The Global Product Stewardship Council

GlobalPSC Highlights for 2016

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 5:42 pm, December 31st, 2016

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The Global Product Stewardship Council further expanded our coverage of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs and policies in 2016, in addition to deepening our understanding in several key emerging issues. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2016 highlights include:

The GlobalPSC was also joined by several new members in 2016, including:

The GlobalPSC and a range of our members collaborated with Dr Helen Lewis to produce her book Product Stewardship in Action, which promotes the business case for product stewardship. GlobalPSC members are entitled to a 30% discount on the book for a limited time. Contact us for details.

For the GlobalPSC’s year-end Annual General Meeting, nominations were called for the following positions, to be in effect for one year:

The Executive Committee comprises the office-holders plus Kylie Hughes, Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle, Mark Kurschner and Ed Cordner. With the exception of David Perchard, all office-holders and Executive Committee members re-nominted and were re-elected. David Perchard is taking a step back from GlobalPSC commitments to spend more time with family; his service since the foundation of the GlobalPSC was duly noted and greatly appreciated. No nominations for Vice-President were received, so the position will be filled by the Executive Committee in early 2017.

 

Promoting the Business Case for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 6:02 pm, December 7th, 2016

We are very pleased to announce a new book on the business case for product stewardship by, and featuring, GlobalPSC members. One of our long-term members, Dr Helen Lewis, gives an overview in the guest blog below. Active GlobalPSC members can email us at russ@globalpsc.net for a special members rate of 30% off the normal price.

 

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The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and author of Product Stewardship in Action.

 

Product stewardship is often promoted as an environmental strategy for companies, or as an effective public policy solution to the costs of waste and recycling.

During my research and in-depth discussions with industry practitioners over the past few years, the broader benefits and value of product stewardship to business have become clear. Companies that understand the environmental and social impacts of their products; engage with stakeholders through genuine and open dialogue; and then implement appropriate strategies; can create shared value for themselves and their stakeholders. This applies whether the company is taking individual action or collaborating with industry peers.

Product stewardship in action: the business case for lifecycle thinking (Greenleaf UK) builds on my own experiences in eco-design, recycling and product stewardship. It would not have been possible, however, without the generosity of those I interviewed. Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC, supported this project from the beginning, provided useful information and insights, and connected me to local and international practitioners.

GlobalPSC members feature in some of the detailed case studies, including Call2Recycle (batteries and mobile phones), Vinyl Council of Australia (PVC packaging, medical products, flooring etc.), TechCollect (TVs and computers) and Close the Loop (printer cartridges). Other members, such as the Product Stewardship Institute, Product Stewardship Society, Dell, CalRecycle, Australian Packaging Covenant, Perchards Limited and PETCO, are also included as either mini-case studies or interviews.

My heartfelt thanks to all of the people who contributed their time, knowledge and insights to the project. GlobalPSC members can purchase the book at a 30% discount – please email Russ Martin for details.

 

Guest Blog – Promoting the Business Case for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 1:17 pm, December 7th, 2016

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The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and author of Product Stewardship in Action.

 

Product stewardship is often promoted as an environmental strategy for companies, or as an effective public policy solution to the costs of waste and recycling.

During my research and in-depth discussions with industry practitioners over the past few years, the broader benefits and value of product stewardship to business have become clear. Companies that understand the environmental and social impacts of their products; engage with stakeholders through genuine and open dialogue; and then implement appropriate strategies; can create shared value for themselves and their stakeholders. This applies whether the company is taking individual action or collaborating with industry peers.

Product stewardship in action: the business case for lifecycle thinking (Greenleaf UK) builds on my own experiences in eco-design, recycling and product stewardship. It would not have been possible, however, without the generosity of those I interviewed. Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC, supported this project from the beginning, provided useful information and insights, and connected me to local and international practitioners.

GlobalPSC members feature in some of the detailed case studies, including Call2Recycle (batteries and mobile phones), Vinyl Council of Australia (PVC packaging, medical products, flooring etc.), TechCollect (TVs and computers) and Close the Loop (printer cartridges). Other members, such as the Product Stewardship Institute, Product Stewardship Society, Dell, CalRecycle, Australian Packaging Covenant, Perchards Limited and PETCO, are also included as either mini-case studies or interviews.

My heartfelt thanks to all of the people who contributed their time, knowledge and insights to the project. GlobalPSC members can purchase the book at a 30% discount – please email Russ Martin for details.

 

Annual General Meeting and Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 2:21 pm, December 1st, 2016

The Global Product Stewardship Council is holding its Annual General Meeting via webconference at 0900 Australian Eastern Daylight Time in Australia on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Due to time zone differences, this equates to the following:

  • 2200 on Wednesday, 14 December in London
  • 1700 on Wednesday, 14 in Boston
  • 1600 on Wednesday, 14 in Minneapolis
  • 1400 on Wednesday, 14 in Vancouver

 

Email admin@globalpsc.net to register for participation in the AGM. While multiple representatives of member organisations are welcome to participate in the AGM, each organisation is entitled to one vote only. Participation details will be emailed to you once registered.

Items to be addressed during the AGM include:

  • Approve minutes of last AGM
  • President’s report on GlobalPSC activities during the last preceding financial year
  • Member feedback / Q&A on GlobalPSC member services
  • Financial statement
  • Election of office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

 

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

In accordance with the Rules of the Global Product Stewardship Council, nominations for office-holders and other Executive Committee positions are now open. Only paid-up full GlobalPSC members may nominate a candidate, or be nominated as a candidate.

 

The term of office of all currently elected GlobalPSC officers and Executive Committee members will expire at the conclusion of the AGM.  Nominations are called for the following positions (current office-holders are listed), to be in effect for one year:

The Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Kylie Hughes, Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle, Mark Kurschner and Ed Cordner. With the exception of David Perchard, whose service since the foundation of the GlobalPSC is greatly appreciated, all current office-holders and Executive Committee members have opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC Rules.

Nominations for office-holders and committee members must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the GlobalPSC and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. Candidates will be required to provide a recent high-resolution digital photograph and a statement of no more than 100 words in support of their candidature.

Nominations should be emailed to russ@globalpsc.net by 12 December 2016.

Annual General Meeting and Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 2:16 pm, December 1st, 2016

The Global Product Stewardship Council is holding its Annual General Meeting via webconference at 0900 Australian Eastern Daylight Time in Australia on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Due to time zone differences, this equates to the following:

  • 2200 on Wednesday, 14 December in London
  • 1700 on Wednesday, 14 in Boston
  • 1600 on Wednesday, 14 in Minneapolis
  • 1400 on Wednesday, 14 in Vancouver

 

Email admin@globalpsc.net to register for participation in the AGM. While multiple representatives of member organisations are welcome to participate in the AGM, each organisation is entitled to one vote only. Participation details will be emailed to you once registered.

Items to be addressed during the AGM include:

  • Approve minutes of last AGM
  • President’s report on GlobalPSC activities during the last preceding financial year
  • Member feedback / Q&A on GlobalPSC member services
  • Financial statement
  • Election of office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

 

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

In accordance with the Rules of the Global Product Stewardship Council, nominations for office-holders and other Executive Committee positions are now open. Only paid-up full GlobalPSC members may nominate a candidate, or be nominated as a candidate.

 

The term of office of all currently elected GlobalPSC officers and Executive Committee members will expire at the conclusion of the AGM.  Nominations are called for the following positions (current office-holders are listed), to be in effect for one year:

The Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Kylie Hughes, Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle, Mark Kurschner and Ed Cordner. With the exception of David Perchard, whose service since the foundation of the GlobalPSC is greatly appreciated, all current office-holders and Executive Committee members have opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC Rules.

Nominations for office-holders and committee members must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the GlobalPSC and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. Candidates will be required to provide a recent high-resolution digital photograph and a statement of no more than 100 words in support of their candidature.

Nominations should be emailed to russ@globalpsc.net by 12 December 2016.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Lorax Compliance

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 3:57 pm, November 18th, 2016

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Lorax Compliance is a leading provider of global product environmental compliance solutions comprising market-leading software, data provision services and practical down-to-earth regulatory advice and consulting.

Lorax Compliance delivers cloud-based Environmental Compliance Software and Services to companies who need to comply with local, national and global Extended Producer Responsibility waste directives concerning Packaging, WEEE and Batteries.

By offering turnkey compliance solutions, Lorax Compliance automates the regulatory systems and business processes of its customers, through the provision of the best software tools, the most robust data and regulatory know-how. Lorax Compliance’s mission is to assist customers to reduce their compliance risks and to manage the escalating costs of worldwide environmental compliance.

Contact details:

Website

Email: info@loraxcompliance.com

Twitter

LinkedIn 

 

2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 6:08 pm, November 13th, 2016

 2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing

Innovation Campus, Wollongong University, Australia


 

1 and 2 December 2016, 8.30am – 6.30pm

Registration is free and available here

 

The GlobalPSC is co-hosting Day 1 of the 2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing event in conjunction with the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW).

Day 1 Overview

This interactive event will delve into the interactions between increasingly complex products desired by consumers and product stewardship, including recycling, that is increasingly expected of producers.

Environmentally-friendly technologies and products, like solar panels, organic cotton garments, bamboo flooring or additive-free foods are important. But even greater environmental and economic benefits can be generated by ‘greening’ the industrial processes that deliver the materials, components and products our mass, global markets demand. This session focuses on the many new opportunities to leverage high temperature reactions to transform even complex waste streams in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’. By redirecting waste, as a valuable resource, back into our industrial processes we can transform it in the production of previously unimaginable value-added materials and products; that is, truly green materials.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) was originally intended to reduce environmental impacts of products (primarily through redesign) by shifting physical and/or financial responsibility of post-consumer products to producers. EPR almost always has a regulatory underpinning, while the related concept of product stewardship may be voluntary or regulatory. Although product stewardship addresses full life-cycle impacts of products and their use by consumers, product stewardship and EPR programs have traditionally focused on recycling and material recovery.

Efforts to reduce environmental impacts across supply and recovery chains can be affected by the very processes used in green manufacturing. For example, green manufacturing can result in products without existing markets for recovered materials and are therefore not effectively captured by ‘traditional’ models of product stewardship and EPR. Producers are also increasingly being held accountable for responsibly managing products that do not have significant redesign, reuse or recycling options, such as household-generated ‘sharps’ and unwanted medicines.

Day 1 will explore these complex interactions and trade-offs with notable speakers and feature audience interaction to create a framework for how policies and practices are prioritised in order to produce optimal social, economic and environmental benefits.

 

2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 6:05 pm, November 13th, 2016

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2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing

Innovation Campus, Wollongong University, Australia


 

1 and 2 December 2016, 8.30am – 6.30pm

Registration is free and available here

The GlobalPSC is co-hosting Day 1 of the 2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing event in conjunction with the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW).

Day 1 Overview

This interactive event will delve into the interactions between increasingly complex products desired by consumers and product stewardship, including recycling, that is increasingly expected of producers.

Environmentally-friendly technologies and products, like solar panels, organic cotton garments, bamboo flooring or additive-free foods are important. But even greater environmental and economic benefits can be generated by ‘greening’ the industrial processes that deliver the materials, components and products our mass, global markets demand. This session focuses on the many new opportunities to leverage high temperature reactions to transform even complex waste streams in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’. By redirecting waste, as a valuable resource, back into our industrial processes we can transform it in the production of previously unimaginable value-added materials and products; that is, truly green materials.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) was originally intended to reduce environmental impacts of products (primarily through redesign) by shifting physical and/or financial responsibility of post-consumer products to producers. EPR almost always has a regulatory underpinning, while the related concept of product stewardship may be voluntary or regulatory. Although product stewardship addresses full life-cycle impacts of products and their use by consumers, product stewardship and EPR programs have traditionally focused on recycling and material recovery.

Efforts to reduce environmental impacts across supply and recovery chains can be affected by the very processes used in green manufacturing. For example, green manufacturing can result in products without existing markets for recovered materials and are therefore not effectively captured by ‘traditional’ models of product stewardship and EPR. Producers are also increasingly being held accountable for responsibly managing products that do not have significant redesign, reuse or recycling options, such as household-generated ‘sharps’ and unwanted medicines.

Day 1 will explore these complex interactions and trade-offs with notable speakers and feature audience interaction to create a framework for how policies and practices are prioritised in order to produce optimal social, economic and environmental benefits.

 

GlobalPSC News – October 2016

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 9:27 pm, October 31st, 2016

Message from the CEO

Our recent activities have reinforced not only the maturity and diversity of a broad range of international product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs, but their potential for new and improved efforts and increased efficiency.

At the recent International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia, I provided an overview of global trends and participated in discussions on good governance and EPR in conjunction with the OECD, European Commission and Estonian and Portuguese Ministries for Environment. Several sessions were moderated by GlobalPSC Advisory Group member Joachim Quoden, and reflected a great deal of interest from participants not normally active in product stewardship and EPR.

Novi Sad also saw the official launch of the OECD’s updated guidelines on EPR, which provide a solid overview of product stewardship and EPR programs and frameworks with which to judge and improve their effectiveness.

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Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of the OECD, officially launches the OECD’s updated guidelines on EPR.

In conjunction with the trip, I was fortunate to have a range of site visits and meetings with GlobalPSC members and other parties interested on current and emerging issues.

Visits in the UK featured several of our members, including Perchards and site visits of electronics reuse and recycling operations with ITR Global.

Meetings in Paris included French EPR systems for sharps (DASTRI), packaging (Eco-Emballages and Adelphe), electronics (Eco-systemes) and unwanted medicines (Cyclamed) as well as the OECD and the French EPR Commission.

I would personally like to thank all the senior representatives of these organisations that gave their time so freely. We’re writing up highlights and reviewing them with the participants for accuracy in order to make them available for GlobalPSC members.

As soon as we can, we’ll keep you posted on several new projects that we can’t wait to share and provide an update on EPR implementation in Chile via our Chilean member Valoryza. GlobalPSC members will be receiving members-only news updates via email and Twitter.

 

TIC Group Opens Australia’s First Automated Mattress Recycling Facility

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TIC Group recently opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility in Melbourne. The facility uses state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands and deconstructs mattresses with recovery and recycling rates of up to 85% (and an objective of increasing this rate to 100%). For a video of launch highlights, please click on the article title above.

A second facility is being commissioned in the neighboring state of New South Wales that will be operational in 2017.

TIC Group’s efforts are intended to address the roughly one million mattresses ending up in landfill each year in Australia. Stacked on top of each other, that’s enough mattresses to reach the International Space Station.

TIC Group has partnered with social enterprise group Soft Landing to collect the mattresses from councils, transfer stations, retailers, hotels and hospitals.

 

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(L-R: Rob Millard, CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group; Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change; Michael Warren, Managing Director of TIC Group Mattress Recycling; Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria)

Photos and supporting information provided by TIC Group via Equilibrium.

 

TIC Group Opens Australia’s First Automated Mattress Recycling Facility

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 8:13 pm, October 31st, 2016

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TIC Group recently opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility in Melbourne. The facility uses state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands and deconstructs mattresses with recovery and recycling rates of up to 85% (and an objective of increasing this rate to 100%).

A second facility is being commissioned in the neighboring state of New South Wales that will be operational in 2017.

TIC Group’s efforts are intended to address the roughly one million mattresses ending up in landfill each year in Australia. Stacked on top of each other, that’s enough mattresses to reach the International Space Station.

TIC Group has partnered with social enterprise group Soft Landing to collect the mattresses from councils, transfer stations, retailers, hotels and hospitals.

Highlights from the launch are provided below.

 

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(L-R: Rob Millard, CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group; Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change; Michael Warren, Managing Director of TIC Group Mattress Recycling; Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria)

Photos and supporting information provided by TIC Group via Equilibrium.

 

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