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Indisposable Live: Reuse in EPR
With momentum surging in state legislatures to tackle the growing waste crisis, we face a pivotal opportunity to catalyze the new reuse economy. Join Upstream and friends for our first livestream of 2023 as we explore how best to incorporate waste prevention and reuse into one of the most popular waste policies - Extended Producer Responsibility. Strong EPR policies should support a just transition to a circular economy that prioritizes reuse.

Upstream's Policy Director, Sydney Harris, will provide an overview of our new Principles for Reuse/Refill in EPR and DRS and host a conversation with special guest panelists who craft and support EPR legislation – including Jennifer Navarra, Program Director for Zero Waste Hawaiʻi Island; Will Grassle, Associate for Policy & Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute; McKenna Morrigan, Policy Advisor at Seattle Public Utilities; and David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
11am PT / 2pm ET

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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Sydney Harris
Policy Director @Upstream
Sydney brings a unique blend of facilitation and policy expertise to Upstream. With a foundation in science research and 10+ years of experience in environmental advocacy, Sydney now focuses her time on her true passion: reuse. She enjoys supporting stakeholders across all sectors as they design, introduce, and pass strong policies that drive packaging reduction, reuse, and recycling, and she is recognized for supporting the passage of the nation’s first packaging EPR laws. Sydney leads Upstream’s engagement with state, federal, and global policy and supports the policy team with local engagement. She is also passionate about social and environmental justice and has held many youth advocacy and education positions.
Jennifer Navarra
Program Director @Zero Waste Hawaii Island
Jennifer Navarra has been working in the zero waste movement in Hawaii for the last four years and is the Program Director for Zero Waste Hawaiʻi Island. It was through her work doing outreach at events and community meetings that she understood the need for system level changes to address our society's waste problem. Since that time, Jennifer has been advocating for reusable packaging systems and is engaged in efforts to pass Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging legislation in Hawaii. Jennifer is a systems thinker who draws on her background in anthropology and ecology to imagine and create better systems to collect and reuse our resources and reduce waste.
McKenna Morrigan
Policy Advisor @Seattle Public Utilities
McKenna Morrigan is the waste prevention and product stewardship policy advisor for Seattle Public Utilities. In this role, she advocates for state and local policies to advance SPU’s vision of zero waste and support the development of a circular and inclusive economy. She has been directly involved in the development of the EPR policies, including the policy introduced as HB 1131 in the Washington state legislature this year. Previously, McKenna was a senior associate at Cascadia Consulting Group, where she was the lead author of a study on plastic packaging waste problems and solutions by the Washington state legislature in 2019, as well as numerous other research and policy analysis efforts.
Will Grassle
Associate for Policy & Programs @Product Stewardship Institute
Will Grassle supports PSI’s work on paper and plastic packaging along with legislative tracking. Before his time with PSI, Will worked with the City of San Luis Obispo to develop and implement a Zero Waste Plan for municipal facilities and operations. Will earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Claremont McKenna College, where he focused his coursework on environmental policy and corporate sustainability.
David Allaway
Senior Policy Analyst @Oregon Department of Environmental Equality
David Allaway has worked at the intersection of waste, materials, and environment for over 30 years. He is currently a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), where most of his time has been spent advancing “upstream” solutions as well as environmental analyses to inform such work. David’s work has appeared in Time magazine, Vox, PBS Frontline, the New York Times, and even Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Most recently, he co-chaired Oregon’s Recycling Steering Committee and played a key role in the development, passage and early implementation of Oregon’s Recycling Modernization Act – a comprehensive recycling and producer responsibility legislation law for packaging, food serviceware and printing/writing paper – and which contains several elements to advance prevention and reuse.