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GlobalPSC Appoints Russ Martin as CEO and Neil Hastie as President

 

 

 

Whistler, British Columbia – The Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) has appointed Russ Martin as Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. During the opening session of the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Zero Waste Conference, Russ also announced Neil Hastie as the new President.

Russ has over 20 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. He is Director of consultancy MS2 and is a GlobalPSC founder in addition to serving as President for the first three years of the GlobalPSC’s existence.

We’ve grown the GlobalPSC to over 40 members in 11 countries and put in place a variety of resources to add value to our members, in addition to influencing development of product stewardship across a range of products. I’m pleased to have this opportunity to continue building the GlobalPSC and expanding our network to best learn from the lessons of product stewardship and producer responsibility programs internationally. Neil has been integral to our efforts and his experience with running a leading recovery program is invaluable.” Russ said.

Neil is President and CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada) with over 15 years experience running extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs in British Columbia, Canada. He previously held a variety of general management positions in retailers across the country.

There is an increasing commitment to corporate sustainability for organizations based in North America and operating globally. Producer responsibility can be one of the pillars in a successful sustainability strategy. Evaluating and tracking national and global trends in the performance and costs for voluntary, co-regulatory and regulated systems is an imperative for robust enterprise risk management. The GlobalPSC assists its members in this analysis. I am enthused by the opportunity to intensify my contribution to the Council and to assist in enhancing value for our current and increasing base of business, government and NGO members.” said Neil.

Australian Environment Ministers Take Action on Batteries and Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Ministers from Australia have agreed on the need to include end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint in the Standing Council on Environment and Water’s (SCEW) work plan. In the communique announcing the decision, SCEW stated,

“More than 264 million handheld batteries reach the end of their useful life each year and the equivalent of 18,000 tonnes of paint require disposal each year. There could be significant environmental and community benefits to be gained from working with industry to find better management solutions for these products. Ministers asked officials to develop a work program and examine funding arrangements to progress these issues.”

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members have been actively facilitating the development of product stewardship for both batteries and paint to help transition from government-funded takeback schemes to industry-led producer responsibility. In addition to running pilot projects, Government members Sustainability Victoria (SV) have been engaging industry players to develop practical approaches to product stewardship for the products.

Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) Chief Executive Dr Helen Lewis supported the SCEW decision, telling the GlobalPSC,

“This decision represents a significant milestone in ABRI’s campaign to promote the development of sustainable recovery programs for used batteries. We look forward to working with environment ministers and other stakeholders to explore options to increase recycling of handheld batteries. We need to ensure that everyone involved in the production or consumption of batteries – from the manufacturer or importer through to the consumer – plays their part in ensuring that batteries are used and recovered in a sustainable way.”

In conjunction with SV and ABRI, the GlobalPSC facilitated initial stakeholder discussions, with an aim to developing a strategic plan to address domestic battery stewardship over the next three years. GlobalPSC Foundation members MS2 have also been incorporating GlobalPSC program expertise and data in developing the public policy and business case on handheld battery product stewardship for SV.

GlobalPSC member the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation (APMF) is collaborating with SV on an industry-led pilot program to collect trade waste data and to examine the most efficient and environmentally sound ways to collect and treat waste paint. The GlobalPSC is incorporating trial results in helping SV develop the public policy and business case for paint stewardship.

Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the APMF, also supported the decision by Environment Ministers and discussed plans for further research,

“The APMF supports the SCEW decision to include waste architectural and decorative paints in its work plan. A key element of our current Strategic Plan involves working with Governments on a future product stewardship scheme for waste architectural and decorative paint. When looking to the future, the APMF Council believes that a voluntary industry program has the potential to provide a cost effective and efficient product stewardship scheme for our sector. The current PaintCare trial program in Victoria also acknowledges that any future product stewardship program should also consider the issue of waste paint generated from the trade sector. Currently, there is no collection service in any state or territory for trade waste paint. The APMF also believes that further research is now warranted. Hence, we are funding a joint research project with Sustainability Victoria for Swinburne University of Technology to generate new research into better and more environmental friendly ways to address waste paint.”

John Polhill, Product Stewardship Specialist – Waste Strategy with SV, reinforced the importance of collaboration,

“The Victorian Government is committed to working with industry to effectively manage problematic products in accordance with Victorian and national waste policy. The work with ABRI and APMF demonstrates the success of industry-government partnerships thusfar.”

The GlobalPSC and several members have been appointed by the Australian Government to a Product Stewardship Advisory Group that provides independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act. The SCEW work plan operates in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Advisory Group to explore opportunities for management of priority products.

 

National Voluntary Tyre Stewardship Program Approved

The Australian competition authority, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has issued a final decision to authorise a national Tyre Stewardship Scheme for five years. The Australian Tyre Industry Council (ATIC) applied to the ACCC for authorisation of the proposed Scheme, to be administered by Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA).

Participants in the Scheme will be required to commit to contribute to the environmentally sound use of end-of-life tyres, elimination of the inappropriate export of baled tyres from Australia, elimination of the illegal dumping of end-of-life tyres and elimination of the disposal of end-of-life tyres to landfill.

The scheme involves imposition of a $0.25 levy per passenger car tyre equivalent on tyre importers to fund the operation of the Scheme.

British Columbia’s Recycling Handbook

British Columbia’s Recycling Handbook is a collaboration of fifteen stewardship agencies that operate extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs within the province.

All participating stewards contributed to the content  and funding of this publication designed by GlobalPSC Corporate Member Encorp Pacific to provide consumer awareness and convenience of recycling.

This link takes you to the fourth edition of the handbook, issued in December 2012. Over 6,000 hard copies have already been distributed along with hundreds of web downloads, and thousands of views. A direct link to a PDF copy is available here.

A new video on BC’s product stewardship model is also now available below.

MobileMuster Celebrates 15 Years of Mobile Phone Recycling

MobileMuster, the Australian mobile phone industry’s official recycling program and GlobalPSC corporate member, has just celebrated 15 years of operation at a special event in Sydney. MobileMuster also celebrated recycling and diverting from landfill more than 1 million kg of mobile phone components, including more than 7.2 million mobile phones and batteries plus 480,000 kg of accessories.

Rose Read, MobileMuster’s Manager of Recycling and GlobalPSC Treasurer, stated, ‘Australians love their technology and they also love to hoard it, with more than 22 million old unused mobiles stashed away in homes across the country, it is critical that these do not end up in landfill, and are recycled instead’.

Joining MobileMuster in the festivities were Logie Award and AFI Award winning actor Gyton Grantley, former Junior World Champion surfer Laura Enever and ARIA nominated singer Lisa Mitchell.

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.

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