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GlobalPSC News – June 2018

 

International Stewardship Forum Outcomes

 

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Highlights from the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum, including recommendations to the Australian Government for improvements to the Product Stewardship Act 2011, are now available in the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper.

The International Stewardship Forum was held in Sydney from 4-6 April 2018. With over 130 participants and 13 international speakers, the Forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to gather practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs across a broad range of products and substances.

For more information, click here.

 

Approaching Deadline for EPR Reporting in Chile

 

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Under the provisions of the second transitory article of Law No 20,920, producers of certain priority products are obligation to report information to the Chilean Ministry of Environment. The submission date for products placed on the market last year is 31 August, under the Exempt Resolution No. 0409/2018 of the MMA.

The obligation applies to producers of the following products: lubricating oils, electrical and electronic devices, batteries (split by weight), packaging, tyres, and newspapers and magazines. You are considered a producer of a priority product if you sell one of the obligated products for the first time in the market; dispose of priority products acquired from a third party that is not the first distributor; or import priority products for your own professional use. Furthermore, in the case of packaging, a producer is the person who introduces the packaging or packaged consumer goods into the market.

For more information, click here.

 

Australian Senate Recommends Stronger Product Stewardship

 

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An Australian Senate inquiry into waste and recycling has recommended shifting from Australia’s traditional preference for voluntary product stewardship to greater introduction of mandatory schemes.

The inquiry’s final report contained a number of recommendations specific to product stewardship, including:

  • prioritising the establishment of a circular economy.
  • a national container deposit scheme.
  • making Australia’s product stewardship schemes under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 mandatory.
  • mandatory schemes for tyres, mattresses, e-waste and photovoltaic panels.
  • re-establishment of the Product Stewardship Advisory Group.
  • a phase-out of petroleum-based single-use plastics by 2023.

For more information, click here.

 

Modulated Fees in EPR 

 

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for the Environment in the UK, Michael Gove, announced a reform of the current Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system based on a consultation taking place later this year. Following this, there has been a lot of talk about modulated fees, which are already in place in the French and Italian packaging compliance schemes, CONAI and Citeo. Modulated fees are those which vary with the eco-design of the packaging, for example, a lower fee is charged for plastic that is easily recyclable and a higher fee is charged for plastic that is not widely recyclable.

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

GlobalPSC News – April 2018

International Stewardship Forum

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In early April, the GlobalPSC convened the inaugural International Stewardship Forum in Sydney. With over 130 participants and speakers based in nine countries, the Forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to gather practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs across a broad range of products and substances. The Forum was designed and structured to help inform the Australian Government’s 2018 review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011.

Activities began with site visits for international speakers and Forum sponsors of innovative waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) processing technologies. In addition to touring TES Australia and New Zealand’s Sydney WEEE reprocessing site, we toured the world’s first small, modular recycling plant “microfactories” developed by the University of NSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) the day prior to their official launch. The microfactories are capable of breaking down WEEE into products like metal alloys, nanoparticles for industrial-grade ceramics and filaments for 3D printing.

The Forum was designed to maximise discussion and interaction between local and international representatives, and involved two days of presentations and panel discussions. Presentations have been made available to participants through the event app and are being uploaded to the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members via the Members Page.

A final day of discussions with select stakeholders reflected upon the Forum presentations, identified key insights, and helped map out a way forward for product stewardship in Australia. These invitation-only discussions followed a modified Chatham House Rule to encourage openness and information sharing at a historic site on Sydney Harbour, while incorporating traditional Aboriginal ceremonies and a networking reception aboard a tall ship.

 

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An Issues and Options Paper capturing the Forum and Chatham House discussions is being reviewed and will be made available to GlobalPSC members and Forum participants in the near future once the review is complete.

We’d like to extend special thanks to all the supporters and sponsors that not only made the Forum possible, but helped create such a strong model for future events. The GlobalPSC has already been in discussions with regional partners about holding future Forums in Europe and Australia, with other regions also under consideration. Contact us to be informed of future events.

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Implementation of 2018 Open Scope WEEE

The EU WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU) introduced a number of changes to the original Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC), including an “Open Scope” of 6 revised categories instead of the previous 10, which according to the Directive are to be introduced from 15 August 2018. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, which was made an EU law in February 2003, was instituted to set collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods. The Directive sets the foundations for the creation of collection/compliance schemes. The aim of the schemes is to ensure that WEEE is collected and reused or recycled.

The six new categories to be introduced are:

  1. Temperature exchange equipment: fridges, freezers, air conditioning, etc.
  2. Screens, monitors, and equipment containing screens having a surface greater than 100 cm2: TVs, computer monitors, etc.
  3. Lamps
  4. Large equipment (any external dimension more than 50cm): washing machines, dish washers, cookers, luminaires, large printers, copying equipment in general, etc.
  5. Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50cm): vacuum cleaners, calculators, video cameras, cameras, hifi equipment, watches and clocks, smoke detectors, payment systems, etc.
  6. Small IT and telecommunication equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm): mobile phones, tablets, routers, laptops, GPS, printers, etc.

For more information, click here.

 

Packaging EPR Regulation in Mozambique

Mozambique’s Decree 79/2017, of 28 December 2017, approving the Regulation on the Extended Responsibility of Producers and Importers of Packaging, was approved by the Council of Ministers and came into force on 29th December 2017. The Regulation applies to all public and private entities, natural or legal persons engaged in the production, import and management of packaging to increase their responsibility in order to safeguard the environment and public health.

All packaging is obligated under this regulation including commercial and domestic packaging and the packaging waste produced. The ​​Ministry for the Environment is responsible for drafting and disclosure of rules and procedures in the context of the production and import of packaging and packaging waste. The Ministry for Industry and Commerce is responsible for establishing rules and standards applicable to import and production of packaging. Furthermore, under the Regulation, the Ministry for Finance is responsible for the collection of fees and fines as well as the supervision of the rules applicable to packaging in the context of clearance goods.

Producers and importers of packaging and packaging waste are responsible for the management of packaging and packaging waste, pursuant to the Regulation and other applicable legislation; the payment of fees for the management of packaging and the return and recovery of packaging waste, whether directly or through organisations created for waste recovery.

Further detail is in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members via the Members Page. Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

International Stewardship Forum

 

We held off a few days on sending out this newsletter in order to provide exciting news about the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum.

We are pleased to have confirmed 13 featured international speakers from 8 countries and active globally, in addition to a strong suite of Australian experts on product stewardship, sustainability, recycling and consumer engagement. Speakers represent global brand owners, recovery organisations, NGOs and governments at federal, state and local levels.

 

 

Updated Preliminary Program Available

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Discounted rates for GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners 

 

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

  • Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of OECD
  • Mark Dempsey, UK Sustainability Manager for HP Inc.
  • Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer of PET Recycling Company (PETCO) (South Africa)
  • John Harris, fmr Global Product Stewardship Coordinator at Eli Lilly and Company (US and globally)
  • Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of WEEE Forum (Europe and globally)
  • Cynthia Dunn, Supervising Senior Environmental Scientist, EPR Unit of California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (US)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Laurence Bouret, Déléguée Générale of DASTRI (France)
  • Doug Woodring, Founder of Plasticity Forum and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong and globally)
  • Michelle Carvell, Chief Operating Officer of Lorax Compliance Ltd (UK)
  • Chris van Rossem, Director, Technical Advisory Services of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA)
  • Steve Claus, Business Developer & Advisory Manager of Green Crossroads (Africa, Europe, Latin America)
  • Andrea Chmielinski, Principal of Steward Wise (Canada)

We’ve also secured a strong contingent of Australian speakers. See the updated Preliminary Program, available here, for details.

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The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered. Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Registration covers participation in both days of the forum and a networking event the evening of 4 April.

Confirmed forum speakers, GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners are eligible for a discounted rate of A$750 (ex-GST and ticket fees). Full registrations are A$950 (ex-GST and ticket fees).

Registered attendees will receive details for an event app with program information, speaker bios and key downloads. Registered attendees will also receive details for a 20% discount off the book Product Stewardship in Action by Dr Helen Lewis. 

 

GlobalPSC News – December 2017

 

SAVE THE DATE – International Stewardship Forum 4-5 April 2018, Sydney

 

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

  • Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of WEEE Forum (Europe and globally)
  • Laurence Bouret, Déléguée Générale of DASTRI (France)
  • Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer of PET Recycling Company (PETCO) (South Africa)
  • Doug Woodring, founder of Plasticity Forum and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong and globally)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Andrea Chmielinski, Principal of Steward Wise (Canada)

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered.Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

Additional details will be forthcoming.

 

New GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Close the Loop

Close the Loop (CtL) is an Australian-owned resource recovery and sustainability solutions provider. The company first applied its expertise to the printing and imaging sector where it helped major companies become sustainability pace-setters within the industry. Today, Close the Loop translates that success and experience across all industries, in all regions of the world, raising the bar by showing what is possible when companies commit to sustainable product end-of-life strategies that are supported by innovation and a zero waste to landfill guarantee.

Close the Loop strives to be the premier sustainability solutions provider while providing a safe and productive work environment for its employees. Established in Australia in 2001, the company now employs more than 200 people with operations in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

 

New GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Paintback

Paintback® is taking unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. As a voluntary product stewardship scheme that has operated in all States and Territories of Australia from day one, it is a world-first initiative designed to keep unwanted paint out of landfill and away from vital waterways.

Most importantly, Paintback is driven by the Australian paint industry – by the major companies that supply around 95% of all the architectural and decorative (A&D) paint sold in Australia. DuluxGroup, Haymes Paint, PPG, Resene and Valspar are the founding members.

These companies have collaborated with Commonwealth, State and Local governments to provide a nationally consistent collection service for households and commercial painters.  Paintback repurposes valuable materials into recycled packaging, alternative energy and industrial processes, and is funding research to find better uses for unwanted paint.

Established in 2016, Paintback has been recognised by the Australian Business Awards, Sustainability Category for 2017.

For more information, go to www.paintback.com.au.

 

GlobalPSC Board for 2018

During the recent Annual General Meeting, all existing GlobalPSC Executive Committee members re-nominated and were re-appointed to their Board roles for 2018. GlobalPSC Board members for 2018 are therefore:

  • Tom Ogonek – Chief Operating Officer of Close the Loop (North America, Asia Pacific and Europe)
  • Joachim Quoden – Managing Director of EXPRA (Europe)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann – Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Chris van Rossem – Director Technical Advisory Services at Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance
  • Kylie Hughes – Manager Waste Policy and Legislation of Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Australia)
  • Scott Cassel – Chief Executive Officer of the Product Stewardship Institute
  • Garth Hickle – Independent Consultant
  • Ed Cordner – Executive Member of GlobalPSC
  • Russ Martin – Chief Executive Officer of GlobalPSC, Director of MS2 (Australia)

 

New GlobalPSC Member – Steward Wise

Steward Wise is a Canadian environmental consulting firm specialising in zero waste policy implementation, stewardship reporting and ISO14001 for business. Steward Wise aims to develop easy-to-understand compliance programs for companies that will survive the long-run and employee turnover. Procedural development and cross-functional staff training are key elements of this solution. Follow Steward Wise on Twitter @OneWiseSteward and subscribe to their newsletter here.

 

New GlobalPSC Member – PREP Design

In 2014, the world’s first online packaging recyclability design guide was launched in Australia by GreenChip and Planet Ark.  In 2016, the tool was augmented to also reflect the New Zealand recycling industry. During 2017 work has commenced to adapt the tool to reflect the end of life fate of packaging disposed in the United Kingdom.

The Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal, or PREP, is used by brand owners and packaging designers to design more recyclable packaging and provide evidence to support accurate on-pack recyclability claims. Uniquely, the PREP advises the user why an item is not recyclable such as: it is too small to be captured by the Materials Recovery Facility; or the plastics are not compatible.

In Australia, the PREP underpins the Australasian Recycling Label launched by Planet Ark in 2015 and the plan is for the UK version of the tool to underpin the on-pack recycling label in the UK, launched by WRAP and OPRL UK in 2009.

In 2017, PREP Design Pty Ltd was founded by GreenChip, Planet Ark Environmental Foundation and Innovyz Waste & Recycling Technologies with a mission to expand the coverage of the PREP to other nations to provide a global, standardised assessment framework for consumer packaging.

 

GlobalPSC News – October 2017

 

New GlobalPSC Board Members

The GlobalPSC Executive Committee (Board) recently decided unanimously to include three new members as a reflection of priority areas for the Board and in recognition of these members’ contributions to the GlobalPSC across diverse geographic coverage. These changes will further the GlobalPSC vision of facilitating the development and implementation of effective product stewardship schemes globally.

The new members include:

We have enjoyed long working relationships with these three as GlobalPSC members and look forward to their continued involvement in the GlobalPSC’s development as Board members.

 

California Adopts Groundbreaking Carpet EPR

With Governor Jerry Brown’s signature 14 October on AB 1158, California has adopted groundbreaking extended producer responsibility (EPR) for carpet.

The legislation requires carpet manufacturers to submit a carpet stewardship plan that meets specified requirements and increase the rate of carpet recycling to 24% by 1 January 2020. The legislation also aims to end consumer subsidization of carpet incineration in municipal incinerators and cement kilns, incentivize production of more recyclable carpets, and ensure proper training for carpet installers.

Stewardship plans must include quantifiable 5-year goals and annual goals subject to review by CalRecycle. Updates to the stewardship plans must also address recommendations by an advisory committee to be appointed.

In California for 2016, over 257 million pounds (over 116,500 tonnes) of carpets were disposed of to landfills (about 2% of total disposed), while over 20 million pounds (over 9,000 tonnes) were disposed of in incinerators. Carpets are comprised of 99% plastic, derived from fossil fuels. Carpet production is estimated to grow 4.5% annually.

 

California Packaging Product Stewardship Reform

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Roughly 25 percent of California’s disposed waste stream is comprised of packaging materials. While the benefits of packaging are noted, improper management can result in greenhouse gas emissions, waterway and marine debris, and human health impacts.

According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle),

“(i)n order to help meet the state’s aggressive 75 percent recycling, composting, and source reduction goal by 2020, and particularly in light of significant recent developments such as the drop in California’s recycling rate and potential implications of China’s expanding regulations to ban certain scrap imports, it is critical now more than ever to address this portion of the waste stream. This will require a higher level of awareness and involvement by all parties involved in the sale and use of packaging: manufacturers, distributors, retailers, local governments, waste haulers, and consumers. After an extensive stakeholder outreach process dating back to 2012, the Director of (CalRecycle) instructed staff at the September 2016 monthly public meeting to develop a comprehensive, mandatory policy model for managing packaging to significantly reduce its presence in the waste stream.”

CalRecycle is seeking additional input on the proposed reforms for packaging.

In draft screening criteria for determining priority packaging types released in July 2017, CalRecycle noted that,

“(g)iven that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy solution for all packaging, the Department is choosing to evaluate which mandatory policy models (e.g., Extended Producer Responsibility, etc.) and instruments (e.g., minimum content, etc.) might be best suited to increasing collection and recovery of specific packaging types. In order to do this, staff are developing a set of screening criteria to determine which packaging types could be prioritized for analysis relative to different mandatory policy approaches.” 

To further advance public consultation on the issue, including an October 2017 workshop, CalRecycle has released a background document to

“solicit stakeholder input on a comprehensive policy framework as a policy model, what the framework should entail, critical steps for how it could work, and how specific policy tools could be implemented within that framework. In addition, staff are seeking feedback on how the framework could be enforced, how CalRecycle could measure progress and success, and how the framework could respond to changes in the marketplace.”‘

The background document contains final screening criteria for packaging based on the draft criteria and public consultation. Stakeholder submissions received prior to the 10 October workshop are also available here.

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

 

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Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a world leader in medical devices and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, surgery and in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

 

 

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd (APCO) is a co-regulatory approach to administering the Australian Packaging Covenant (the Covenant) – a document that sets out how governments and businesses share the responsibility for managing the environmental impacts of packaging in Australia

Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:

  • Use resources wisely;
  • Send less packaging to landfill; and
  • Demonstrate industry leadership.

Being an APCO member is the most important indicator of commitment an Australian business can make in supporting positive environmental outcomes through sustainable packaging.

With over 900 members, APCO aims to ensure that companies work collectively with industry and government to achieve the common goals of establishing improved packaging recycling rates, more considered packaging design, sustainable material alternatives and minimising waste to landfill.

 

GlobalPSC members are listed here.

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council will be represented at the following event:

GlobalPSC News – August 2017

Product Stewardship for Sharps and Unwanted Medicines – Background and Issues Paper Now Available

The GlobalPSC was asked by representatives of the US healthcare industry to assist in developing product stewardship for sharps in the US through independent research on product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. The resulting Background and Issues Paper is available on the GlobalPSC members-only Knowledge Base.

Under this initial work, the GlobalPSC conducted background research of existing global EPR programs for sharps and unwanted (or out-of-date) medicines and drafted the Background and Issues Paper to frame key issues and raise options for consideration by primary stakeholders (mainly sharps manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies with products using sharps).

Following discussions with primary stakeholders, their feedback was incorporated back into the Background and Issues Paper to provide one comprehensive report suitable for broader circulation and stakeholder engagement. The intention was to canvass possible approaches that could lead to program elements the industry could potentially support and to solicit broader stakeholder input. Funding for the Background and Issues Paper was provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Member Eli Lilly and Company.

GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin presented an overview of the report and assisted stakeholder outreach during the Patient-Centered Safe Needle Disposal Forum 13 June 2017 in Washington, DC. The Forum was funded and led by Sharps Working Group members Abbvie, AstraZeneca, Becton Dickinson, Biogen, Dexcom, Eli Lilly and Company, Novo Nordisk, Perrigo, Roche and Sanofi.

 

Review of Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme – White Paper

Australia’s Product Stewardship Act requires a five-year review that has been announced but has yet to be initiated. Part of the announced review is an assessment of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.

The GlobalPSC and several of our members joined Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) / TechCollect at Parliament House in Canberra for the launch of ANZRP’s White Paper on findings and recommendations for the Department of Environment and Energy to consider during the review.

Tim Wilson MP, Federal Member for Goldstein, joined ANZRP CEO Carmel Dollisson on behalf of the Minister for the Environment and Energy, to officially launch ANZRP’s White Paper.

The White Paper includes several recommendations for the Government to consider, including:

  • Redefining the volume of available e-waste
  • Educating the public on the benefits of product stewardship
  • Expanding the products collected
  • A greater level of shared responsibility by all stakeholders in the product lifecycle
  • Greater transparency within the Scheme itself

Dollisson adds: “The core principle of good product stewardship is that everyone involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products has a shared responsibility to ensure those products are responsibly recycled.

“That principle has been behind our development of the White Paper. We’re very hopeful that the Review will facilitate greater collaboration and ensure confidence in the e-waste recycling industry.”

 

PET Recycling Growth in South Africa

PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), has announced their annual PET recycling rate had increased from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.

PETCO recycled an additional 22% of post-consumer bottles in comparison to the previous year, with the total PET market growing by 14.8% to 241,269 tonnes.

“PETCO is delighted with the latest figures,” says PETCO’s CEO Cheri Scholtz. “Through the remarkable network of people, companies and organisations we work with, 2 billion PET bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa during the course of 2016, creating some 62,000 income opportunities for small and micro-collectors, and changing their lives and those of their families in immeasurable ways.”

The voluntary recycling fee paid annually by PETCO members on every tonne of raw material purchased has enabled the payment of a total of R1.9 billion (~ 130 million or ~US$142 million) by contracted recyclers to collectors for baled bottles since the inception of PETCO in 2004, ensuring the collection of PET bottles for recycling is sustained, and resulting in almost 800,000 tonnes of carbon and over 3 million m3 of landfill space saved to date.

PETCO reports that South Africa’s 55% post-consumer PET recycling rate compares well with international PET recycling rates of ~ 30% in the US and European average rates of ~ 59%. However, PETCO also notes that considerable work is being done globally to understand these statistics, as the bases differ substantially and a direct comparison cannot be assumed.

Information and graphic supplied by PETCO.

 

GlobalPSC Government Member – Department of the Environment and Energy
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The Department of the Environment and Energy administers Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products. The framework allows for voluntary industry led schemes, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. More information on the legislation and product stewardship in general can be found here.

GlobalPSC members are listed here.

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council will be represented at the following events:

GlobalPSC News – April 2017

 

IT and Content Disruptions

With recent IT changes and the failure of two backup servers, approximately 10 months worth of recent content was lost from the GlobalPSC site. We have been able to restore some of the lost content. However, if there is particular information or a particular post that you are seeking, please contact us directly. 
The GlobalPSC email servers were also affected for several weeks and service has now been restored. If you emailed us recently but have not received a reply, please resend the message and we will reply as soon as possible.

 

PET Recycling Growth in South Africa

PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), recently announced their annual PET recycling rate had increased from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.

PETCO recycled an additional 22% of post-consumer bottles in comparison to the previous year, with the total PET market growing by 14.8% to 241,269 tonnes.

“PETCO is delighted with the latest figures,” says PETCO’s CEO Cheri Scholtz. “Through the remarkable network of people, companies and organisations we work with, 2 billion PET bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa during the course of 2016, creating some 62,000 income opportunities for small and micro-collectors, and changing their lives and those of their families in immeasurable ways.”

The voluntary recycling fee paid annually by PETCO members on every tonne of raw material purchased has enabled the payment of a total of R1.9 billion (~ 130 million or ~US$142 million) by contracted recyclers to collectors for baled bottles since the inception of PETCO in 2004, ensuring the collection of PET bottles for recycling is sustained, and resulting in almost 800,000 tonnes of carbon and over 3 million m3 of landfill space saved to date.

PETCO reports that South Africa’s 55% post-consumer PET recycling rate compares well with international PET recycling rates of ~ 30% in the US and European average rates of ~ 59%. However, PETCO also notes that considerable work is being done globally to understand these statistics, as the bases differ substantially and a direct comparison cannot be assumed.

Information and graphic supplied by PETCO.

 

 

An Auspicious Time for Change – Review of Australia’s Product Stewardship Act

Australia’s Product Stewardship Act requires a five-year review that has been announced but has yet to be initiated. Conducting the review as a priority could help address a plethora of social, economic and environmental issues, and result in additional economic development and job creation.

The GlobalPSC will be active in the Act’s review in coordination with the Australian Department of Environment and Energy. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin recently assessed some of the opportunities for improvement through the review for CWS magazine. This assessment is now available online or as a PDF.

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – The Compliance Map Ltd

 

Compliance Map develops solutions to help businesses manage their environmental compliance obligations arising from regulations and directives and to help optimize their use of resources. This includes product stewardship responsibilities, reporting and minimization of waste as well as carbon disclosure that will play a significant part in identifying, monitoring and driving down their customer’s global environmental impacts.

Both Product Stewardship and EPR regulations and standards are at the core of Compliance Map’s solution offering. This includes mechanisms to collect, store and produce remittance reports required for submission to EPR schemes for directives such as WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), Battery as well as deposit and worldwide Packaging programmes. The solution offered automatically manages sales warehousing data and combines with relevant Packaging, WEEE, Battery, Oil, Beverage or Paint information to produce costs and weight reports ready to be remitted to registered schemes on a monthly, quarterly or annually basis. This enables companies to automate the entire process by which they track and report waste to schemes and programmes worldwide and make better use of their own resources.

Compliance Map are made of a team of regulatory compliance experts with over 20+ years of experience in the arena of environmental compliance which has been fed into their software solution offerings, creating a holistic approach to managing obligations businesses face in today’s regulatory climate.

 

New GlobalPSC Member – Adaptation Environmental Support Pty Ltd

Adaptation Environmental Support Pty Ltd is a change management consultancy, specialising in environmental sustainability and product stewardship. Adaptation works with governments, small business, large corporates and the not-for-profit sector to develop and implement initiatives that support businesses to meet stakeholder expectations and exceed legislative requirements.

Adaptation leads clients to better understand and minimise the environmental impacts of business operations through the major areas of procurement, business efficiencies and end of life impacts of products and packaging. Organisational goals are met through effective planning and strategy development, business and stakeholder engagement, program implementation, performance monitoring and reporting. Adaptation’s portfolio includes a range of pioneering environmental initiatives that have successfully reduced impacts, reduced costs, reduced risk and created cleaner work environments.

Location: Bondi Junction, Australia

Click here for more information.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Valoryza

Based in Santiago, Chile, Valoryza Environmental Advisors offer strategic advice and expertise to cost-effectively support compliance with EPR, by way of product stewardship programs to producers and organizations that are affected by environmental regulations.

As a regional expert with access to a global best practice network, Valoryza assists local and foreign companies in navigating through and succeeding within Latin American waste management regulatory systems and frameworks.

Key services include, but not are limited to, those listed below.

Offering representation and consultancy services to:

  • Chilean industries seeking to participate in the elaboration and detailed design of the EPR systems.
  • International companies with obligations under the EPR and other environmental regulations.

Strategic advice:

  • Design, implementation and administration of waste management systems under EPR regulations.
  • Cost-effective management of product impacts, in line with product stewardship requirements.
  • Elaboration of Strategic Plans to help guide companies as they face new challenges related to new and more demanding environmental regulations.

Solution design, implementation and management for:

  • Source separation, collection, packaging, processing and re-use of all types of waste.
  • Waste management aimed at recovery services to ensure the fulfillment of business sustainability goals and environmental commitments with both local and national authorities.

Valoryza consultants have extensive experience in conducting investigation, research studies, audits, assessments and developing strategic forecasts to support clients in meeting their obligations regarding manufacturing, waste management, sorting, transport and final disposal in the most responsible and cost-effective way.

If you represent a business with opportunities related to EPR, waste management or other environmental matters in Latin America, Valoryza is available to help.

Contact:

Rodrigo Leiva Neumann
General Manager
+56 9 72143053

Rodrigo.leiva@valoryza.com

 

 

IT and Content Disruptions

With recent IT changes and the failure of two backup servers, approximately 10 months worth of recent content was lost from the GlobalPSC site. We will be progressively restoring some of the lost content. If there is particular information or a particular post that you are seeking, please contact us directly.
 
The GlobalPSC email servers were also affected for several weeks and service has now been restored. If you emailed us recently but have not received a reply, please resend the message and we will reply as soon as possible.

GlobalPSC News – April 2016

 

Message from the CEO

These are exciting times for the GlobalPSC. It seems especially appropriate to flag a number of recent developments, and I look forward to being able to share details on new developments more fully in the near future.

We recently expanded our board to include more members with practical program experience in implementing North American product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) approaches in addition to further deepening our policy expertise. This provides an excellent opportunity to revisit our strategic approaches and prioritising our resources to deliver ongoing value to our members.

I’ve just returned from Melbourne, Australia, where I attended the PaintBack launch, meetings with various GlobalPSC members and site visits involving innovative reprocessing technologies for waste electronics and for mattresses. Most of these were in conjunction with staff from long-term GlobalPSC government members, Sustainability Victoria (SV). The SV emphasis on collaboration and program trials to develop ‘real world’ information dovetails nicely with that of the GlobalPSC and helps to deliver tangible results.

The Paintback launch further reinforced the value of collaborative approaches and seeking solutions that benefit businesses, governments and other key stakeholders. We joined Australia’s environment minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP, SV CEO Stan Krpan and Paintback Chief Executive Karen Gomez, with whom we’ve worked over the years in her role heading up AgStewardship Australia, our first Sustaining Corporate members. Representatives of other GlobalPSC members including the Federal Government’s Department of the Environment, consultancy Equilibrium and the New South Wales Environment Protection Authority were also in attendance.

The Paintback launch was rewarding in particular because of our role in early developments of the program. The GlobalPSC was commissioned to examine the public policy and business case for voluntary paint stewardship and we facilitated stakeholder discussions. Areas of agreement and objectives for the program from the first stakeholder workshop (see below) are well reflected in the ultimate outcome.

We are seeing increased interest in our approach of drawing lessons from international experience and tailoring them to local needs through stakeholder engagement. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as projects proceed and will continue to ensure that GlobalPSC members benefit from early access to, and participation in, such efforts.

We are certainly pleased to welcome a new Sustaining Corporate member with The Compliance Map (offices in the UK, US and Australia), and we will have exciting announcements about other new multinational GlobalPSC members in the near future. We’ll also be providing details on our involvement in several international events as we are able to share them with you.

 

Russ Martin

Chief Executive Officer 

 

National Voluntary Paint Stewardship Scheme Launched in Australia

[L-R: Master Painter Stephen Papdan; Federal Environment Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP; Master Painter Damien McRyan; Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan; Paintback Chief Executive Karen Gomez; Paintback Independent Chairperson Jim Liaskos]

 

Australia has just launched what is believed to be the world’s first, all-encompassing national voluntary stewardship scheme for waste paint* and paint packaging, Paintback. The program, founded by paint producers DuluxGroup, Haymes, PPG, Resene and Valspar, was launched 29 April in Melbourne by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Minister for the Environment.

The program will be funded through a levy of 15 cents per litre (plus GST) on new architectural and decorative paint in Australia.  The levy was approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to fund the collection and treatment of waste paint nationally, education campaigns and research for new uses of waste paint by Paintback Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the end-of-life management of waste paint and packaging.

Paintback will build upon a range of collaborative efforts between industry and governments. Australia’s Environment Ministers agreed to place paint stewardship on their work plan in April 2013 and the Environment Minister nominated paint as a priority product under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 in June 2013. The multi-stakeholder National Waste Paint Implementation Working Group completed the scheme’s business plan, economic model, 5-year rollout strategy and engagement plan and voted unanimously to support an application to the ACCC for approval of the levy.

The GlobalPSC helped facilitate development of the scheme. In conjunction with Sustainability Victoria and the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation, the GlobalPSC facilitated initial stakeholder discussions, featured paint and batteries in a priority product stewardship workshop and developed the public policy and business case for a voluntary paint stewardship approach in Australia. Further details and primary documents are available under the Paint category on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

* New Zealand accredited a voluntary paint collection program called Paintwise funded through a voluntary levy on Resene paint sold and from separate fees on non-Resene branded paint and trade waste paint.

 

New GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – The Compliance Map Ltd

 

Compliance Map develops solutions to help businesses manage their environmental compliance obligations arising from regulations and directives and to help optimize their use of resources. This includes product stewardship responsibilities, reporting and minimization of waste as well as carbon disclosure that will play a significant part in identifying, monitoring and driving down their customer’s global environmental impacts.

Both Product Stewardship and EPR regulations and standards are at the core of Compliance Map’s solution offering. This includes mechanisms to collect, store and produce remittance reports required for submission to EPR schemes for directives such as WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), Battery as well as deposit and worldwide Packaging programmes. The solution offered automatically manages sales warehousing data and combines with relevant Packaging, WEEE, Battery, Oil, Beverage or Paint information to produce costs and weight reports ready to be remitted to registered schemes on a monthly, quarterly or annually basis. This enables companies to automate the entire process by which they track and report waste to schemes and programmes worldwide and make better use of their own resources.

Compliance Map are made of a team of regulatory compliance experts with over 20+ years of experience in the arena of environmental compliance which has been fed into their software solution offerings, creating a holistic approach to managing obligations businesses face in today’s regulatory climate.

 

GlobalPSC News – February 2016

Automotive Industry Stewardship Plan for Ontario out for Consultation

Automotive Materials Stewardship Inc., representing the Canadian automotive sector, has submitted an automotive materials Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) for Waste Diversion Ontario’s (WDO) approval under the Waste Diversion Act and WDO’s procedures for ISPs.

The ISP applies to the following designated materials:

  • Antifreeze, and the containers in which they are contained
  • Oil filters – after they have been used for their intended purpose
  • Containers that have a capacity of 30 litres or less and that were manufactured and used for the purpose of containing lubricating oil

For further information, including details of the consultation process, contact WDO.

 

Walgreens to Roll Out Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks in U.S. States 

In what it touts as the first ongoing national effort of its kind by a retailer, Walgreens will install safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 500 drugstores in 39 states and Washington, D.C., in 2016.

The kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies will be available at no cost during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most of the locations). The kiosks will allow the return of consumers’ unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances, and over-the-counter medications.

Initial installation has begun in California. According to Walgreens, by the end of the year, the kiosks will be installed at over 500 locations in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin in addition to the District of Columbia. 

 

New GlobalPSC Member – Equilibrium

Equilibrium is a sustainability strategy and consulting company. It provides environmental solutions that cut costs, align organisational goals and enhance reputation. From environmental management systems to technical assessments to strategic advice, Equilibrium’s expertise and experience extends across many sectors of the economy including food manufacturing, stadiums and events, Government, waste management, recycling, agriculture, packaging and facilities management.

Equilibrium has worked extensively in policy and regulatory development, especially in waste and materials efficiency and including product stewardship across a range of schemes and materials. To find out more, visit here.

 

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