Member Profiles

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Paintback

 

 

Paintback® is taking unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. As a voluntary product stewardship scheme that has operated in all States and Territories of Australia from day one, it is a world-first initiative designed to keep unwanted paint out of landfill and away from vital waterways.

Most importantly, Paintback is driven by the Australian paint industry – by the major companies that supply around 95% of all the architectural and decorative (A&D) paint sold in Australia. DuluxGroup, Haymes Paint, PPG, Resene and Valspar are the founding members.

These companies have collaborated with Commonwealth, State and Local governments to provide a nationally consistent collection service for households and commercial painters.  Paintback repurposes valuable materials into recycled packaging, alternative energy and industrial processes, and is funding research to find better uses for unwanted paint.

Established in 2016, Paintback has been recognised by the Australian Business Awards, Sustainability Category for 2017.

For more information, go to www.paintback.com.au.

 

New GlobalPSC Board Member – Tom Ogonek

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Ogonek, Chief Operating Officer of our newest Sustaining Corporate member Close the Loop, to the GlobalPSC Executive Committee.

We expect Tom’s industry experience and insight from diverse products and geographic regions to complement those of other recent additions to the GlobalPSC Board:

We have enjoyed long working relationships with these people as GlobalPSC members and look forward to their continued involvement in the GlobalPSC’s development as Board members.

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Close the Loop

 

 

Close the Loop (CtL) is an Australian-owned resource recovery and sustainability solutions provider. The company first applied its expertise to the printing and imaging sector where it helped major companies become sustainability pace-setters within the industry. Today, Close the Loop translates that success and experience across all industries, in all regions of the world, raising the bar by showing what is possible when companies commit to sustainable product end-of-life strategies that are supported by innovation and a zero waste to landfill guarantee.

Close the Loop strives to be the premier sustainability solutions provider while providing a safe and productive work environment for its employees. Established in Australia in 2001, the company now employees more than 200 people with operations in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – PREP Design

 

In 2014, the world’s first online packaging recyclability design guide was launched in Australia by GreenChip and Planet Ark.  In 2016, the tool was augmented to also reflect the New Zealand recycling industry. During 2017 work has commenced to adapt the tool to reflect the end of life fate of packaging disposed in the United Kingdom.

The Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal, or PREP, is used by brand owners and packaging designers to design more recyclable packaging and provide evidence to support accurate on-pack recyclability claims. Uniquely, the PREP advises the user why an item is not recyclable such as: it is too small to be captured by the Materials Recovery Facility; or the plastics are not compatible.

In Australia, the PREP underpins the Australasian Recycling Label launched by Planet Ark in 2015 and the plan is for the UK version of the tool to underpin the on-pack recycling label in the UK, launched by WRAP and OPRL UK in 2009.

In 2017, PREP Design Pty Ltd was founded by GreenChip, Planet Ark Environmental Foundation and Innovyz Waste & Recycling Technologies with a mission to expand the coverage of the PREP to other nations to provide a global, standardised assessment framework for consumer packaging.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Steward Wise

 

Steward Wise is a Canadian environmental consulting firm specialising in zero waste policy implementation, stewardship reporting and ISO14001 for business. Steward Wise aims to develop easy-to-understand compliance programs for companies that will survive the long-run and employee turnover. Procedural development and cross-functional staff training are key elements of this solution. Follow Steward Wise on Twitter @OneWiseSteward and subscribe to their newsletter here.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

 

 

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd (APCO) is a co-regulatory approach to administering the Australian Packaging Covenant (the Covenant) – a document that sets out how governments and businesses share the responsibility for managing the environmental impacts of packaging in Australia

Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:

  • Use resources wisely;
  • Send less packaging to landfill; and
  • Demonstrate industry leadership.

Being an APCO member is the most important indicator of commitment an Australian business can make in supporting positive environmental outcomes through sustainable packaging.

With over 900 members, APCO aims to ensure that companies work collectively with industry and government to achieve the common goals of establishing improved packaging recycling rates, more considered packaging design, sustainable material alternatives and minimising waste to landfill.

 

California Packaging Product Stewardship Reform

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Roughly 25 percent of California’s disposed waste stream is comprised of packaging materials. While the benefits of packaging are noted, improper management can result in greenhouse gas emissions, waterway and marine debris, and human health impacts.

According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle),

“(i)n order to help meet the state’s aggressive 75 percent recycling, composting, and source reduction goal by 2020, and particularly in light of significant recent developments such as the drop in California’s recycling rate and potential implications of China’s expanding regulations to ban certain scrap imports, it is critical now more than ever to address this portion of the waste stream. This will require a higher level of awareness and involvement by all parties involved in the sale and use of packaging: manufacturers, distributors, retailers, local governments, waste haulers, and consumers. After an extensive stakeholder outreach process dating back to 2012, the Director of (CalRecycle) instructed staff at the September 2016 monthly public meeting to develop a comprehensive, mandatory policy model for managing packaging to significantly reduce its presence in the waste stream.”

CalRecycle is seeking additional input on the proposed reforms for packaging.

In draft screening criteria for determining priority packaging types released in July 2017, CalRecycle noted that,

“(g)iven that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy solution for all packaging, the Department is choosing to evaluate which mandatory policy models (e.g., Extended Producer Responsibility, etc.) and instruments (e.g., minimum content, etc.) might be best suited to increasing collection and recovery of specific packaging types. In order to do this, staff are developing a set of screening criteria to determine which packaging types could be prioritized for analysis relative to different mandatory policy approaches.” 

To further advance public consultation on the issue, including an October 2017 workshop, CalRecycle has released a background document to

“solicit stakeholder input on a comprehensive policy framework as a policy model, what the framework should entail, critical steps for how it could work, and how specific policy tools could be implemented within that framework. In addition, staff are seeking feedback on how the framework could be enforced, how CalRecycle could measure progress and success, and how the framework could respond to changes in the marketplace.”‘

The background document contains final screening criteria for packaging based on the draft criteria and public consultation. Stakeholder submissions received prior to the 10 October workshop are also available here.

 

New GlobalPSC Board Members

 

The GlobalPSC Executive Committee (Board) recently decided unanimously to include three new members as a reflection of priority areas for the Board and in recognition of these members’ contributions to the GlobalPSC across diverse geographic coverage. These changes will further the GlobalPSC vision of facilitating the development and implementation of effective product stewardship schemes globally.

The new members include:

We have enjoyed long working relationships with these three as GlobalPSC members and look forward to their continued involvement in the GlobalPSC’s development as Board members.

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

 

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Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a world leader in medical devices and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, surgery and in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Review of Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme – White Paper

Australia’s Product Stewardship Act requires a five-year review that has been announced but has yet to be initiated. Part of the announced review is an assessment of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

The GlobalPSC and several of our members joined Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) / TechCollect at Parliament House in Canberra for the launch of ANZRP’s White Paper on findings and recommendations for the Department of Environment and Energy to consider during the review.

Tim Wilson MP, Federal Member for Goldstein, joined ANZRP CEO Carmel Dollisson on behalf of the Minister for the Environment and Energy, to officially launch ANZRP’s White Paper.

The White Paper includes several recommendations for the Government to consider, including:

  • Redefining the volume of available e-waste
  • Educating the public on the benefits of product stewardship
  • Expanding the products collected
  • A greater level of shared responsibility by all stakeholders in the product lifecycle
  • Greater transparency within the Scheme itself

Dollisson adds: “The core principle of good product stewardship is that everyone involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products has a shared responsibility to ensure those products are responsibly recycled.

“That principle has been behind our development of the White Paper. We’re very hopeful that the Review will facilitate greater collaboration and ensure confidence in the e-waste recycling industry.”

 

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