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Additional Sponsor – National Stewardship Action Council
Truth in Recycling Labeling
One of the hot topics in recycling in recent years has been concern about the labelling of products and packaging as recyclable when those products are not truly recyclable. That contributes significantly to problems that recycling programs have in getting residents and businesses to recycle right. This webinar will highlight two new California Truth in Labeling laws: SB 343 Truth in Recycling Labeling Law that will no longer allow manufacturers to put the “chasing arrows” recycling symbol on items that aren’t actually recyclable in California. AB 1201 Labeling of Compostability and Biodegradability Law prohibits offering for sale a product that is labeled as “compostable”. “home compostable”, “biodegradable,” “degradable,” or “decomposable,” unless, at the time of sale or offering for sale, the product meets specifications or has specified certifications. This webinar will also highlight the proposed Federal bill HR 4602: Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety Act (WIPPES Act) as another example of legislation focused on Truth in Labeling. The WIPPES Act would require manufacturers of non-flushable wet wipes to display clearly and prominently a “DO NOT FLUSH” label on their packaging. In addition, the webinar will provide a summary of consumer protection lawsuits filed in California for deceptive practices (AKA Greenwashing) regarding claims that products and packaging are recyclable, biodegradable or compostable.

Additional Sponsor – National Stewardship Action Council

Feb 9, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Heidi Sanborn
Founding Director @National Stewardship Action Council
Heidi has been a leader in the solid waste industry for over 30 years, on source reduction & cost-effective projects that support a circular economy. Collaborating with local government leaders, Heidi was one of two founding codirectors of the California Product Stewardship Council, a non-profit formed in '07 to change the way waste management is funded in California. In '15, Heidi became the Founding Director of the Natl. Stewardship Action Council a 501c4 NPO that advocates for a Circular Economy using Product Stewardship & EPR. She has engaged diverse stakeholder groups to promote product stewardship programs for pharmaceuticals, mercury thermostats, carpets, paint, fluorescent lights, batteries, & gas cylinders. Nationally, Heidi was instrumental in the adoption of EPR policies by the National League of Cities and the US Conf. of Mayors. In May '20, Heidi was appointed by the California EPA to the Commission on Recycling Markets & Curbside Recycling & elected Chair by its members
Nick Lapis
Director of Advocacy @Californians Against Waste (CAW)
Nick Lapis been with CAW the organization since 2007. In that time, Nick has led CAW’s team of advocates in campaigns to pass groundbreaking laws that have positioned California as a global leader in reducing and recovering waste. By building strong coalitions, he has helped enact policies to reduce the impacts of climate change, recover organic wastes, reduce plastic pollution, and develop sustainable markets for recyclable materials. Nick also engages in policy development and research, representing CAW on a variety of boards, commissions, task forces, and coalitions.
Lori Lori Mendez, Esq. , MAS-MBC (SIO-2018)
Legal Counsel @Save the Albatros Coalition
A civil litigator for over 31 years in San Diego, Ms. Mendez is legal counsel to the Save the Albatross Coalition. After completing a Master of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation program in 2018 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and leading the transformation of that campus and U.C. San Diego to be single-use plastic-free, Ms. Mendez returned to private practice, and continues to work daily with grassroots organizations to reduce toxic single-use disposable plastic waste by implementing upstream reduction, extended producer responsibility, zero waste, and circular economy policies. Additionally, she and Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) counsel John Moore teamed up to design and educate on effective litigation principles and strategies to hold single-use plastic producers responsible in court. Lawsuits have been filed incorporating those legal principles and strategies.