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Indisposable Live – Back to Basics: Defining “Reuse” for Policymakers

February 15 , 11:00 am 12:00 pm EST

As the legislative season in the US ramps up, it’s promising to see increased momentum behind EPR, DRS and other policies involving reuse. But even as these policies are being developed, the definitions of “reuse” are scattered and often ill-conceived. Now is the time to properly define reusable packaging—and especially differentiate between returnable and refillable packaging—in the policy context.

Join us to kick off the first installment of Indisposable Live® (Upstream’s livestream series) for 2024. We’ll learn from Zero Waste Europe’s Nathan Dufour about the recommendations outlined in ZWE’s “Packaging Refill vs. Packaging Prevention” report, as well as from Oceana’s Matt Littlejohn about some of the potential pitfalls of vague reuse definitions. Upstream’s Policy Director Sydney Harris will moderate the panel discussion and explain the different types of reuse, offer some do’s and don’ts within the policy landscape, and share Upstream’s own recommended definition of reuse—in hopes of moving us all forward in passing truly effective reuse policy.

This program will run for one hour with an additional, optional 30 minute “speed networking” event at the end.

This event is free, open to the public, and will be recorded and shared with all registrants (whether you can join us live or not). Space is limited so please register today.


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