The Global Product Stewardship Council

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 inplace 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

 

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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GlobalPSC News – June 2018

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 6:46 pm, June 30th, 2018

 

International Stewardship Forum Outcomes

 

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Highlights from the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum, including recommendations to the Australian Government for improvements to the Product Stewardship Act 2011, are now available in the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper.

The International Stewardship Forum was held in Sydney from 4-6 April 2018. With over 130 participants and 13 international speakers, the Forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to gather practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs across a broad range of products and substances.

For more information, click here.

 

Approaching Deadline for EPR Reporting in Chile

 

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Under the provisions of the second transitory article of Law No 20,920, producers of certain priority products are obligation to report information to the Chilean Ministry of Environment. The submission date for products placed on the market last year is 31 August, under the Exempt Resolution No. 0409/2018 of the MMA.

The obligation applies to producers of the following products: lubricating oils, electrical and electronic devices, batteries (split by weight), packaging, tyres, and newspapers and magazines. You are considered a producer of a priority product if you sell one of the obligated products for the first time in the market; dispose of priority products acquired from a third party that is not the first distributor; or import priority products for your own professional use. Furthermore, in the case of packaging, a producer is the person who introduces the packaging or packaged consumer goods into the market.

For more information, click here.

 

Australian Senate Recommends Stronger Product Stewardship

 

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An Australian Senate inquiry into waste and recycling has recommended shifting from Australia’s traditional preference for voluntary product stewardship to greater introduction of mandatory schemes.

The inquiry’s final report contained a number of recommendations specific to product stewardship, including:

  • prioritising the establishment of a circular economy.
  • a national container deposit scheme.
  • making Australia’s product stewardship schemes under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 mandatory.
  • mandatory schemes for tyres, mattresses, e-waste and photovoltaic panels.
  • re-establishment of the Product Stewardship Advisory Group.
  • a phase-out of petroleum-based single-use plastics by 2023.

For more information, click here.

 

Modulated Fees in EPR 

 

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for the Environment in the UK, Michael Gove, announced a reform of the current Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system based on a consultation taking place later this year. Following this, there has been a lot of talk about modulated fees, which are already in place in the French and Italian packaging compliance schemes, CONAI and Citeo. Modulated fees are those which vary with the eco-design of the packaging, for example, a lower fee is charged for plastic that is easily recyclable and a higher fee is charged for plastic that is not widely recyclable.

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

International Stewardship Forum Outcomes

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 6:19 pm, June 30th, 2018

 

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Highlights from the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum, including recommendations to the Australian Government for improvements to the Product Stewardship Act 2011, are now available in the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper.

The International Stewardship Forum was held in Sydney from 4-6 April 2018. With over 130 participants and 13 international speakers, the Forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to gather practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The Forum was designed to maximise discussion and interaction between local and international representatives. It involved:

  • two days of presentations and panel discussions.
  • a final day of discussions with select stakeholders to reflect upon the Forum presentations, identify key insights, and help map out a way forward for product stewardship in Australia. These discussions followed a modified Chatham House Rule to encourage openness and information sharing.

The Forum was designed and structured to help inform the Australian Government’s 2018 review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act).

The paper provides an overview of some of the issues, ideas and solutions that were raised by participants over the three days. It is structured in two sections:

  • high level insights into the design and implementation of effective product stewardship policies and programs
  • the implications of these insights for Australian policy, including the current review of the Act.

Download the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper here.

 

Approaching Deadline for EPR Reporting in Chile

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 5:28 pm, June 30th, 2018

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Under the provisions of the second transitory article of Law No 20,920, producers of certain priority products are obligation to report information to the Chilean Ministry of Environment. The submission date for products placed on the market last year is 31 August, under the Exempt Resolution No. 0409/2018 of the MMA.

The obligation applies to producers of the following products: lubricating oils, electrical and electronic devices, batteries (split by weight), packaging, tyres, and newspapers and magazines. You are considered a producer of a priority product if you sell one of the obligated products for the first time in the market; dispose of priority products acquired from a third party that is not the first distributor; or import priority products for your own professional use. Furthermore, in the case of packaging, a producer is the person who introduces the packaging or packaged consumer goods into the market.

Product Definition

Lubricating oil​

Liquid substance of mineral or synthetic base, formulated for reduced friction, to dissipate heat and facilitate movement between pieces. Applicable to machines and tools of all kinds, including domestic and individual. ​​

Electrical and electronic devices​

Electrical appliances and electronic apparatus that to function correctly need electrical power or electromagnetic fields, as well as the necessary devices to generate, transmit and measure such streams and fields. ​

Batteries (baterias)​

Any source of electrical energy obtained by direct energy transformation from chemicals and constituted b one or several elements, with a weight greater than 2 kg. ​

Packaging and packaged products​

Packaging and packaged products manufactured with any material and from any nature, in order to be used as containment or protecting, or to manipulate, facilitate delivery, to stock, transport or to improve the presentation of distant product, from raw materials to processed items. ​

Batteries (pilas)​

Any source of electrical energy obtained by direct transformation of chemical energy and consisting of one or more elements, not weighing more than 2 kg. ​

Newspapers and magazines

Diaries, newspapers and all printed publication that are published and distributed periodically, orientated to deliver news, to inform or to entertain. ​​

​The reports must be submitted through the Emissions Registry and Transfers of Pollutants website and should include the following information: quantity (in units, cubic metres or tons, whichever is appropriate) of priority products marketed in the country during 2017; collection activities such as recycling and disposal carried out in the same period, and its cost; Quantity (units, cubic meters or tons) of waste collected and recycled in said period; Indication that if the management for the activities of collection and recycling is carried out individually or in association with other producers.

Producers must also register on the Polluting Emissions and Transfer Registry and access the Extended Producer Responsibility (REP) platform, where they can make their declaration.

Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

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