The Global Product Stewardship Council

Child Car Safety Seat Recycling Trial

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 11:24 am, October 31st, 2018

 

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It is always refreshing to see new product categories added to the list of stewardship initiatives being developed in Australia. Importantly, it is a sign that more manufacturers, retailers and service providers can see the broader environmental and social benefits of managing product-related impacts.

Consumer appetite for stewardship schemes that meet a clear need and are also equitable in their coverage nationwide, is strong and ever-increasing, but not always uncomplicated and adequately funded. Some are mature and meet community expectations, while others are nascent and in development.

A new product category being investigated for stewardship action in Australia is the child car safety seat. Not always associated with take-back and recycling programs, the majority of these seats go straight to landfill at end-of-life despite being highly recyclable. Over 90% of a typical child car safety seat contains materials that can be recovered and reprocessed when correctly dismantled. The category includes rear facing infant carriers and bases, forward facing seats and booster seats.

Roughly 1-1.4 million child car safety seats reach their end of life every year in Australia, with most sent to landfill. Despite at least 90 per cent of materials contained in a child car safety seat being recyclable, there are currently limited opportunities to recycle them in Australia.

During 2017, sustainability consultants Equilibrium developed and implemented child safety seat recycling trials in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Several key stakeholders participated in the trial, which included close cooperation with seat manufacturers, automotive associations, local councils, recyclers and community groups.

The trial successfully explored collection issues and tested the feasibility of a product stewardship model to improve car seat recycling. Over 10 tonnes of seats were processed during the trial, with a recovery rate of 82 per cent.

Enthusiastic collaboration between stakeholders has been a key feature of how the trial has been designed and implemented. A strong partnership approach has also helped to maximise community engagement and raise broader awareness about the potential for a permanent program.

The trial program received funding and support from the Queensland and NSW governments (Waste Less Recycle More Initiative – NSW), Victorian Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group as well as major car seat brands including Dorel and InfaSecure, and automotive association representatives from RACV, NRMA, RAA and RACT. Kidsafe and various social enterprises have also been involved in the trial’s promotion and delivery.

For more information about the trial you can view this short video.

GlobalPSC members can download a detailed case study sheet with practical considerations from the Knowledge Base.

Text and materials provided by Equilibrium.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Equilibrium

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 12:08 pm, October 23rd, 2018

 

 

Equilibrium understands the commercial and environmental drivers when it comes to product stewardship and its potential contribution to environmental and economic improvement. Equilibrium provides end-to-end stewardship services, from tailored programs and engagement strategies through to auditing methods and communications advice.

The Equilibrium team covers the full range of capabilities necessary to design, develop, implement and evaluate successful stewardship solutions, schemes and programs. Whether it is a regulated scheme, a voluntary industry program, or an individual business service to customers, Equilibrium has the skills, networks and systems to assist manufacturers, importers, retailers, associations and not-for-profits to develop and execute high performance outcomes.

Some of the stewardship projects undertaken by Equilibrium cover paint, tyres, electronics, packaging, lighting, safety equipment and mattresses. Reviews of government policies and regulation have also been conducted.

In addition to strong stewardship capabilities, Equilibrium provides sustainability solutions that cut costs, align organisational goals and enhance reputation. From environmental management systems to technical assessments to strategic advice, the company’s expertise covers several key sectors of the economy including food manufacturing, stadiums and events, government, waste management, recycling, agriculture, telecommunications, packaging and facilities management.

Visit the Equilibrium website to find out more.

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Tyre Stewardship Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 2:41 pm, October 12th, 2018

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Tyre Stewardship Australia is an ACCC-approved industry cooperative scheme, established with State and Federal Government support, focussed on increasing the sustainable management of the over 56 million end-of-life tyres that Australia generates each year.

TSA are delivering an accreditation scheme, targeted education and market development funding. The TSA Market Development Fund has committed several million dollars, with the aim to increase the utilisation of tyre-derived product through the creation of new end-use products and markets. It has also recently introduced a demonstration and infrastructure funding stream to fund real-world demonstration of research validated projects that aim to verify the commercial viability of new tyre-derived products and consume substantial quantities of tyres.

TSA also provides access to accredited sources for new tyres and end destinations for a problematic waste stream. Since its 2013 inception, TSA has established an accreditation and reporting scheme that has over 1,500 accredited tyre stores covering many retail groups, and accredited recyclers who handle more than 80% of the available end-of-life-tyres (EOLTs) managed in Australia, providing sound destinations for end of life tyres collected.

In support of that scheme, a comprehensive public education program has generated over 1 million unique visits to the www.greentyreproject.com.au website and many thousands of searches for accredited tyre retailers.

Join the TSA free as a participant and continue the drive for a circular economy.

Apply online at tyrestewardship.org.au or contact TSA via email by info@tyrestewardship.org.au.

 

California Adopts First US State Sharps EPR Program

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 1:19 pm, October 12th, 2018

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 212 on 30 September, creating the first comprehensive, producer-funded take-back program for both home-generated sharps and unwanted medicines in the US. 

California now becomes the first US state to require extended producer responsibility (EPR) for sharps. France is the only country with national EPR for sharps.  

The California program requires producers or distributors to adopt and implement a stewardship program for covered drugs or sharps, as applicable, or to join a collective organisation to discharge those responsibilities. Key provisions require a proposed stewardship plan, initial stewardship program budget, annual budget, annual report, and other specified information. The state government, via CalRecycle, is to have regulations in place effective no later than 1 January 2021.

California joins New York as US states with mandated EPR laws for unwanted medicines (referred to as ‘covered drugs’ in AB 212) set to take effect. New York’s program became law in July 2018, with implementation to be effective mid-2019.

Takeback programs, either voluntary or regulated, for unwanted medicines exist in a range of states and countries globally.

 

Free PSI Webinar

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 6:10 pm, October 1st, 2018

 

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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 | 11 am – 12:30 pm EDT / 4 pm – 5:30 pm CET

Content courtesy of the Product Stewardship Institute


Learn about the world’s best producer responsibility programs to manage packaging and printed paper.

 

Imagine a world where packaging is minimal, and what remains is reused and recycled, with few environmental impacts. Strong extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs can help us get there. Under advanced EPR systems, businesses have incentive to incorporate eco design, waste prevention, reuse, and recycling into their operations, returning valuable resources to the circular economy. EPR can help your business and government meet sustainability goals, save money, create green jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

This PSI facilitated webinar will begin a global conversation on challenges and opportunities to managing packaging and printed paper (PPP). Speakers from the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA) and high-performing European and Canadian EPR organizations will explain what EPR is, how successful EPR systems work, and the benefits EPR can deliver – including better recycling infrastructure and increased recycling, eco design, and public awareness. The speakers will also examine EPR’s role in advancing the circular economy and preventing plastics pollution. Participants will leave the webinar with guidance on what is necessary to set up a successful EPR system and next steps to continue the global conversation.

 
Speakers

Joachim Quoden
Managing Director of Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)
Belgium

 

John Coyne
Executive Chair of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance
Vice President of Unilever Canada
Canada

 

Johan Goossens
Director of Finance & Communication of Fost Plus
Chair of EXPRA Regulatory Committee
Belgium

 

Scott Cassel (Moderator)
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Product Stewardship Institute, Inc.
USA

 

Can’t make it? Register to join the network and receive the webinar recording.
Pricing: FREE!
Questions?
Megan Byers
+1 (617) 236-4866

 

Unilever Increase Recycling of Rigid Plastics

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 7:38 pm, August 31st, 2018

Unilever Australia & New Zealand is introducing at least 25% Australia-sourced post-consumer recycled plastic for bottles of brands such as OMO, Dove, Surf, Sunsilk and TRESemmé, and commit to going further when technically possible.

The move will create an end market for approximately 750 tonnes of recycled plastic per year – equivalent to more than 100m single-use plastic bags*.

“As a consumer goods company, we are acutely aware of the consequences of a linear take-make-dispose model and we want to change it. We are proud to be taking this step forward, but no business can create a circular economy in isolation. Creating a local market and demand for all types of recycled plastic is critical and heavy lifting is needed from all players involved – suppliers, packaging converters, brand owners, policy makers and retailers, collectors, sorters and recyclers. We need a complete shift in how we think about and use resources.”, said Clive Stiff, CEO Unilever Australia & New Zealand.

In 2017 Unilever committed globally to design all of its plastic packaging to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 (which would be consistent with a target set in April 2018 by Australia’s Meeting of Environment Ministers) and to use at least 25% recycled plastic packaging by 2025.

*Based on average single-use grocery plastic bag weight of 5.5g

 

GlobalPSC News – August 2018

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 7:18 pm, August 31st, 2018

 

Unilever Increase Recycling of Rigid Plastics

Unilever Australia & New Zealand is introducing at least 25% Australia-sourced post-consumer recycled plastic for bottles of brands such as OMO, Dove, Surf, Sunsilk and TRESemmé, and commit to going further when technically possible.

The move will create an end market for approximately 750 tonnes of recycled plastic per year – equivalent to more than 100m single-use plastic bags*.

“As a consumer goods company, we are acutely aware of the consequences of a linear take-make-dispose model and we want to change it. We are proud to be taking this step forward, but no business can create a circular economy in isolation. Creating a local market and demand for all types of recycled plastic is critical and heavy lifting is needed from all players involved – suppliers, packaging converters, brand owners, policy makers and retailers, collectors, sorters and recyclers. We need a complete shift in how we think about and use resources.”, said Clive Stiff, CEO Unilever Australia & New Zealand.

In 2017 Unilever committed globally to design all of its plastic packaging to be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 (which would be consistent with a target set in April 2018 by Australia’s Meeting of Environment Ministers) and to use at least 25% recycled plastic packaging by 2025.

*Based on average single-use grocery plastic bag weight of 5.5g

 

Plasticity Forum Kuala Lumpur 25 October

 

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Building Roads with Plastic Bags and Glass 

 

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The GlobalPSC joined one of our Sustaining Corporate Members, Close the Loop, and other stakeholders for the launch of the first road in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, built from soft plastics and glass.

The road, in the Sutherland Shire, incorporated soft plastics (equal to 176,000 plastic bags), glass (equal to over 55,000 glass bottles), toner from almost 4,000 toner cartridges and 66 tonnes of asphalt from reclaimed roads.

Infrastructure service provider Downer notes that the road product, called Plastiphalt, is cost competitive and has a 65 per cent improvement in fatigue life, as well as increased resistance to deformation. These characteristics allow Plastiphalt roads to last longer and to better handle heavy vehicle traffic.

Nerida Mortlock, General Manager of Close the Loop Australia, noted, “Our close partnership with Downer, along with our collaborative partnerships with RedCycle and Plastic Police has allowed us to design, develop and manufacture sustainable products using problematic waste  streams. We are very pleased to see soft plastics used for the first time in a NSW road”.

 

Plasticity Forum Kuala Lumpur 25 October

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 10:01 am, August 23rd, 2018

Towards a , eradication of and  . Kuala Lumpur 25 October.

 

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Building Roads with Plastic Bags and Glass

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 5:09 pm, August 3rd, 2018

 

 

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The GlobalPSC joined one of our Sustaining Corporate Members, Close the Loop, and other stakeholders for the launch of the first road in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, built from soft plastics and glass.

The road, in the Sutherland Shire, incorporated soft plastics (equal to 176,000 plastic bags), glass (equal to over 55,000 glass bottles), toner from almost 4,000 toner cartridges and 66 tonnes of asphalt from reclaimed roads.

Infrastructure service provider Downer notes that the road product, called Plastiphalt, is cost competitive and has a 65 per cent improvement in fatigue life, as well as increased resistance to deformation. These characteristics allow Plastiphalt roads to last longer and to better handle heavy vehicle traffic.

Nerida Mortlock, General Manager of Close the Loop Australia, noted, “Our close partnership with Downer, along with our collaborative partnerships with RedCycle and Plastic Police has allowed us to design, develop and manufacture sustainable products using problematic waste  streams. We are very pleased to see soft plastics used for the first time in a NSW road”.

 

International Stewardship Forum 2018 – Sydney Outcomes

The Issues and Options Paper reflects summary outcomes of the international Stewardship Forum held April 2018 in Sydney. 

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