Member Profiles

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Plasback








We are pleased to announce the latest Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, Plasback.

Tapex are a Sydney-based plastics manufacturer and a major supplier of fodder conservation plastic to the rural sector in Australia and New Zealand.

Tapex are committed to successfully manage for a better environment, add business value through sustainable practices and to accepting producer responsibility for their products even after they leave Tapex’s premises.

In 2006, Tapex (through its subsidiary Agpac) launched a voluntary product stewardship program for silage wrap in New Zealand. The scheme now collects over 1000 tonnes a year of plastics for reprocessing.

In 2010 Tapex launched the Plasback product stewardship program in Australia and the New Zealand program was rebranded Plasback.

In April 2010 Plasback became the first government accredited rural product stewardship scheme in New Zealand.

Plasback in both countries collects and recycles a range of farm plastics, not just their own but all brands. They can achieve this through the support of government, industry and the rural community.

Tapex are a participant in the NSW government Sustainability Advantage program and the PACIA (Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association) Sustainability Leadership Framework.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Product Stewardship Institute

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle—with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. With experience in nearly 20 product categories, PSI brings together stakeholders with varying interests to develop product stewardship solutions in a collaborative manner, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, encouraging product design changes, and advocating for producer responsibility.

PSI has 47 state environmental agency members and hundreds of local government members, along with over 100 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners. Together, they achieve their product stewardship goals by designing, implementing, evaluating, strengthening, and promoting both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America.

PSI strives to achieve the following financial, social, and environmental goals with every initiative it undertakes:

  • Minimize waste management costs, particularly for taxpayers and government agencies;
  • Create recycling and waste management jobs in safe, fair trade conditions; and
  • Reduce waste, increase product reuse, and boost recycling rates while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and the use of toxic chemicals.


GlobalPSC Foundation Member Profile – Martin Stewardship & Management Strategies Pty Ltd (MS2)

Martin Stewardship & Management Strategies Pty Ltd (MS2) is a Foundation Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

MS2 advises businesses and governments on development and integration of product stewardship and sustainability approaches through robust analysis, pragmatic strategies, business case development, stakeholder engagement and communications.

Specialist expertise includes:

  • Product stewardship
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Facilitation
  • Communications
  • Sustainability strategies and reporting
  • Strategy
  • Packaging

The company was founded by Russ Martin in 2004. Russ is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with over 25 years experience in public policy development and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. Russ is Chief Executive Officer of the GlobalPSC and has led the GlobalPSC’s development across all aspects, from strategy and governance to event production and communications.

For more information visit MS2’s website, like MS2 on Facebook or follow MS2 on Twitter.


GlobalPSC Member Profile – Australian Packaging Covenant

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to work together to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.

Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:

  • Design packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable;
  • Increase the recovery and recycling of used packaging from households and away-from-home sources; and
  • Take action to reduce the incidence and impacts of litter.

The Covenant aims to ensure that all companies involved in the packaging chain play their part by delivering on these commitments.

Currently over 900 organisations (business and industry, government and non-government) are signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant.


Panasonic’s Business Case for Product Stewardship

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.

The MobileMuster Promise

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!

GlobalPSC Member Profile – BC Ministry of Environment


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:

  • Paint (1994)
  • Pesticides (1996)
  • Gasoline (1996)
  • Solvents and flammable liquids (1996)
  • Pharmaceuticals (1996)
  • Beverage containers (1997)
  • Lubricating oil (2003)
  • Tires (2007)
  • TVs and computers (2007)
  • Batteries (2009)
  • Cell phones / mobile phones (2009)
  • Audio Visual (2010)
  • Thermostats (2010)
  • Fluorescent lamps (2010)
  • Car batteries  (2011)
  • Smoke detectors (2011)
  • Antifreeze (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)
  • Packaging and printed paper (2014)

In September 2011, the Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute held a special policy breakfast session with the Ministry about BC’s new requirement that all producers of packaging and printed paper collect and recycle the products they make and sell. Event details and presentations are available here.


GlobalPSC Member Profile – MobileMuster

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.

MobileMuster was a sponsor of the GlobalPSC’s inaugural International Product Stewardship Summit and the GlobalPSC’s Product Stewardship Implementation Workshop.


GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – AgStewardship Australia






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.

The drumMUSTER 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.”

Karen participated in our International Product Stewardship Summit and as a plenary speaker at the GlobalPSC’s Product Stewardship Implementation Workshop. Karen also represented AgStewardship Australia on the GlobalPSC North American study tour and spoke at international product stewardship events.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Panasonic Australia




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.

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