In this video produced exclusively for the Global Product Stewardship Council, Steve Rust, Managing Director of Panasonic Australia, discusses the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally. Panasonic is a Corporate Member of the GlobalPSC and launched the video at the GlobalPSC’s Product Stewardship Implementation Workshop in July 2012.
Global Product Stewardship Council Corporate Member MobileMuster recently launched a new video called The MobileMuster Promise about mobile phone product stewardship and have made the video available for followers of the GlobalPSC. Enjoy!
British Columbia is a leader in developing producer responsibility programs. The BC Recycling Regulation requires producers to collect and recycle the products that they make and sell. This provides producers with a financial incentive to make and sell products that are more durable, reusable and recyclable; contain less toxic material and never become waste.
The BC Ministry of Environment oversees 18 industry-led product stewardship and EPR programs, currently more than any other North American jurisdiction. The programs and the years they were first implemented are:
Solvents and flammable liquids (1996)
Beverage containers (1997)
Lubricating oil (2003)
TVs and computers (2007)
Cell phones / mobile phones (2009)
Audio Visual (2010)
Fluorescent lamps (2010)
Car batteries (2011)
Smoke detectors (2011)
Small appliances (2011)
Expansion to Electronic and Electronic Product Category, including: large appliances; tools; automatic dispenser; medical equipment; lamps and fixtures; ITT; toys; monitoring and control equipment; audio visual and media (2012)
MobileMuster has been a Corporate Member of the GlobalPSC from our start and a strong sponsor of GlobalPSC events.
MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry’s official, not-for-profit, product stewardship program. It was established voluntarily by the mobile phone industry to minimise the impact of mobile phones and their accessories on the environment at the end of their useful life. This free recycling service aims to:
keep old mobile phones, batteries and accessories out of landfill,
recycle them to the highest environmental standards, and
maximize the percentage of materials recovered so they can be reused therefore substituting new raw materials.
No mobiles or accessories are sold for reuse.
Since the mobile telecommunications industry introduced its recycling service in 1999 through the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), MobileMuster has collected 886 tonnes of mobile waste including over 6.34 million mobile phones and batteries which have been kept out of landfill.
AgStewardship Australia became the first Sustaining Corporate member of the GlobalPSC in May 2011 and continues to be one of our most active members.
AgStewardship Australia Limited develops and implements stewardship programs for Australia’s agricultural sector. It is a not-for-profit company, which brings together a partnership of organisations representing the supply chain, from chemical manufacturers to primary producers and local government. These partners share the common goal of managing safely agricultural chemicals and their containers, from manufacture to disposal. The organisation is responsible for overseeing the successful drumMUSTER® and ChemClear® programs, which have become benchmarks for voluntary product stewardship in Australia.
ThedrumMUSTER program has recently collected more than 21 million waste containers.
CEO Karen Gomez explained why AgStewardship Australia became a Sustaining Corporate member, “The Global Product Stewardship Council is a logical extension for AgStewardship Australia. Its knowledge network is a valuable opportunity to understand the advances and issues facing product stewardship from an international perspective. It provides AgStewardship a forum to share its insights and interact with leaders in the field, while contributing to fostering product stewardship.”
Panasonic has been a leader in voluntary recycling programs around the world for more than a decade. The company is focussed on recycling electronics and developing products and packaging that are sustainable and re-usable from initial design to collection to end-of-life.
In Australia, Panasonic was a foundation member of Product Stewardship Australia (PSA) and worked with government to introduce a scheme for the collection, re-use and recycling of end-of-life TVs and refrigerant from air conditioners. Panasonic is now working with other technology and consumer electronics companies within the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) to see a national scheme implemented in 2012.
In the video below, Steve Rust, Managing Director of Panasonic Australia, discusses the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally.
We are pleased to announce the latest member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, Kelleher Environmental.
Kelleher Environmental is an environmental consulting company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada which specializes in four areas:
• environmental research and policy development,
• waste diversion policy development, planning, implementation and evaluation
• energy conservation, climate change and green energy,
• consultation workshop design and facilitation.
The company was founded by Maria Kelleher in 2002. Ms Kelleher has been involved in environmental and waste management projects in Canada and internationally since the early 1980’s, and received the 2007 Waste Management Professional of the Year award from MWIN (Municipal Waste Integration Network).
Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services, a division of The Mai-Wel Group, provides a comprehensive electronic waste recycling service of all electronic goods for Government, businesses large and small plus residential ratepayers. All items are disassembled to commodity components locally in the Hunter Region of New South Wales (Australia), by people with a disability, providing a cost-effective service for business to recycle their unwanted electronic items when they reach their end of life. Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services is able to provide a Hunter-wide, and in fact anywhere north of Sydney, solution for the National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme. Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services has three years’ experience in the provision a municipal electronic waste solution and currently provide e-waste management services for eight Hunter Councils. For more information call +61 2 4933 4588, visit www.maiwel.com.au, ‘like’ The-Mai-Wel-Group on Facebook or follow @TheMaiWelGroup on Twitter.
Content provided courtesy of Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services.
TES-AMM Australia and New Zealand are part of the TES-Envirocorp group, a specialised electronic waste management organisation with core activities in:
Electronic Asset Management and Disposal Programs
Secure Data Destruction to US Dept of Defence Standards
Value Optimization for Used Electronic Equipment and Parts and Microsoft Approved Refurbisher
Recovery of Precious Metals from Electronic Waste
Recycling of Batteries (most chemistries)
Printer Consumables Recycling
Recycling of Epoxy and other Waste Plastic
Forward and Reverse Logistics Solutions
Project or Program Management
TES-AMM’s recycling operations span nearly 30 locations globally and are certified to international standards JAS-ANZ ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and R2 (Responsible Recycler). In Australia and New Zealand, TES-AMM has also been assessed to comply with DR AS/NZ 5377 interim standards for the collection, transport and recycling of end of life televisions and computers.
Because TES-AMM offers transparency and accountability in what they do, TES-AMM has become the strategic recycling vendor for many well-known Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies and product stewardship organisations in the Asia Pacific and throughout other parts of the world. Coupled with TES-AMM’s “one stop shop” approach underpinned by compliance to local and international regulations and best practice standards, TES-AMM has a proven record of achieving environmentally beneficial outcomes, economies and service levels that meet or exceed the expectations of their clients.
The law firm of Joachim Quoden is specialized in producer responsibility legislation with a focus on the European Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Joachim possesses very detailed knowledge of the implementation of the Packaging Directive in the different European Member States as well as in other countries around the world. His advice is frequently solicited in the course of implementing and amending the respective packaging legislation in various countries. He is a member of the German lawyers association and the association of lawyers in Bonn as well as the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, US. Joachim also serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.