Member Profiles

Emphasis on Product Stewardship in New Zealand

Product stewardship is clearly a hot topic of discussion in New Zealand, as reflected in the latest issue of revolve, published by WasteMINZ.

In the issue, WasteMINZ CEO Paul Evans weighs in on likely impacts of the Environment Minister’s recent release of a discussion document on priority waste streams for product stewardship intervention, and further detail is given on the potential designation of priority products.

John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv,  also reflects upon the need for life cycle benefits to drive ‘product stewardship 2.0′.

Check out revolve for further information.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA)

 

Created in 2011 by Canada’s electronics industry, the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit environmental compliance program dedicated to upholding high standards for the recycling of end-of-life electronics and providing secure, convenient recycling options throughout participating regions. EPRA currently operates provincially-approved and regulatory compliant electronics stewardship programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

EPRA enables businesses and consumers to responsibly manage their end-of-life electronics, and assists obligated stewards in achieving regulatory compliance. EPRA programs are funded by an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) on the sale of new obligated products to cover 100% of the costs of responsible recycling. Currently there are over 6,400 program stewards registered in EPRA programs across the country with over 1,450 permanent collection sites available to the public, and over 65 qualified recyclers responsibly processing EPRA e-waste. EPRA programs have safely processed close to 450,000 metric tonnes of end-of-life electronics since their programs began.

EPRA is committed to ensuring responsible recycling of end-of-life electronics collected by the EPRA programs through adherence to the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP), an open standard and comprehensive process that ensures products and resulting materials are handled in an environmentally sound and socially acceptable manner that protects the environment and safeguards worker health and safety. EPRA’s Director of Harmonisation, Jay Illingworth, serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

Click below to watch the EPRA video on “What happens to end-of-life electronics.”

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GlobalPSC Member – CleanFARMS Inc.

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CleanFARMS Inc. is Canada’s leading agricultural industry stewardship organisation, best known for its empty pesticide and fertilizer container recycling program and obsolete pesticide collection campaign. CleanFARMS is currently expanding its stewardship programming to include other types of agricultural waste such as seed and pesticide bags, obsolete equine & livestock medications and other ag-waste plastics and packaging generated on the farm. CleanFARMS’ long term goal is to develop new programs for reclaiming and recycling a wider variety of ag-waste packaging.

CleanFARMS is proud to have the support of the Canadian crop protection and fertilizer industries who make up the majority of its members. Its member companies are seen as world leaders who incorporate extended producer responsibility into their core business planning and who make significant contributions to sustainable agriculture. Other partners include volunteer collection sites, grower groups, the animal health industry, the Canadian product stewardship community and, most importantly, Canadian farmers who are its front line stewards.

2013 was a significant year for the organization when the empty pesticide and fertiliser container program, which has been operating since 1989, collected its 100th million container. This program boasts a return rate of 60 – 65% and is regarded as one of Canada’s highest performing voluntary stewardship programs.

Starting in 2016, Eastern Canadian farmers will have access to a seed and pesticide bag collection program that will help keep these bags out of municipal landfills.

Learn more here.

 

Packaging Product Stewardship One Focus of Clean Enviro Summit Singapore

In early June, the GlobalPSC and several of our members spoke on packaging product stewardship and recycling during the Clean Enviro Summit Singapore (CESS) at the request of Singapore’s National Environment Agency and event organisers. Collectively, the CESS, the World Cities Summit and the Singapore International Water Week attracted more than 20,000 participants from 118 countries.

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(Pictured L-R: Russ Martin of the GlobalPSC, Derek Stephenson of the Reclay Group, Joachim Quoden of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance, David Kiu of Unilever, Garth Hickle of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and GlobalPSC Executive Committee, and Dr Mervyn Jones of WRAP)

Product stewardship programs examined included those in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region. Opportunities for increasing packaging recycling rates, incorporating informal collections in developing countries and the roles of packaging in reducing food wastage and meeting consumer needs featured prominently in the discussions. Details will be made available in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

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StewardChoice Releases Draft Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

 

 

 

StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. (a subsidiary of GlobalPSC Corporate Member Reclay StewardEdge) has released its draft stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia.

The competitive draft stewardship plan will offer producers an opportunity to fulfill their legal obligations, under the BC Recycling Regulation, to recover at least 75% of their packaging and printed paper in the marketplace.

“We intend to provide producer-funded collection and recycling to those residents who are currently not being serviced; particularly to those living in multifamily dwellings,” says Neil Hastie, Development Director  for StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. and GlobalPSC President. “Today, more than 20% of these BC households do not receive a producer-funded recycling service.”

The draft plan will undergo public consultations in the coming months, then be submitted for approval to the BC Ministry of Environment. New recycling services will commence, initially in multi-family residential buildings, once approved.

Queensland Becomes First GlobalPSC Sustaining Government Member

We are very pleased to announce that the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has upgraded its GlobalPSC membership to become our first Sustaining Government member.

The Department 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.

GlobalPSC Member – Packaging SA

The Packaging Council of South Africa (PACSA) was founded in 1984 and has been replaced by a new industry body called Packaging SA.

Packaging SA is closely associated with The Institute of Packaging South Africa (IPSA), the latter being mainly involved in the training and up-skilling of packaging professionals.

Packaging SA is a voluntary body largely made up of converters representing some 70% of the local packaging manufacturing industry. Packaging SA has a number of functions including representing industry on a variety of issues that affect it on a macro level such as governmental & environmental legislation.

 

GlobalPSC Member – PET Recycling Company (PETCO)

PETCO_Logo_smallPETCO is the trading name of the PET Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd and represents the South African plastic industry’s proven joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling.

PETCO is financed by a voluntary recycling levy paid by converters on PET resin purchased. PETCO also receives grants from brand owners and resin producers.

Support for PET recycling efforts ensures an on-going monetary value for post-consumer PET. This sustains collection interest and reduces the volume of post-consumer PET in the waste stream.

On-going consumer and public education and awareness activities promote environmental responsibility and encourage PET recycling. By taking responsibility for post-consumer PET recycling, PETCO imposes accountability over the entire life cycle of PET products and packaging. This means that companies that manufacture, import and/or sell PET products and packaging are financially and physically responsible for such products after their useful life. In the case of post-consumer PET, this responsibility has been delegated to a third party, namely PETCO, who fulfils the PET industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR promotes the integration of environmental costs associated with PET products throughout their life cycle into the market costs of the products and shifts responsibility for the used container from government to private industry.

PETCO’s MISSION

PETCO aims to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer PET on the South African landscape by:

• Achieving sustainable growth in PET plastic recycling;

• Supporting existing and encouraging new PET collection and recycling networks; and

• Promoting consumer education and awareness programmes.

PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

For a nice look at some of the people helping to increase PET recycling in South Africa and the approaches they use, see the video below.

 

PVC Product Stewardship Program 2013 Results

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The Vinyl Council of Australia has launched the latest annual report for the Australian PVC industry members’ progress in meeting their voluntary Product Stewardship Program commitments across the PVC value chain in 2013.

The 2013 report highlights a significant increase in compliance with the Product Stewardship Program’s manufacturing commitments.

“These commitments relate to the very start of the supply chain, activity which largely takes place overseas”, explained Ms Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia. “Collecting the relevant information from upstream suppliers can be a real challenge for Australian-based companies at the end of the supply chain”.

One of the Program’s measures of success is for 80 percent of Signatories to achieve compliance with at least 80 percent of relevant commitments in the Program. 2013 has seen significant progress against this milestone, with a 19 percent jump from 2012 in the number of Signatories reaching or exceeding the target. Almost two-thirds of the Program’s Signatories met or surpassed the 80 percent target, with eight Signatories achieving full compliance.

To recognise their efforts, the past year has also seen the introduction of an award for Product Stewardship Program Excellence given to those Signatories that achieve full compliance against the Program’s commitments.

2013 saw the official launch of the PVC Recovery in Hospitals program, an initiative aimed at diverting high quality, recyclable PVC medical product waste towards recycling solutions. The Program is proving to be of much interest in the sector, with 19 healthcare facilities signed on and an estimated 13 tonnes – or 91 cubic metres – of waste diverted during its first year of implementation.

“Interest is growing within the healthcare industry in Australia, and the Program has attracted interest from a number of countries around the globe”, commented Ms MacMillan. “We are very proud to have started this initiative and to be inspiring others to develop similar programs.”

One recommendation of a recent five-year review was to strengthen commitments around waste reduction and management. As a result, new recycling measures and targets for the PVC sector will become part of the Product Stewardship Program in 2014.

SERI Announces R2 Leader Program

SERI image003Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has announced the R2 Leader program, which is designed to support efforts by companies and organizations to advance the responsible reuse and recycling of used electronics.

A coalition of 10 partners including DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox provides the foundation for the R2 Leader program.

“Since the creation of the R2 Standard for responsible electronics recycling in 2008, we have consistently heard from companies and organizations that wanted to support reuse and recycling efforts,” said John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI. “Our partners in launching this program have taken on truly commendable leadership roles in managing used electronics. Working in tandem with these leaders who share our vision will significantly accelerate progress in developing responsible e-waste reuse and recycling policies, programs and facilities.”

The R2 Leader program includes a commitment from participating companies and organizations to support R2 certified electronics refurbishment and recycling, as well as consider R2 certification when choosing a recycling partner. R2 Leaders also take a leadership role in projects to advance responsible reuse and/or recycling around the world, such as funding pilot projects for responsible recycling in developing countries, or creating new programs for electronics collection, refurbishment or recycling.

 

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