(Revised May 15, 2000)
Decision Making Process
Some Important Policies
How to Join the Plastic Redesign Project
For More Information
This package was prepared to explain
the Plastic Redesign Project to prospective new members. It describes the project,
member benefits & responsibilities and some important policies involving members.
Organizations can join the project simply by sending a short note committing
support. The last section of this package provides an example note. Additional
information is available from the project's web site: http://www.plasticredesignproject.org.
The Plastic Redesign Project is a
coalition of government agencies and regional associations. Current members
include the Southwest Public Recycling Association, the Mid-America Council
of Recycling Officials, the Mid-Continent Recycling Association, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the Oregon
Department of Environmental Quality, the New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection, the Kentucky Recycling and Marketing Assistance Program, Portland
Metro Regional Environmental Management, the Association of Oregon Recyclers,
the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority and the Florida
Department of Natural Resources.
The Project's primary goal is to
strengthen the economics of local plastics recycling programs. Because of a
proliferation of new packaging designs with uncertain recycling impacts, the
project focuses on promoting voluntary design-for-recycling efforts. We pursue
our goal through three complementary strategies:
- Researching and disseminating
objective information about plastic packaging trends and recycling economics
to government, consumer products companies and other interested parties;
- Promoting voluntary commitments
by consumer product companies to design plastics packaging that meets their
business needs while reducing recycling collection & processing costs and
maximizing recycled material market values; and
- Promoting voluntary commitments
by consumer product companies to incrementally increase the recycled content
of their plastics packaging in a manner that increases demand and price for
recycled plastic while minimizing market disruptions.
The project is most visible to its
members through a closed list serve, used to provide frequent updates on plastics
packaging trends, issues, analyses and initiatives. Other activities include
economic and market research, conference presentations, preparing articles and
reports and aggressively networking with manufacturing representatives and other
stakeholders. Current efforts are focused on evaluating new PET "barrier" beer
bottle technologies and the pros and cons of increased recycled content in plastic
bottles. Past efforts include analyzing pigmented HDPE dairy packaging and developing
design-for-recycling guidelines with input from city and industry representatives.
The Plastic Redesign Project is managed
by Peter Anderson, Principal, RecycleWorlds Consulting. Consultants to the project
have included Tom Tomazak of Plastic Solutions,
and Professor Randy Fortenberry of the University of Wisconsin, Department of
Applied Economics. Project members also play an active role in guiding the project
and reviewing reports and analyses, primarily via the Internet and occasional
conference calls. Project funding currently comes from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and the California Integrated Waste Management Board. Past
funders include the New York State Office of Recycling Market Development, the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Recycling Market
Any state or local government agency
or regional association is invited to join the Plastic Redesign Project. Benefits
of membership include:
- Subscription to the project's
closed list serve, providing regular updates and inside information on new
plastic bottle design innovations, market trends and government initiatives.
- Access to expert consultative
assistance to help address local plastics recycling issues.
- The opportunity to help shape
the project's policies and programs, and to review all project reports and
analyses prior to release.
- Public recognition as a member
and supporter of a project promoting voluntary government-industry cooperation
and problem solving.
To join, we ask that project members:
- Support the project's goal and
strategies as outlined in this package.
- Assign at least one person to:
serve as a point of contact; subscribe to the project's list serve; review
draft documents; and forward information as appropriate to others in your
organization. (Government agencies may choose to assign this responsibility
to a regional association.)
- Agree that we may publicly recognize
your agency as a project member (except when explicitly asked not to).
- Provide a written commitment
to the above from an appropriate representative of your organization, via
email, fax or letter.
While a funding commitment is NOT
required in order to join, the project is dependent on support from its members.
We ask that members assist us in identifying potential funding sources wherever
Previously all project decisions
were made by consensus of all members. However, because members' time is precious
and the number of members is growing, we are instituting a new decision making
process that vests a smaller number of members with decision-making authority.
Following are the key elements of this decision making process:
- An Executive Committee composed
of the Project Manager and approximately 3-5 members is responsible for making
key decisions and assists in developing strategies, reviewing and revising
draft documents. (The membership of the Committee includes state and local
representatives and will be adjusted periodically to allow different groups
and individuals to participate.)
- All project members have the opportunity
to review and comment on draft documents and important decisions prior to
their public release. Every effort will be made to address the concerns and
suggestions of all members.
- To address potential political
sensitivities, any member may request that its name not be explicitly mentioned
in a particular document or at a particular event for any reason.
As with all aspects of the Project,
member suggestions on how to further enhance this decision making structure
are always welcome.
- The Plastic Redesign Project is
committed to promoting VOLUNTARY actions that strengthen the economics of
local recycling programs. The Project is 100% nonpartisan and nonpolitical,
takes no stands on pending legislation or regulatory matters and does not
- Involvement in the Plastic Redesign
Project, of course, is not intended to preclude or inhibit in any way the
actions of its members. While some members have proposed laws and policies
involving industry mandates, the Project takes no position on such proposals.
- As a coalition, a primary concern
is to minimize potentially sensitive political issues that may affect our
members. To this end, public documents and analyses are reviewed by all members
prior to their release and every effort is made to address the concerns and
- A primary strength of the Plastic
Redesign Project is the commitment of its local and state government members.
The membership is described in virtually every written document and may from
time to time be comprehensively listed in public documents (except when directed
- Only government agencies and associations
that commit to join the project in writing will be listed as project members.
As appropriate, agencies may indicate that they will be represented by a regional
association. But to be considered as a member, they must commit to the project
in writing independently from their regional association.
to Join the Plastic Redesign Project
- To Join the Plastic Redesign
Project, you must
a local or state public recycling official;
have permission from the appropriate officials to authorize your state or
local agency to join the Project ;
complete this online application form.
Contact the Plastic Redesign Project
Manager, Peter Anderson at 608-231-1100 (firstname.lastname@example.org).