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11 European Producer Responsibility Organizations Release Manifesto on EPR Principles for Packaging

Packaging producer responsibility organizations (PROs) from eleven European countries have issued a joint manifesto for achieving successful extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

The manifesto and associated media release were published on 18 January, 2013.

 

The eleven organizations represented are: CONAI (Italy), EcoEmbes (Spain), Ecopack Bulgaria, ECO-ROM Ambalaje (Romania), EKO-KOM (Czech Republic), Envipak (Slovakia), Fost Plus (Belgium), Green Dot Cyprus, Greenpak (Malta), Nedvang (the Netherlands) and Valorlux (Luxembourg).

The manifesto focuses on household packaging and includes five key principles:

  • EPR organizations should be owned by the obliged companies and run on a not for profit basis.
  • There needs to be strong governmental support and monitoring.
  • There are many advantages of having one rather than multiple organizations in each country.
  • The EPR organization needs to be set up in a way that ensures sustainable financing.
  • The EPR organization should contribute to packaging optimization and waste prevention.

A new association will be launched in spring 2013 in Brussels to carry out the EPR principles outlined in the manifesto. The participating PROs seek industry support of the EPR principles.

Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Arrangements

The Australian Government has released legislative instruments for the accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements.  The Product Stewardship (Voluntary Arrangements) Instrument 2012, which sets out the requirements and conditions for accreditation and came into effect on 27 November 2012, is available here. The Product Stewardship Regulation 2012, which sets out the fees and fee structure for accreditation and came into effect on 24 November 2012, is available here. Explanatory statements for each are available at the links provided.

Further information on the consultations undertaken is available on the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website. Guidelines to accompany the application form for accreditation are currently being drafted.

Questions may be forwarded to wastepolicy@environment.gov.au.

GlobalPSC 2012 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

 

 

 

2012 was a pretty active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2012 highlights include:

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Expanded our Knowledge Base and developed a new program database for GlobalPSC members
  • Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:
    • converted our website to WordPress to better share information
    • developed a newsletter with general articles as well as more detailed information for GlobalPSC members
    • created member profiles
    • an email distribution list of over 400 interested parties
    • discussions with over 670 members from 37 countries in a public forum on LinkedIn
    • increased presence through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and our home page

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011
  • Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
  • Started facilitating business case, public policy rationale and stakeholder engagement for paint and battery product stewardship initiatives for Sustainability Victoria
  • Facilitated and posted a video on the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally
  • Conducted a sustainable packaging breakfast series with the Sustainable Packaging Alliance

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2012 possible, especially our members, speakers and attendees at GlobalPSC events.

We’d also like to extend our best wishes over the holidays and wish you a happy and prosperous 2013.

GlobalPSC Office-holders and Other Executive Committee Positions Reappointed

Global Product Stewardship Council office-holders and other Executive Committee positions have been reappointed following today’s Annual General Meeting.

All current office-holders and Executive Committee members opted to run for re-election, as allowed under Council Rules, and were reappointed following a call for nominations from GlobalPSC members. The following office-holders were reappointed:

The GlobalPSC Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle, Neil Hastie and Ed Cordner. All positions will be in effect for one year.

Strong GlobalPSC Representation on Australia’s New Product Stewardship Advisory Group

Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, today announced the establishment of a Product Stewardship Advisory Group to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act.

The group’s Chair and nine members have been appointed to three-year terms. Three of the members are active Global Product Stewardship Council members and active contributors to the GlobalPSC’s activities. These include:

Senator Farrell’s media release announcing the Product Stewardship Advisory Group and its composition is available here.

Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) has posted its Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan and other information describing how it will collect and recycle PPP in British Columbia. MMBC submitted the PPP Stewardship Plan to the Ministry of Environment on 19 November, 2012.

MMBC previously sought feedback on a draft plan and invited interested parties to submit comments. Details are available here. The draft stewardship plan is available here and a summary of the consultation process is available here.

UPDATE: The MMBC PPP Stewardship Plan was updated in February and April 2013. The April 2013 version is available here.

Ramsey County Concerns About EPR Report

In the Global Product Stewardship Council’s September 2012 newsletter, we highlighted duelling data and reports on the value of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for consumer packaging in the U.S. and shared more detailed analysis with GlobalPSC members. One of the programs examined, Ramsey County, Minnesota, has raised concerns about their treatment as a case study in one of the reports, so we are now providing their response to GlobalPSC members.

Evaluation of Extended Producer Responsibility for Consumer Packaging (“the SAIC report”) was prepared by SAIC for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and released in September 2012.

The letter provided by Ramsey County states that they “have concerns about this report, including:

  • The consultant’s process for including Ramsey County as a case study,
  • The potential implication that Ramsey County, a strong supporter of the concept of product stewardship/extended producer responsibility (EPR), supports the conclusions in this report against EPR,
  • A key conclusion that mentions Ramsey County and is not adequately supported, and
  • Incorrect or incomplete statements.”

The complete response has been posted in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

Global Developments in Product Stewardship

On 22 October 2012, GlobalPSC President Russ Martin chaired Day 1 of the Zero Waste Summit in Melbourne, Australia, and presented on global developments in product stewardship. Russ’s presentation is now available to GlobalPSC members through the Knowledge Base.

AgStewardship Australia’s drumMUSTER Program Collects Its 20 Millionth Drum

 

 

 

 

 

AgStewardship Australia’s drumMUSTER program has recently collected its 20 millionth drum. Background on this milestone is available here. More detailed information on drumMUSTER and the 20 millionth drum is available here.

AgStewardship Australia is a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. We greatly appreciate their involvement and congratulate them on their ongoing activities.

British Columbia, Canada Brings in First Complete Waste Electrical & Electronics Extended Producer Responsibility Program in North America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it comes with a battery or a plug British Columbia now recycles it. As of July 1, 2012, BC has expanded its extended producer responsibility (EPR) recycling programs to collect and safely deal with the largest variety of waste electrical & electronic equipment (WEEE) of any other jurisdiction in North America. For the first time in North America, all end-of-life electronic and electrical products can now be recycled.

As the demands of recycling have increased, so have the number of industry-led stewardship agencies in response to the BC Recycling Regulation. The Recycling Regulation shifts taxpayer funded responsibility for managing end-of-life products and packaging to producers and consumers.

In 2009, the Electronics and Electrical Category defined under the BC Recycling Regulation was amended to phase in an expanded list of products to fall under EPR programs, culminating in the July 1, 2012 compliance date.

In the case of WEEE, several collection channels were cooperatively developed. The use of existing Encorp Pacific (Canada) Return-It™ depots by the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) began in 2007. Encorp was contracted to manage EPRA’s operations under the Return-It™ Electronics label. Independently owned depots are situated throughout BC allowing consumers and businesses easy access. Businesses with large volume of used products can utilize the free of charge direct pick-up services. EPRA also works with businesses that collect end-of-life electronic products from vendors like the BC Lottery Corporation who collects and arranges the recycling of old video gaming machines.

The WEEE programs started out recycling computers, televisions, key boards and printers and now collect: all batteries, cell phones, thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lighting equipment, smoke detectors, small and large appliances, electrical and electronic tools, medical devices, automatic dispensers, toys, musical instruments, leisure and sports equipment, monitoring and control instruments, IT and telecommunications equipment and accessories for use with any e-waste products.

Detailed analysis and results, as provided by Global Product Stewardship Council Corporate Members Encorp Pacific (Canada) Vice President, Development & CMO Sandy Sigmond, has been made available on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

Other GlobalPSC members based in the province include the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

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