Webinar – Battery Stewardship Developments in the U.S. A Joint Government and Industry Regulatory Solution for Single Use + Rechargeable Batteries

The United States is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management. This webinar will discuss the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, explore lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), ... Read More

Recycling in a Global Economy – GlobalPSC Thought Leadership Forum

Recycling in a Global Economy SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney 9:00am to 1:00pm The Global Product Stewardship Council and its members invite you to our latest thought leadership forum featuring Adam Minter, the author of best-selling book Junkyard Planet. Adam is a third-generation scrap dealer turned journalist who’s spent over a decade living in Asia, examining recycling practices first-hand and sharing his insights. The GlobalPSC and electronics recycler TES-AMM are pleased to provide this first Australian opportunity to hear and meet Adam Minter. Adam’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Adam and other international experts on the ... Read More

GlobalPSC Launches Key Themes to be Explored with Members

Singapore – The Global Product Stewardship Council today announced a series of themes to enable decision makers to more effectively draw upon international experience in product stewardship policy and to help raise the standards of recycling programs globally. The roundtable discussions, hosted jointly by the GlobalPSC and Infoactiv at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, addressed a broad range of chemicals and products amongst key stakeholders including BASF, HP, Apple, Shell and CropLife Asia. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin provided a global overview of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs then launched the themes being examined by the GlobalPSC, which include: Making meaningful comparisons between ... Read More

Stewardship 2014

    Stewardship 2014, hosted by the Product Stewardship Society, is bringing together prominent product stewardship professionals to present and discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments. Designed from the ground up by top level leaders in product stewardship, Stewardship 2014 focuses on the core competencies that every product stewardship professional needs to know. Stewardship 2014 will focus on: emerging chemical regulatory issues emerging articles regulations emerging product stewardship issues product stewardship risk assessments emerging extended producer responsibility requirements product stewardship management systems value chain/supply Learn more and register here.

GlobalPSC Priority Product Stewardship Workshop Presentations Available

On 18 November 2013 in Port Melbourne, Australia, the GlobalPSC brought global leaders on product-specific producer responsibility collection and reprocessing initiatives together to help identify and learn from international best practice to assist Australia’s efforts to develop national product stewardship approaches for batteries, paint and other materials. Featured international speakers included: • Carl Smith, CEO and President, Call2Recycle (North America) • Alison Keane, Vice President Government Affairs, American Coatings Association, on behalf of PaintCare • Mark Kurschner, President, Product Care Association (North America) • Corinne Faure-Rochu, Director Business Development, Recupyl (France) An interactive panel session included these speakers and other product-specific experts on batteries and ... Read More

Australian Chemical Notification Requirements and Broader Product Stewardship

On 29 October 2013, GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin presented as part of a professional development course on Product Registration Requirements in Asia Pacific during the Asia Pacific OH Conference 2013 in Singapore. The conference was led by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and recently-formed Product Stewardship Society (PSS). The presentation details Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), which provides an integrated national approach for identifying and assessing industrial chemical entities (not products). Specific topics on NICNAS and product stewardship include: development, context and current structure of NICNAS, including registration and assessment requirements; overview of the Australian Inventory of Chemical ... Read More

Evolving Nature of Product Stewardship

By Russ Martin, GlobalPSC CEO Our current travels are reinforcing the evolving nature of product stewardship. After recently highlighting the evolution of established programs in Canada, we are now seeing evolution of New Zealand’s e-scrap program and the need to better understand how the chemical industry and related players are viewing product stewardship globally. Product Stewardship from a Risk and Hazard Perspective I am currently in Singapore for the Asia Pacific OH Conference led by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and recently-formed Product Stewardship Society (PSS). As part of a professional development course, I presented on Australia’s chemical assessment and notification requirements in ... Read More

Events Update

Events Update The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or attending the following events: WasteMINZ Conference, 21-24 October in Rotorua, New Zealand 2013 Asia Pacific OH Conference + Exhibition, 29 – 31 October in Singapore Electronics Recycling Asia, 12–15 November in Singapore GlobalPSC Priority Product Stewardship Workshop, 18 November in Port Melbourne, Australia Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, 19-20 November in Melbourne, Australia Packaging Waste & Sustainability Forum, 4-5 March 2014 in Brussels, Belgium At each of these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC Priority Product Stewardship Workshop

18 November, 2013 DHL, 18-22 Salmon St, Port Melbourne, Australia Australia has released a priority list of products potentially covered under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. The designated products include: • Waste paint • End-of-life handheld batteries • Packaging • End-of-life air conditioners with small gas charges • End-of-life refrigerators with small gas charges The Act provides a framework for establishing voluntary, co-regulatory and regulatory approaches for product stewardship. Australia’s Environment Ministers have also developed plans for paint and battery product stewardship. The GlobalPSC is helping the Commonwealth and state governments facilitate the efforts for batteries and paint. The GlobalPSC is bringing global leaders on product-specific producer responsibility collection ... Read More

Batteryback Launches Across 34 Melbourne Retail Locations

The Global Product Stewardship Council recently joined Sustainability Victoria (SV), the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), MobileMuster, recyclers including TES-AMM and various retailers in launching Batteryback across 34 retail locations in Melbourne, Australia. Batteryback is a free household battery collection and recycling service available at select Bunnings, Coles, HEARLINK, Michael’s Cameras, Queen’s Parade Hardware and Officeworks stores. Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan (pictured, 2nd from right) said Batteryback aims to reduce the number of batteries going to landfill and recover more reusable material within the batteries, noting “Every year 350 million batteries are imported into Australia. 260 million of these batteries will ... Read More
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