused on government funded and ratepayer financed waste diversion to one that relies on producer responsibility in order to reduce public costs and drive improvements in product design that promote environmental sustainability.
  • Vermont Product Stewardship Council
  • British Columbia Product Stewardship Council