Plenary • Overcoming Hurdles in Passing Zero Waste Legislative Bills

October 26, 2023 from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm

Speaker: Moderator: Megan Wolff • Speakers: Heather Trim, Nick Lapis, Randy Moorman

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Zero Waste topics, especially plastics and recycling, have caught the public’s attention. Thus, there has been a flood of legislative bills at all levels – local, state and federal – addressing plastic products, recycling, composting, extended producer responsibility policies, and more. Opposition to these bills center on economic concerns and costs, operations disruptions and stranded assets, regulatory burden, and political ideology. Presenters in this session, with examples from Washington State, California, and Colorado will discuss recent legislative efforts and the behind-the-scenes sausage-making about how these bills got to the finish line, overcoming the numerous hurdles and challenges. Topics covered include building effective coalitions, research and policy pitfalls, messaging, and advocacy that resulted in the successful passage of these bills, ….and the failure of others. Presenters will also include lessons learned or “what we wished we had done differently!”

Moderator: Megan Wolff, Beyond Plastics

Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington
Nick Lapis, Californians Against Waste
Randy Moorman, Eco-Cycle