Second Australian TV & Computer Product Stewardship Arrangement Announced

The Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) has been approved as the second Co-regulatory Arrangement under Australia’s National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme and the Product StewardshipAct 2011. This follows the approval earlier in March of DHL Supply Chain as the first approved Co-regulatory Arrangement. Official media releases from Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water are available for DHL Supply Chain and ANZRP.

Draft Australian/New Zealand Standard for WEEE Released

The draft Australian/New Zealand Standard DR AS/NZS 5377 for collection, storage, transport and treatment of used electrical and electronic equipment has been released and is available for public comment until 15 May 2012.

The draft standard is available from the Global Product Stewardship Council at:




Reciprocal Discounts on GlobalPSC & PSI Memberships

The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute are conducting a one-year trial of 20% reciprocal membership discounts. Current PSI partners receive a 20% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are eligible for a 20% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for or renewed through September 2012. Several members have already taken advantage of this opportunity to increase their knowledge of product stewardship and expand their network of contacts, all while saving money.

Those who are members/partners of both GlobalPSC and PSI have access to a diverse stakeholder group both within the U.S. and around the world that is directly active on product stewardship, and will have more opportunities to network and develop business opportunities within the product stewardship movement. Members/partners are also kept informed of the latest developments in the product stewardship movement in the though news updates, listservs, webinars, monthly calls and special events in addition to a full range of social media sources.

After the first year, both groups will assess whether to continue the discounts. Email or to take advantage of this offer. Considering joining both at the same time? We’ll help make sure the discounts apply to both memberships.

Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Programs

The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) has released a consultation paper on the proposed model for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Written submissions on the consultation paper are sought by 27 March 2012.

Public meetings will be held in Sydney on 14 March 2012, Canberra on 16 March and Melbourne on 20 March. Further information on the consultation process is available on the SEWPaC website.

SEWPaC is a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, and the GlobalPSC is pleased to have provided input in the development of the proposed arrangements.

Sustainable Financing of Recycling: Consumer Packaging

The US EPA has released the Final Report of the Dialogue on Sustainable Financing of Recycling of Packaging at the Municipal Level. Dialogue participants (including Global Product Stewardship Council Executive Committee members Garth Hickle and Scott Cassel) were tasked with developing multiple strategies for financing municipal recycling systems focusing on consumer packaging. The US EPA will accept comments on the report until 9 February, 2012.

TV and Computer Product Stewardship Regulation in Australia

Australia’s Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 took effect on 8 November 2011, three months after the Product Stewardship Act 2011 took effect. The Regulations provide for national, industry-run arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life televisions, computers and computer peripherals under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. The Regulations and Explanatory Notes are now available.

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

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