Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council (MassPSC) is a formal committee of MassRecycle with the goal of shifting the costs of materials management and recycling from taxpayers to the companies that design and market products through product stewardship and extended producer responsibility.

Upcoming EPR Events

Priority Materials

In the 2023-2024 legislative session, MassPSC is following the bills linked below. This legislation would offer environmental benefits, savings for municipalities, and solutions to our solid waste crisis in Massachusetts.

Paint

Paint Fact Sheet

In the 2023-2024 legislative session, MassPSC is following this bill:

  • H.823S.551, An act relative to paint recycling (Haddad, O’Connor)

  • S.542, An act establishing safe paint stewardship (Moran) – substantially identical to the above bills

  • H.4263, an act to save recycling costs in the Commonwealth (combination of paint and packaging)

Paint Presentation This presentation on the paint stewardship program is available for you to tailor and present. Or, please email us to request a MassPSC representative to present to your local decision makers.

Mattresses

Mattress Fact Sheet

  • H.881, An act to establish a Mattress recycling program (Philips)

  • H.916S.513, An act to assess the future of mattress recycling (Vargas/Domb, Kennedy/Howard)- includes social enterprise fund

Mercury Bulb Phase Out

  • H.777, An act relative to clean lighting (Cutler)

  • S.538, An act relative to clean lighting (Moran)

Electronics

  • H.871S.554, An Act to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products (Owens, Oliveira)

Others

  • H.833, An act establishing the commission on extended producer responsibility (Jones)

Purpose

MassPSC supports and advocates for product stewardship.  Currently, MassPSC’s is focused on advancing extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation.

Manufacturers can engage in EPR in many ways: common forms of EPR include reuse, buyback, and recycling programs.  Currently, over 130 EPR laws are in effect in the US. Read more about EPR on the Product Stewardship Institute’s website.  MassPSC accomplishes its goal of expanding EPR among Massachusetts manufacturers by sponsoring legislation and educating stakeholders.

MassPSC focuses its efforts on several products of concern for municipalities that manage these materials at every increasing expense.  These include paint, mattresses, and electronics.  Through this work, MassPSC collaborates with many partners:

Advocacy Strategy

At the community level, municipalities are feeling the financial impacts of waste management as costs continue to rise significantly.  China’s import restrictions on recycling have caused increased awareness around waste diversion issues and costs.  EPR laws are a proven solution long overdue in Massachusetts.  Neighboring states such as Maine have embraced EPR programs to alleviate cost burdens to municipal governments.  MassPSC is committed to getting EPR bills passed in Massachusetts

MassPSC will focus its limited resources on:

  1. Legislation and Advocacy
    MassPSC will support well-written EPR legislation and policies at the state level.
  2. Education and Collaboration
    • Presentations to elected officials and other decision makers
    • Legislative meetings to inform legislators of MassPSC’s priority materials
    • Podcasts
    • Email blasts
    • MassPSC bi-monthly calls

Take Action

One of the most effective ways that municipalities can voice their support for extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws is to pass a resolution. Both the Massachusetts Municipal Association and state legislators pay attention to resolutions that municipalities pass. If you would like to pass a resolution to support EPR in your municipality, see this Municipal EPR Resolution Template

If your community passed a resolution or need assistance, contact us at admin@massrecycle.org.

Another important step to advocate for EPR laws is for municipalities, nonprofits, or other entities to sign on to the Endorsement of Massachusetts Product Stewardship Legislation form. By signing on, it allows MassPSC to aggregate statewide support for types of legislation and write letters of support for legislation that members or advocates would like Massachusetts legislators to support.

Lastly, when bills reach the State House, we recommend personal testimony (written or verbal) to be submitted to the Committee responsible for waste-related bills. If you’re unsure when that will occur, email us to join the MassPSC. See here for 2023-2024 Template for Municipal Testimony.

Template letter on Paint Product Stewardship for Environmental Organization

Template letter on Paint Product Stewardship for Municipality

Template letter on Paint Product Stewardship for Retailers

Leadership

MassPSC was established in 2010 and led by Lynne Pledger (Clean Water Action) and Claire Galkowski (South Shore Recycling Cooperative).  In 2016, MassPSC was incorporated into MassRecycle’s organizational structure.  The officers of MassPSC are MassRecycle Directors and are appointed to be MassPSC officers.

Officers

Chair, Waneta Trabert, City of Newton
Rob Gogan, Harvard University Recycling emeritus
Robin Ingenthron, Good Point Recycling
Terri Goldberg, Waste Reduction Consultant
Sharon Byrne Kishida, formerly MassDEP (non-voting)
Josie Ahlberg, MA Municipal Association (non-voting)
Claire Galkowski, South Shore Recycling Cooperative (non-voting)
Phil Goddard, Town of Bourne (non-voting)