Member Profiles

Child Car Safety Seat Recycling Trial

 

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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

 

 

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

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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.

 

Consultation on Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011

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Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy is reviewing the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and is releasing a consultation paper (click here for an advance copy) to help inform the review.

In addition to releasing the consultation paper, the Department is supporting the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum 4-5 April in Sydney. As part of delivering the Forum, the GlobalPSC is reflecting the Forum’s sessions and exclusive, invitation-only Chatham House discussions in an Issues and Options Paper that will help inform the Department’s review. Register now to be part of the debate and to help inform your own input into the future of product stewardship in Australia and changes to Australia’s product stewardship framework.

The Department will hold public consultation forums in all state and territory capitals during May and June 2018, and the call for written submissions will close on 29 June. Information on the dates and venues for these forums will be published on the Department’s website as they become available.

The Department commissioned an independent evaluation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in 2017. The evaluation report will be available on the Department’s website this week.

The Department is also making minor amendments to the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011, to update settings relating to the estimation of weights of products imported and entering the waste stream each year.

Download the Consultation Paper here.

Register here for the International Stewardship Forum.

 

 

 

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Agsafe

 

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Agsafe is an industry-led non-profit organisation committed to agricultural product stewardship.

Agsafe’s training, accreditation and waste management programs support safe handling, storage, transportation and disposal of farm chemicals, to ensure the safety of products at each stage of the chemical lifecycle.

By collecting empty farm chemical containers for recycling, drumMUSTER has diverted more than 31 million drums from landfill since 1999.  The drums are used to manufacture construction materials, garden and landscaping products, pipes and fencing.

ChemClear aids land owners in ethical disposal of agricultural and veterinary chemicals by collecting unwanted and obsolete products for environmentally sound disposal, keeping land and waterways clear of waste.

 

Product Stewardship in Action

 

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During Helen Lewis‘s 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 features the GlobalPSC and some of our members. Helen will help incorporate lessons from the book in our International Stewardship Forum this 4-5 April in Sydney.

We have previously made Product Stewardship in Action available to GlobalPSC members at a discounted rate. Registrants for the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum will also be provided details to access a 20% discount on this relevant and insightful book.

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Government Member – Queensland Department of Environment and Science

The Department of Environment and Science administers the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, which provides a framework for waste management and resource recovery in Queensland, Australia. Among other things, the Act provides for the development of product stewardship schemes for products of priority for Queensland. The Department also supports national product stewardship initiatives and provides the Secretariat support for the current program of work on the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme. More information on Queensland’s waste management and resource recovery agenda and legislation can be found here.

In June 2014, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (now Environment and Science) upgraded its GlobalPSC membership to become a Sustaining Government member.

The Department’s Director-Waste Policy and Legislation, Kylie Hughes, serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group and Executive Committee.

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Lorax Compliance

 

 

Lorax Compliance Limited specialise in helping companies report to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship schemes across the world. They offer both reporting software and consultancy services which are designed to simplify the complex global reporting and management requirements.

Their award-winning cloud reporting software covers the traditional EU EPR schemes such as packaging, electronic products, tyres and batteries, as well as newer global regulations such as bottle deposits, textiles, hazardous waste (e.g. oils, pesticides, fertilizer, chemical substance volumes), large non-electronic consumer goods (e.g. mattresses, carpets, plastic products) and medical and health products. Alongside the scheme reporting modules, Lorax Compliance’s software offers data analytics giving companies complete transparency into their worldwide EPR and Stewardship costs. The team at Lorax Compliance have a passion for getting to the details behind EPR and Stewardship reporting. Through the software, the data behind the frequent submissions can be leveraged by clients to give valuable overviews of their products, markets and schemes. They can also create their own company KPIs such as Product to Packaging ratios or material reduction targets.

Reporting to EPR schemes varies dramatically across the world. Providing a software solution and centralizing knowledge to manage the different schemes, timetables, categories and fees can alleviate the pressure companies find themselves under to have specialist resources in each market. In addition, Lorax Compliance support software and non-software customers through regulatory support and legislation analysis and advice. This ranges from offering free legislation update webinars, publishing frequent blogs or engaging in bespoke consultancy projects where clients may have questions around their reporting obligations.

Contact Lorax Compliance here and sign up for regular EPR and Stewardship updates via their website.

 

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.

 

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