Product Stewardship Organizations
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 negative 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.
UPSTREAM is a national environmental organization dedicated to creating a healthy, sustainable and equitable society by addressing the root causes of environmental harm. Their mission is to advance sustainability, end plastic pollution and reduce climate disruption through product-focused environmental policies.
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.
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.
In British Columbia, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) (formerly referred to as Industry Product Stewardship) is an environmental policy approach in which the producer’s responsibility for reducing environmental impact and managing the product is extended across the whole life cycle of the product, from selection of materials and design to its end-of-life.