Member Profiles

2013 WME Leaders List Recognises John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv

John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Global Product Stewardship Council Corporate Member Infoactiv, has been named as a ‘Resources and Waste Leader’ in the 2013 WME Leaders List. This acknowledgement resulted from over 100 nominations and more than 1500 public votes. The GlobalPSC is pleased to have supported John’s nomination and see this recognition as further proof of the emergence of product stewardship.

The WME Leaders List is an annual event focused on recognising individuals and their leadership qualities. It is judged by industry experts and the WME readership, and highlights outstanding individual achievements that advance sustainability.

There is movement across the Asia Pacific region for increased e-waste recycling of unwanted electrical and electronic products, including televisions, computers, printers, appliances and batteries. In Australia, the scale of the problem is significant with an estimated 106,000 tonnes of televisions and computers (16.8 million units) reaching end-of-life in recent years, and the numbers are growing. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is leading the way with various industry organisations rolling out collection and recycling services across urban and regional areas.

John was involved from the outset in 2000 with early calls to establish a national approach to industry-funded e-waste recycling. Underpinned by relentless advocacy, his collaborative approach with government, industry and NGOs played a critical role in realising the Commonwealth Product Stewardship Act 2011.

As part of a specialist team at Infoactiv, John’s work on e-waste recycling is now expanding into new sectors, and is aimed at helping organisations minimise business risk and environmental harm from a hybrid of products and related waste such as laptops, appliances, batteries, commercial furniture and polystyrene.

Infoactiv’s Managing Director, Helen Jarman noted that:

“John’s knowledge, history and action on product sustainability is comprehensive, and spans over a decade of consulting to brands, OEMs, industry associations and governments in Australia and New Zealand. John’s WME accolade further accentuates the quality of commitment and expertise fostered at Infoactiv in pursuit of exceeding customer expectations.”

John’s commitment to ensuring long term solutions to e-waste recycling began in 1996 with Australia’s first comprehensive report on e-waste titled ‘Short Circuiting Waste from Electrical and Electronic Products’, published by RMIT University. He also advised the consumer electronics industry on the development of TV recycling in Australia.

John’s work on environmental stewardship has been further highlighted through his appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, where his experience is directly relevant to recommending new products and wastes that could be addressed under the Product Stewardship Act.

In response to the Leaders List accolade, John said that:

“Being a WME Resources and Waste Leader is a wonderful honour and I feel truly humbled. More importantly it keeps product stewardship and e-waste recycling on the agenda. It also demonstrates that our customers and their investment in product recovery results in broader social, economic and environmental benefit.”

Global Product Stewardship Council CEO Russ Martin, nominated by peers to the Leaders List in the same category and also serving on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group, supported John’s win, saying,

“I have had the good fortune to work closely with John over the years, and was honoured to be nominated in the same category. John has long been a leader in product stewardship and is truly deserving of this broader recognition. We benefit from having strong GlobalPSC members such as John and Infoactiv, and we look forward to their ongoing contributions in our field.”   

DHL Supply Chain on Track for Electronics Recycling Targets

 

 

 

 

DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, today announced that it will meet the recycling target of 18,500 tonnes of e-waste set by the Federal Government under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and is on track to meet the “reasonable access” requirements of the Scheme. DHL Supply Chain’s Drop Zone service is free to residents and small businesses and helps support a number of social enterprises through employment opportunities across Australia.

“DHL Supply Chain is delighted to be leading the way in e-waste recycling in Australia. We’re proud to provide many Australians an alternative to landfill disposal and plan to make the service even more accessible to a greater number of people across Australia over the coming months with even more sites to go live,” said Peter Bruce, Senior Director, EnviroSolutions, DHL Supply Chain.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP said, “Congratulations to DHL on a successful first year of operations under the National Television and Computer Scheme. I wish DHL every success as the scheme continues to roll out across the country, providing Australian households and small businesses with access to free recycling drop-off points for their unwanted televisions and computers. DHL was the first organisation approved by the government to deliver services as part of this groundbreaking recycling initiative and it has certainly achieved a lot in one year.”

DHL Supply Chain now operates over 360 Drop Zones across Australia with many located at major retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks making it easier for people to dispose their e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner. For exact locations of e-waste recycling Drop Zones, as well as their accepted products and opening hours, please visit the Drop Zone site.

A media release announcing DHL’s progress and providing additional information is available here.

GlobalPSC Member – Recycling Reinvented

Recycling Reinvented (RR) is a 501 (c)(3) organization formed in January 2012, committed to increasing recycling rates of waste packaging and printed material in the United States through a business-driven EPR model (a mandated form of product stewardship).
RR focuses on direct education and information presentations to key stakeholders on specific legislation they have developed, with outreach to food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, business associations, regulators from all levels of government and environmental organizations.  Their model legislation requires that brand owners of packaging and printed materials cover the cost of recycling their product waste, substantially increasing recycling rates, reducing government spending, and using private sector efficiencies to reduce the overall cost of recycling. Recycling Reinvented’s ultimate goal is to progress a new recycling paradigm in the United States, highly accessible to all citizens and financed by industry through consumer purchases, not by the taxpayer.
RR’s staff and board members are working to build the capacity of national and local companies, governments and NGOs to advocate for EPR. With a highly engaged board of directors, they will apply their extensive experience developing, implementing and adapting this model to bring environmental and business benefits to the U.S. From 2007 to 2010, RR’s Executive Director Paul Gardner served as a state representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives, authoring successful legislation to protect and conserve drinking water, reduce solid & hazardous waste, and increase recycling. From 1997 to 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota in St. Paul, carrying out successful and cost-effective statewide media campaigns to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of recycling. RR’s Deputy Director Melissa Walsh Innes is a recently retired state representative from the Maine House of Representatives who sponsored successful legislation in recycling and product stewardship, including the first-in-the-nation Product Stewardship Framework Law of 2010. Their board of directors includes Kim Jeffery, Chairman of Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA); noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Bill Shireman, CEO of The Future 500; Conrad MacKerron of the shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow as well as ReCommunity Founder James Bohlig.

GlobalPSC Member – California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

We are pleased to have the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as the latest Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

CalRecycle brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship.

Through the landmark initiatives of the 1980’s such as the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California has gone from single-digit recycling rates, sparse infrastructure, and few end markets for recyclables to a diversion rate equivalent of 65%, and a beverage container recycling rate of 82%. This was accomplished with the hard work and dedication of all of CalRecycle’s partners in this endeavor including local jurisdictions, the waste and recycling industry, and the public who embraced the new programs.

Now, California’s Legislature and Governor Brown, through enactment of AB 341, (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011) have directed CalRecycle to propose a plan for the next step in the evolution of California’s solid waste stream management. The law establishes a goal for California that not less than 75% of the solid waste generated be source-reduced, recycled or composted by 2020. It also requires CalRecycle to provide a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2014 detailing strategies to achieve that policy goal.

CalRecycle’s vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.

 

MobileMuster’s Annual Report & 15 Years of Mobile Recycling in Australia Infographic

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to be presenting to you the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) MobileMuster Annual Report for 2011-12.

This year MobileMuster is also celebrating 15 years since its inception. Since late 1998 the mobile phone industry has collected and recycled more than 1,000 tonnes of old mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories – keeping them out of landfill.

This infographic provides a snapshot of the industry’s recycling achievements over the last 15 years.

Recycling materials properly is a high priority. MobileMuster’s recovery rate of 93% now complies with the new Australia and New Zealand Standard for the collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (AS/NZS 5377:2013) and has been independently assured by PwC.

As a result, in 2011-12 the materials recovered replaced the need to mine at least 1,165 tonnes of precious metal ores for gold, silver and copper as well as iron ore, aluminium and other metals.

None of the mobiles or accessories received by MobileMuster are sold overseas for reuse where potentially they could end up in landfills or processed in unethical and unsafe ways causing environmental harm and risk to human health.  All data is destroyed during the recycling process.

The mobile phone industry works with retailers, local governments, schools, workplaces and the Australian community to ensure everyone can recycle their old mobile safely and easily. Click here to learn more about The MobileMuster Promise.

To learn more about the program or how you can be involved MobileMuster visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or call 1300 730 070.

MobileMuster is a Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Recycling Manager Rose Read is Treasurer of the GlobalPSC.

Join a Global Network of Those in the Know

The Global Product Stewardship Council has grown to over 40 members with headquarters or facilities in eleven countries.

Expand your knowledge base. Get inside information on product stewardship and producer responsibility programs and policies to improve performance, reduce risks and reduce costs. Click here to find out more.

The GlobalPSC is an independent, non-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship. GlobalPSC members include businesses of all sizes, NGOs and governments at federal, state/provincial and local levels.

As a membership-based organisation providing an online clearinghouse of independent, objective information on product stewardship, the GlobalPSC does not advocate for or against particular approaches. Rather, we help stakeholders to understand the objectives, strengths and weaknesses of various programs based on independent, peer-reviewed analysis and sharing information on emerging initiatives through an international network of product stewardship practitioners.

 

Australia’s First Trade Waste Paint Trial Underway

 

 

 

 

 

PaintCare, Australia’s first trade waste paint trial commenced on 1 March 2013 and has already collected over 15 tonnes of waste paint. An initiative of the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation (APMF), PaintCare is collecting waste paint from trade painters to assess a waste stream that is currently undefined in Australia. The trial, based in the state of Victoria, will run until 31 May 2013 and is funded by the APMF in partnership with Sustainability Victoria (SV), DuluxGroup, Valspar, PPG and Haymes Paints. A key program objective is to gather data to evaluate volumes, economies and associated behaviours to inform the development of a national product stewardship program for the safe disposal of waste architectural and decorative (A&D) paint.

Six Victorian transfer stations located in Geelong, Bendigo, Melton, Monash, Shepparton and Mornington are supporting the PaintCare trial. Results to date are shown below for the four programs with data currently available.

The Global Product Stewardship Council is currently working with the APMF and other stakeholders to help SV develop the business case and public policy case for A&D paint stewardship in Australia. Both APMF and SV are GlobalPSC members.

Further details on the PaintCare trial are available here.

Product Stewardship Goes Mainstream Through Effective Leadership

 

 

 

As further proof that product stewardship and producer responsibility are making serious inroads into traditional waste management, recycling and resource issues, two product stewardship experts in Australia have made the cut for the top five nominees in the Resources & Waste category of the 2013 WME magazine Leaders List Awards. GlobalPSC President Russ Martin and Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv John Gertsakis have worked for decades to advance product stewardship, so it’s great to see such recognition for their hard work.

Both Russ and John see the commercial and environmental value of effective product stewardship working across diverse product categories and industry sectors, from batteries and e-waste through to paint, commercial furniture and various other manufactured goods. Most importantly, they recognise that life cycle thinking and design innovation are essential elements in achieving a more coherent and sustainable approach to product stewardship.

Help promote product stewardship by going to the WME home page and click on the top left banner to vote for either Russ or John in the Resources & Waste category.

European Commission proposes mandatory CSR disclosure for large companies

by David Perchard, GlobalPSC Vice-President and Managing Director of Perchards Ltd

On 16 April the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive that will amend the Accounting Directives by requiring companies with more than 500 employees and either a balance sheet total of over EUR 20 million or a net turnover of over EUR 40 million, to include in their annual reports a non-financial statement containing information relating to environmental, social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery matters.

This would have to include a description of company policy in these areas, the results of these policies, the risks related to them and how the company manages those risks. Where a company does not pursue policies in relation to one or more of these matters, it would have to provide an explanation for not doing so.

See here for further information.

Encorp Pacific Requests Feedback on Beverage Container Stewardship Plan

 Encorp Pacific (Canada) was originally formed in 1994 and appointed by beverage brand owners as the not-for-profit product stewardship corporation responsible for all beverage containers and all alcohol beverage containers (except for aluminum beer cans and refillable beer bottles).

Since its inception, Encorp has fulfilled the requirements of the British Columbia Recycling Regulation. This regulation calls for the submission of a revised plan every five years.

Stakeholders are invited to review the plan online or download the PDF and submit feedback anytime until July 2, 2013. The plan will also be available for review at the following public meetings:

April 18, 2013  1:00pm – 3:00pm  Bear Mountain Resort (1999 Country Club Way, Victoria)

April 23  1:00pm – 3:00pm  Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna)

May 10   1:00pm – 3:00pm  BCIT Downtown Campus, (555 Seymour Street, Room 282/284)

May 24   1:00pm – 3:00pm  The Westin Resort & Spa (4090 Whistler Way, Whistler)

June 4    1:00pm – 3:00pm  Sandman Signature Hotel (2990 Recplace Dr Prince George)

June 12  1:00pm – 3:00pm  Prestige, Rocky Mountain Resort (209 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook)

To register online for any one of the above-noted sessions, click here.

Encorp Pacific is a long-standing Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Encorp’s President & CEO Neil Hastie serves on the GlobalPSC Executive Committee.

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