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Heidi Sanborn

Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council, USA

Heidi has been active in the solid waste industry in California for 20 years, working in various public and private positions including with consulting firms to cities and counties on reducing waste and increasing recycling, as an independent consultant, and serving in state government as the technical advisor to the Chair of the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), now CalRecycle. 

As a consultant, Ms. Sanborn was the primary author of the contractor's report to the CIWMB titled "Framework for Evaluating End-of-Life Product Management Systems in California" (7/07). This report analyzed different policy systems around the world and recommended that California utilize EPR policy for problem products to ensure fully funded and sustainable recycling systems for products banned from disposal like mercury lighting and batteries.  

Ms. Sanborn is widely recognized as the expert in EPR policy in California and internationally. She has been called to serve as an expert witness making presentations on packaging EPR to the California Ocean Protection Council, National EPA Pollution Prevention conference in Washington, D.C., and at the international EPR Packaging conference in Brussels, Belgium in October 2010.  She has authored numerous articles and reports on product stewardship.

Ms. Sanborn is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - Public Service and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. 

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