Sego Jackson is City of Seattle's Strategic Advisor for Waste Prevention and Product Stewardship and works in the areas of waste prevention, recycling, organics management, and product stewardship/producer responsibility. In this position, he monitors and advises on related legislation at the local, state and federal level. Sego also serves as Policy committee Chair for the Northwest Product Stewardship Council.
Sego is most noted for his work on product stewardship/producer responsibility systems and legislation and played a significant role in the drafting and passage of Washington State's landmark producer responsibility bill for electronics (2006), the nation's first full producer responsibility law for electronics. This law has now resulted in the manufacturers of electronics providing over 280 locations across Washington where citizens can responsibly recycle their televisions and computers at no cost.
Producer responsibility is a policy approach that requires the producers of products and packaging to provide or finance the collection, reuse, recycling and/or proper disposal of their products and packaging when the consumer is done with them and is seeking a means of recycling or special disposal. Sego is often involved with national, regional or state stakeholder processes or negotiations on this subject,and has helped develop policy proposals related to batteries, carpet, mercury lighting, medical sharps, packaging, paint, pharmaceuticals, solar modules and thermostats.
He is a founding steering committee member of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council and is the Chair of its Policy Subcommittee. His activities include promoting product stewardship for a wide range of toxic products; working to decrease the impacts of packaging and increase its recycling; and closing the foodcycling loop through effective composting of food waste and other organics and returning that compost to local farms and gardens.
Sego lives on South Whidbey Island in the Maxwelton watershed.