EUROPEN Green Paper on Packaging & Sustainability

A Green Paper on packaging and sustainability has been released by EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment. Stakeholders consulted during development of the Green Paper include representatives of environmental NGO’s, the European Commission, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, retailers and retailer trade associations as well as EUROPEN’s corporate members. A media release and the Green Paper are now available.

Call for E-waste recycling to cover more than televisions, computers and mobile phones

MobileMuster, the recycling program of GlobalPSC Corporate member the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, encourages e-waste recycling to expand rapidly over the next five years and include all types of consumer electronics and business equipment.

“Since the inception of MobileMuster in 1999, we have had hundreds of questions from concerned Australians about how, and where, they can recycle TVs, computers, cameras, mp3 players, dvd players, batteries and home phones,” says Manager, Recycling with MobileMuster, Rose Read.

“Similarly, we have seen a rapid evolution and convergence in electronic products over this time such as tablets, which will continue at even a faster rate in the future,” continues Ms Read.

MobileMuster encourages government to include a mechanism within the draft regulation for the collection and recycling of old televisions and computers to ensure a regular review of the list of products included within each class of products.  Given the rapid evolution and convergence of electronic products in the market, this review ideally would be every 12 months.

MobileMuster also encourages the government to promote and facilitate the establishment of other electronic product voluntary and/or co-regulatory schemes in addition to existing schemes like MobileMuster (mobile phones and accessories) and Cartridges 4 Planet Ark (printer cartridges) to address this gap in e-waste recycling.

The full media release is available here.

Australian TV & Computer Product Stewardship Regulation Exposure Draft Released

The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released the Product Stewardship (TV and Computer) Regulation exposure draft and commentary on the Regulation for public comment. Public consultations on the Regulations are currently underway.

Public consultation on the exposure draft will end on 10 October 2011. Written submissions are invited. Additional information on the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is available on the Department’s website.

City of Sydney Supports GlobalPSC in Interim Waste Strategy

The City of Sydney has just released its Interim Waste Strategy, which highlights the need to address problematic wastes through extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are pleased to see that Sydney recognises the value of groups such as the Global Product Stewardship Council in facilitating the development of effective product stewardship and EPR approaches. The Strategy specifically references support for the GlobalPSC and the City of Sydney was one of our first members, so we certainly appreciate such clear demonstrations of support.

City of Sydney Interim Waste Strategy

The investigation of solutions for waste treatment that establish energy recovery solutions as a final step in resource recovery is a strategic priority of the  Strategy as an essential contribution towards the reduction of Sydney’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. By introducing an energy recovery step into Sydney’s waste hierarchy, Sydney also aims to reduce any garbage requiring landfilling after treatment from the current 45 per cent to below 10 per cent.

Other proposed key waste management approaches, such as improving support for re-use activity across Sydney, promoting EPR and solutions for e-waste and other hazardous wastes, are identified in the Strategy and aligned with the recycling and treatment approaches to ensure the removal of any impediments to the broadest possible recovery of resources from Sydney’s waste.

The Strategy maintains Sydney’s role in controlling the collection and disposal of waste generated by residents, but also seeks to define a broader role in influencing the management of waste arising from commercial waste sectors and in advocating for State and Federal Government to extend support for waste avoidance schemes.

Content provided courtesy of Mark McKenzie, City of Sydney Waste Strategy Manager

New Reciprocal Discounts on GlobalPSC & PSI Memberships




The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute are pleased to announce a one-year trial of 20% reciprocal membership discounts. Current PSI partners can now receive a 20% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are now eligible for a 20% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for or renewed through September 2012. After the first year, both groups will assess whether to continue the discounts. Email to take advantage of this offer.

Update on Australia’s Framework Legislation and TV / Computer Scheme

The GlobalPSC was appointed to a Stakeholder Reference Group for Australia’s product stewardship framework legislation. A recent SRG presentation explains the legislation and proposed regulations for TVs and computers. The Australian Government authorised release to GlobalPSC members, so we have posted the presentation on the Knowledge Base available to members.

Australia’s Product Stewardship Framework Legislation

One week after unanimous passage in the Senate, Australia’s product stewardship framework legislation passed the House on 22 June 2011. The Product Stewardship Act 2011 officially commenced on 8 August 2011 and assist in implementing a key provision of Australia’s National Waste Policy that

the Australian Government,with the support of state and territory governments, will establish a national framework underpinned by legislation to support voluntary, co-regulatory and regulatory product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes to provide for the impacts of a product being responsibly managed during and at end of life.”.

Product stewardship criteria are intended to be basic filter criteria to help determine whether the Bill should apply to a particular class of products. Unless the Minister is satisfied that two or more product stewardship criteria for a class of products are met, then a voluntary arrangement cannot be accredited and regulations cannot be made under the co-regulatory or mandatory provisions.

Under both the co-regulatory and mandatory provisions, the Minister would also have to be satisfied that making the regulations will further the objects of the Act.

The Regulation Impact Statement for the National Waste Policy found:

  • potential savings from national rather than state by state regulation of product stewardship;
  • a cost to the economy between $212m and $414m above business as usual if states and territories pursued their own approaches; and
  • a national approach to product stewardship would have a net saving of $147 million.

The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to have assisted the Australian Government in the bill’s development and supported amendments that provided for increased transparency and accountability, while enhancing a robust process for prioritisation of products for producer responsibility. The GlobalPSC’s Senate testimony is available on our Youtube channel and on the video archive tab at

Australia Product Stewardship Act 2011

North American Product Stewardship Study Tour

This September, the Global Product Stewardship Council is conducting a product stewardship study tour in conjunction with the premier product stewardship events in North America. Let us know if you are interested in attending some or all of the events.

Starting in Toronto on 19 September, we’ll visit both of the Sims Recycling Solutions Canada e-waste recycling plants, including the state of the art Mississauga, Ontario plant. These will be followed by meetings with Stewardship Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario and the CleanFARMS program.

Then to Halifax for the Conference on Canadian Stewardship 20-21 September, where GlobalPSC Executive Committee members will present on a range of product stewardship topics.

We plan on meeting 22 September with representatives of a range of programs at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. These will be followed by site visits on 23 September of Atlantic Canada Electronics Stewardship (ACES) Drop Off Depots that collect beverage containers and waste paint, along with electronics, as well as visiting two processors that carry out preliminary dismantling of electronic equipment in Nova Scotia.

We’re planning on site visits with paint and carpet recyclers on 26 September in Portland, Oregon.

We are holding a special GlobalPSC breakfast seminar on 27 September in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Institute and the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum in Portland (taking place 27-29 September). Key representatives of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment will discuss the implications of recent requirements to implement stewardship programs for collection and recycling of packaging and printed paper in BC. The event will be held at the conference hotel, the Doubletree Portland. Registration for the breakfast seminar will be free for GlobalPSC members.

The GlobalPSC has been invited to provide a global perspective at the Product Stewardship Forum. Again, there will be strong representation by the GlobalPSC and our members.

These are excellent opportunities to network with product stewardship practitioners and policymakers and to share international experience. We hope you can join us.

The Global Product Stewardship Council Perspective

Welcome to Perspective, the new Global Product Stewardship Council blog on product stewardship and producer responsibility. We have developed Perspective to make it easier for those interested in product stewardship to access and share useful information.

The Global Product Stewardship Council is an independent, non-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship, an environmental management strategy guided by the principle that whoever designs, produces, sells or uses a product takes responsibility for minimising that product’s environmental impact.

We encourage you to contribute to the Global Product Stewardship Council Public Group on LinkedIn, our Facebook site and/or to our Twitter site; following the GlobalPSC on these sites makes sharing information simpler. If you are aware of videos that would be appropriate for sharing, then please email FTP links where we can download the videos and upload them on the GlobalPSC Youtube site. We look forward to hearing from you.

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