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First Report under Maine’s Product Stewardship Law


This was sent around by Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes.
Maine Department of Environmental Protection Posts First Report under Maine’s Product Stewardship Law
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed its first report under the Maine Product Stewardship Law. This report, titled Implementing Product Stewardship in Maine, is available online at www.maine.gov/dep
Interested parties may submit comments on the report to the DEP until January 7, 2011. The DEP will provide the report and all comments received to the legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources by January 15, 2011.
Please direct comments and any questions to Carole Cifrino at 207-287-7720, carole.a.cifrino@maine.gov, or 17 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333.
This report was developed in accordance with the provisions of Title 38 §1772, Identification of candidate products; report, which reads (in part):
1. Policy; report. It is the policy of the State, consistent with its duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, to promote product stewardship to support the State’s solid waste management hierarchy under chapter 24. In furtherance of this policy, the department may collect information available in the public domain regarding products in the waste stream and assist the Legislature in designating products or product categories for product stewardship programs in accordance with this chapter. By January 15, 2011, and annually thereafter, the department may submit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over natural resources matters a report on products and product categories that when generated as waste may be appropriately managed under a product stewardship program.
2. Recommendations. The report submitted under subsection 1 may include recommendations for establishing new product stewardship programs and changes to existing product stewardship programs.
The complete statute is included as Appendix B in the report.
We thank you for the interest in product stewardship in Maine.
Carole Cifrino, Manager
Product Management Programs
Division of Solid Waste Management
Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
Phone: 207-287-7720; Fax 207-287-6220
Email: carole.a.cifrino@maine.gov


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