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ILPSC Documents:

Illinois Product Stewardship Council (ILPSC)

Members: Local, County & State Governments; Agencies & Associations; Non-Profits; Industry

  • Contact: Marta Keane, Chair, Will County
  • Organizational Structure: Unincorporated association
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Other Product Stewardship Organizations in the U.S. and beyond

British Columbia Product Stewardship Council (BCPSC)

  • Members: Regional districts, Ministry of Environment, Recycling Council of BC, Union of BC Municipalities, trade organizations, provincial agencies
  • Organizational Structure: N/A
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California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC)
  • Members: Local governments with multi-stakeholder partners
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Colorado Product Stewardship Council
  • Members: Federal agencies, local and state government, non-profits, large and small business (including recyclers and waste haulers) and consultants
  • Organizational Structure: 501(c)(3)
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Connecticut Product Stewardship Council
  • Members: Local governments, state agency, organizations
  • Organizational Structure: Anyone can join, participate in Council meetings, conference calls, volunteer opportunities and receive information on product stewardship initiatives.
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Global Product Stewardship Council (Global PSC)
  • Members: Corporations, government agencies, organizations, local government, industry associations, environmental NGOs, small businesses, individual members
  • Organizational Structure: Web-based
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Maine Product Stewardship Council
Massachusetts Product Stewardship Council
  • Members: Local governments, coordinated by Clean Water Action
  • Organizational Structure: Not incorporated. Holds quarterly calls, the Steering Committee is a big picture group.
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Minnesota Product Stewardship Council
Nebraska Product Stewardship Initiative
  • Members: Non-profit organizations, municipalities, state government agencies
  • Organizational Structure: N/A
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New York Product Stewardship Council
  • Members: Board of Directors
  • Organizational Structure: Incorporated as a Type B corporation under Section 201 of the Not for Profit Corporate Law (NPCL)
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Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)
  • Members: Local and state governments, with corporate and nonprofit partners
  • Organizational Structure: Governed by 11-member Board of Directors from state and local environmental agencies; also has an Advisory Council from the private, academic, and nonprofit sectors.
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Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC)
  • Members: Regional, local and provincial Governments, large and small businesses, solid waste and recycling providers, cities, non-profit organizations, individual members
  • Organizational Structure: N/A
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Texas Product Stewardship Council (TxPSC)
  • Members: Local government Steering Committee members. Partnered with: local, state and federal government agencies, businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • Organizational Structure: 501(C)3
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Vermont Product Stewardship Council (VPSC)


  • Members: Cities, counties, towns, regional solid waste districts and alliances and local government
  • Organizational Structure: N/A
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Wisconsin: Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW)

Business Case

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Benefits of Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility:

  • Product stewardship programs can save local governments money spent on household hazardous waste (HHW) and other waste management programs; and
  • More recycling opportunities and less disposal helps states, counties and muncipalities reach their goals

Visit Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) for membership benefits 

Existing Illinois EPR Laws:

Financial and Economic Benefits of Product Stewardship
Product stewardship programs - from  EPR to voluntary industry-run take-back programs - have been creating financial, economic and environmental benefits for more than 10 years in the United States. Still, there is more that we can do to turn our "waste into food" and revitalize our manufacturing industry, retain valuable raw materials and earth metals in the U.S., and reduce the costly burden of current waste management practices on taxpayers and local governments. 



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What is Product Stewardship?

Product Stewardship is the concept that whoever designs, produces, sells, or uses a product shares in the responsibility for dealing with the environmental impact of the product – even when the product has reached its end of life. The greatest responsibility lies with whomever has the most ability to affect the life cycle environmental impacts of the products, i.e., the manufacturer. In other words, if you make it, you provide a means to take it back, usually by financing programs to take back the products and recycle or dispose of them in an environmentally-sound manner. The actual collection, transportation and recycling services are most often performed by others but are paid for by the product manufacturers who then pass the costs on to the consumer in the price of the product, rather than financing waste systems through garbage fees or taxes.

Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): What’s the difference?

'Product Stewardship' and 'Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)' are terms that are often used interchangeably to describe a long-term solution to manage waste products by shifting the responsibility for collection, transportation, and management of products away from local governments to manufacturers.  Basically, Product Stewardship is a “shared responsibility” approach, in which all stakeholders (producers, retailers, local and state governments, solid waste collection companies, and consumers) share in the responsibility for making sure products are managed properlyExtended Producer Responsibility (EPR) places the responsibility directly on the product manufacturer, in which the definition varies by state.

Why Product Stewardship?

Even though most local governments provide basic recycling services, many can’t afford to recycle the vast array of products that could be recycled, or should be managed properly, because the products contain toxic materials (such as electronics or fluorescent lamps) or are expensive and difficult to manage. Therefore many products – and valuable resources – get thrown away. 

In a Product Stewardship system, product manufacturers help create a system to recycle or properly dispose of their products. In most cases, the recycling program is managed by a 'stewardship organization' on behalf of the manufacturers.  The stewardship organization contracts with local collectors, recyclers and processors to provide the recycling service. The program is funded by passing on the cost of the service to the consumer – when the consumer buys the product, they are automatically purchasing the recycling service. Producers are therefore economically involved in the system and have an incentive to make products that are more recyclable, less toxic and easier to return and/or reuse.

Who is the ILPSC?

The Council is a coalition of governments and other organizations in Illinois that operate as an unincorporated association of members.  Council members collaborate and share information through monthly meetings and conference calls. See About ILPSC for more information.

What does the ILPSC do?

The Council is a coalition of government organizations and private industry in Illinois. We work together, and with other governments, businesses and nonprofit groups, to encourage the creation of product stewardship systems for end-of-life products that are expensive to handle, create hazards, or otherwise don’t currently fit in with existing refuse and recycling systems.

The Council focuses its work on products that meet specific criteria such as products that are toxic or difficult to handle. Work is conducted via subcommittees.  See About ILPSC for more information.

How does Product Stewardship affect me?

Product Stewardship distributes the responsibility for managing products that are toxic or difficult to recycle among many different stakeholders. Consumers ultimately pay for Product Stewardship programs by purchasing the product and do their part by returning unwanted products to collection channels for recycling. Product Stewardship lowers local governments’ costs to manage waste, increases private sector waste and recycling jobs, conserves vital resources, and reduces toxic materials in garbage and landfills.

What can I do?

All products are designed with the consumer in mind: you choose between competing products. Your buying power can help drive the decisions of retailers and manufacturers to make less toxic and easier to recycle products.

Make your voice heard:

  • Before you buy a product, do your homework. Does the manufacturer or retailer take back and recycle their products?
  • Ask the sales person if the manufacturer or the store will take back and recycle the product when you no longer need it. If you're buying a product to replace one, ask if they will recycle your old one.
  • Contact manufacturers who make the products you buy and let them know you would like them to offer a take-back program.
  • Share your knowledge and choices with your friends and family.