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GlobalPSC News – January 2015

Looking back on 2014 and looking forward to 2015
2014 saw a range of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs being refined and rationalized, as well as a shift in some producers’ attitudes towards regulation.

Stewards’ efforts in Canada continue to help ensure more nationally consistent EPR schemes (EPRA for electronics and CSSA for packaging) that are intended to improve administrative efficiencies and create opportunities for reducing compliance costs. Another significant Canadian development has been the first proposed competitive stewardship organization for packaging and printed paper.

One issue that saw significant movement in 2014 is an increased willingness from certain producers to seek regulatory underpinnings (including EPR) that provide greater protection against free riders, such as model legislation in the US for batteries. Some producers however, such as US carpet producers, have taken steps to specifically oppose EPR. The GlobalPSC is tracking this issue closely and collaborating with our members and other interested parties to understand such issues and share insights (as in early November’s webinar on US and Australian developments for batteries).

Broader consideration of product stewardship as part of discussions on a circular economy may have taken a hit in 2014 when the European Commission withdrew its circular economy proposals. However, a range of related discussions are ongoing and we are likely to see proposals revisited in a year or so.

Early indications are that we are likely to see expanded electronics recycling programs in South America and Africa and a continues increase in assessment, regulation and reporting of chemicals worldwide.

As we enter 2015 and our fifth year of existence, the GlobalPSC has been reviewing our strategic approaches and working even more closely with our members to ensure mutual benefit. We now have over 60 GlobalPSC members spanning industries, governments at federal, state/provincial and local levels as well as others. These members have headquarters or facilities in 12 countries and operate globally. We have also exceeded 1,200 members in the GlobalPSC’s LinkedIn group.

One of our 2014 initiatives was to seek nominations from our members and establish the GlobalPSC Advisory Group, comprising internationally renowned experts on product stewardship and EPR programs and policies. The Advisory Group provided independent perspectives on GlobalPSC submissions to governments in Nova Scotia and New Zealand, and will regularly be consulted on GlobalPSC issues under consideration. With our recent appointment of two additional experts, the GlobalPSC Advisory Group now includes 11 members from 6 countries with expertise across a broad range of products and materials.

In late 2014, the GlobalPSC Executive Committee and CEO undertook a critical review across all of our activities to date and developed the GlobalPSC Vision, Mission and Goals to help guide our efforts. In consultation with the GlobalPSC Advisory Group and our members, a detailed strategic plan is also under development to help ensure value for GlobalPSC members and sustainable growth for our organization.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – November 2014

Collaboration is Key

The importance of collaborations in helping stakeholders achieve their objectives has been underscored in several activities in which the GlobalPSC participated in late October and in November. Increasingly, organisations have limited resources and are seeking to partner with others in order to leverage opportunities for mutual gain. Given the GlobalPSC’s role in helping to facilitate the development of effective product stewardship approaches globally, we have actively been engaging stakeholders to bring extra value to our members and their project partners.

We are excited to have recently announced a collaboration between the GlobalPSC and the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) at the University of New South Wales. The GlobalPSC and its members will assist the SMaRT Centre in ensuring that their cutting-edge R&D has direct applicability to product stewardship and recycling. In exchange, the SMaRT Centre will share research findings with the GlobalPSC and its members through special workshops and forums, and provide direct opportunities for input. The GlobalPSC has begun facilitating the involvement of GlobalPSC members in site visits, pilot projects and other means of helping the SMaRT Centre achieve its objectives. Members will be notified directly as research findings are made available.

Our CEO Russ Martin was recently invited to participate in the CEO & Business Leaders Summit in Sydney. In addition to discussing some of the potential implications for the SMaRT Centre technology for recycling and product stewardship, especially in developing countries, Russ addressed the costs of ‘patchwork’ regulation in US and Europe, resource needs for growth and higher standards of living in developing countries, generating resources and capturing them through ‘urban mining’ and multinationals’ desires for consistent standards and approaches. Russ also spoke in a panel discussion at the CEO Retreat to discuss resource recovery and product stewardship as part of developing sustainable cities. Again, collaboration was a key theme, and the GlobalPSC’s involvement has been sought for several fascinating projects in Asia. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as these projects unfold.

(L-R: Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman of India Center Foundation, regarding Indian Prime Minister Modi’s 100 Smart Cities Initiative; Russ Martin, GlobalPSC CEO; Sein-Way Tan, Chairman & Group CEO – Green World City Organisation and Ho Tong Yen, CEO of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, a flagship bilateral project between the governments of China and Singapore to create a model of sustainable urban development.)

 

The GlobalPSC recently collaborated with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), Australian and US-based parties to host a webinar  on battery product stewardship developments in the United States. The US is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management.

The webinar discussed the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), and outstanding challenges faced by US state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead.

Feedback from the webinar has been especially positive and we would like to thank all those that made it possible or otherwise participated. Free registration was provided for Australian residents thanks to our sponsors the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), TES-AMMQueensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Canon, in partnership with the GlobalPSC and PSI. Australians who missed this webinar can download the recording for free by contacting us. Follow-up questions and answers are also available.

 

Annual General Meeting

The GlobalPSC is holding its Annual General Meeting via webconference at 0700 Eastern Standard Time in Australia on Tuesday, 9 December 2014. Due to time zone differences, this equates to the following:

  • 2000 on Monday, 8 December in London
  • 1500 on Monday, 8 December in Boston and Toronto
  • 1400 on Monday, 8 December in Minneapolis
  • 1200 on Monday, 8 December in Vancouver

Email admin@globalpsc.net to register for participation in the AGM. While multiple representatives of member organisations are welcome to participate in the AGM, each organisation is entitled to one vote only. Participation details will be emailed to you once registered.

Items to be addressed during the AGM include:

  • President’s report on GlobalPSC activities during the last preceding financial year
  • Member feedback / Q&A on GlobalPSC member services
  • Financial statement
  • Election of office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

 

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

In accordance with the Rules of the GlobalPSC, nominations for office-holders and other Executive Committee positions are now open. Only paid-up full GlobalPSC members may nominate a candidate, or be nominated as a candidate.

The term of office of all currently elected GlobalPSC officers and Executive Committee members will expire at the conclusion of the AGM.  Nominations are called for the following positions (current office-holders are listed), to be in effect for one year:

The Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Scott CasselGarth Hickle and Ed Cordner. All current office-holders and Executive Committee members have opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC Rules.

Nominations for office-holders and committee members must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the GlobalPSC and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. Candidates will be required to provide a recent high-resolution digital photograph and a statement of no more than 100 words in support of their candidature.

Nominations should be emailed to russ@globalpsc.net by 1 December 2014.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – October 2014

Recycling in a Global Economy GlobalPSC TES-AMM Thought Leadership Forum

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members TES-AMMDellTechCollect and SERI staged a thought leadership forum earlier this week in Sydney featuring Adam Minter, the author of best-selling book Junkyard Planet. Adam’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Adam and other international experts.

We were also very pleased to announce a collaboration between the GlobalPSC and the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT Centre). In conjunction with Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre,  GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin announced that the GlobalPSC and its members will assist the SMaRT Centre in ensuring that their cutting-edge R&D has direct applicability to product stewardship and recycling. In exchange, the SMaRT Centre will share research findings with the GlobalPSC and its members through special workshops and forums, and provide direct opportunities for input.

(L-R: John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv Group; John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI; Anna Minns, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand; Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC;  Adam Minter, journalist and author of Junkyard Planet; Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and Australian Battery Recycling Initiative Chief Executive; Justin O’Sullivan, Executive Director – Sales Operations of Dell Australia; and Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre)

Questions addressed by Adam and the panel included:

  • How is economic growth in China driving demand for recycled materials?
  • How does the global trade in recyclable materials affect recycling in countries like the US and Australia?
  • How can we ensure responsible recycling practices, particularly for e-waste and plastics?
  • How do changing economic conditions both help and hurt recycling and reuse, especially for electronics?
  • What role will the informal sector play in the future of recycling?
  • What are the implications of global material flows for product stewardship?
  • What are incentives and drivers for incorporating Design for Environment and the circular economy in product stewardship?

Adam’s presentation will be made available to GlobalPSC members via our private Youtube channel and other materials from the forum will progressively be made available more broadly.

 

Webinar – Battery Stewardship Developments in the U.S. A Joint Government and Industry Regulatory Solution for Single Use + Rechargeable Batteries 

The United States is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management. This webinar will discuss the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, explore lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), and outstanding challenges faced by US state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead.

For more details, click here.

 

British Columbia Recycles its 15 Billionth Beverage Container at Encorp Pacific’s 20th Anniversary Event

British Columbia – The Hon. Mary Polak, M.L.A., Minister of Environment was recently on hand at the Queensborough Landing Return-It Depot in New Westminster to recycle British Columbia’s 15 billionth beverage container.

(L-R: British Columbia Minister of Environment Mary Polak with Scott Fraser, President & CEO of Encorp Pacific, recycling the province’s 15 billionth beverage container at the Queensborough Landing Return-It Depot in New Westminster.)

“This is a British Columbia success story about what can happen when we all work together for the greater good of the environment,” says Mary Polak, Minister of Environment. “A big congratulations to Encorp Pacific for the progress they’ve made, and to all British Columbians who have helped reach this milestone.”

“British Columbia is a North American leader when it comes to creating industry-led extended producer programs and Encorp Pacific is helping lead the way,” continued Minister Polak. “What a remarkable achievement for our province where 15 billion beverage containers have now been recycled.”

This event marked Encorp Pacific’s 20th anniversary as a not-for-profit product stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business.

“The success of our system for recycling beverage containers proves that millions of small acts can add up to a big win for the environment,” says Scott Fraser, President and CEO of Encorp Pacific. “Even with this extensive system though, British Columbia would not have one of the highest recycling rates in North America without consumers making the decision to do the right thing for the environment. British Columbians deserve a pat on the back for making a difference.”

See more here.

 

eWasteNZ Preliminary Report and Stakeholder Summary Available 

The first stakeholder workshop for the #eWasteNZ project was held 19 September 2014 in Auckland. Participants included 45 diverse stakeholders, plus the e-waste project team and representatives from the New Zealand Ministry for Environment (MfE). A high level summary of the workshop discussions and outcomes is now available.

Prior to the workshop, participating stakeholders had been sent the project’s Preliminary Report for background information and questions to be considered. During the workshop the project team summarised key issues and reviewed the questions from the Preliminary Report.

The next stage of the project will be to collate responses to the Preliminary Report previously issued to all stakeholders. These responses and the outcomes of Workshop 1 will help to inform the Draft Report. Comments on the Preliminary Report are due by Friday 14 November.

The #eWasteNZ project is being delivered through a partnership of companies, led and managed by SLR Consulting, with MS2 as technical lead and supported by Synergine and Equilibrium. MS2 is a Foundation Member of the GlobalPSC and Director Russ Martin also serves as our CEO.

For further project details, email ewasteNZ@slrconsulting.com.

 

Reciprocal Discounts on PSI and GlobalPSC Memberships 

The Product Stewardship Institute and Global Product Stewardship Council are offering 15% reciprocal membership discounts off the first year of membership. Current PSI partners receive a 15% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are eligible for a 15% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for. 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.

Email russ@globalpsc.net or rachel@productstewardship.us to take advantage of this offer. Considering joining both at the same time? We’ll help make sure the discounts apply to both memberships.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

  • Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) (Australia)
  • Encorp Pacific (Canada)
  • Community Recycling Network (CRN) (Australia)

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – September 2014

UNIDO and Dell Cooperate on E-waste Solutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America 

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying and implementing a sustainable solution model for e-waste management for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of discarded electronics by 2016, and twice that of developed regions by 2030.

The memorandum of understanding signed by UNIDO’s Director General LI Yong and Dell Inc.’s Executive Director of Sustainability David Lear (pictured with Jean Cox-Kearns, Director of Compliance – Dell Global Takeback), commits the two organizations to work together for a five-year period, with an option to extend the partnership. “Enabling recycling infrastructure in developing countries has significant benefits for the environment and local community, and facilitates Dell with the recovery of valuable resources currently being discarded. Together with UNIDO we will work to establish or up-scale facilities to operate environmentally sound management practices that meet international standards for e-waste recycling and further powers the circular economy for IT,” said Lear. Click here for more.

 

US Allows Take-back Options for Unwanted Medicines

New regulations by the US Drug Enforcement Administration encourage safe medicine disposal and expanded take-back opportunities at pharmacies and hospitals to address prescription drug abuse.

Patients and family members can also use pre-paid mail-back packages to return unwanted medicines.

The changes apply to controlled substances including opioid painkillers such as OxyContin, stimulants such as Adderall and depressants such as Ativan that previously could not legally be returned to pharmacies. Participation in the program will be voluntary. Click here for more.

 

Guest Blog – ACA and PaintCare: Driving a Post-Consumer Paint Solution 

Guest blogger Alison Keane, Vice President for Government Affairs with the American Coatings Association, is also the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Association’s PaintCare product stewardship organization.

Paint – when disposed of – is often the largest volume product collected by municipal household hazardous waste (HHW) programs: an estimated 10 percent of the more than 650 million gallons of architectural paint (paint used to coat the interior and exterior of houses and other structures) sold each year in the United States goes unused. Much, if not most, of this is latex – which is considered “non-hazardous” according to US EPA testing protocols. This paint is typically managed along with other products in HHW programs as a hazardous waste, which can be very costly. In addition, management of latex paint poses a challenge for many municipalities and counties because liquid latex paint cannot be disposed of as “mixed municipal solid waste” in the regular waste stream. Simply put, post-consumer paint collection is currently beyond the capacity of, and budgets for, many local governments.

However, latex paint has potential for recycling and diversion from landfills, and as such, the paint industry favors not regarding leftover paint as waste but rather as a resource that is meant to be completely used or reused. Thus, the paint industry supports and has championed an extended producer responsibility (EPR) or product stewardship approach, an approach that is increasingly being implemented in the United States and in other countries for other products. All participants in the life-cycle of a product have a role to play – manufacturers, retailers, consumers, and government. However, if producers are going to have the primary responsibility for the end-of-life management of their products, they must be given the ability to develop, own and operate the programs – and not simply be forced to fund current programs.

The American Coatings Association (ACA), after more than five years of promoting a model solution for post-consumer paint management, was instrumental in securing passage of the first-ever paint product stewardship law in the United States in the state of Oregon in July 2009. Since then, parallel legislation has been enacted in California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota, Maine, and Colorado. Click here for more.

 

Recycling in a Global Economy – GlobalPSC Thought Leadership Forum

Recycling in a Global Economy
SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney
9:00am to 1:00pm

The Global Product Stewardship Council and its members invite you to our latest thought leadership forum featuring Adam Minter, the author of best-selling book Junkyard Planet. Adam is a third-generation scrap dealer turned journalist who’s spent over a decade living in Asia, examining recycling practices first-hand and sharing his insights.

The GlobalPSC and electronics recycler TES-AMM are pleased to provide this first Australian opportunity to hear and meet Adam Minter. Adam’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Adam and other international experts on the implications of Adam’s insights for Australia. Join us to learn and discuss:

  • How is economic growth in China driving demand for recycled materials?
  • How does the global trade in recyclable materials affect recycling in countries like the US and Australia?
  • How can we ensure responsible recycling practices, particularly for e-waste and plastics?
  • How do changing economic conditions both help and hurt recycling and reuse, especially for electronics?
  • What role will the informal sector play in the future of recycling?
  • What are the implications of global material flows for product stewardship?
  • What are incentives and drivers for incorporating Design for Environment and the circular economy in product stewardship?

Proudly sponsored by TES-AMM, DellTechCollect and SERI. Click here for more details, including registration and payment information.

 

Guest Blog – E-waste Recycling in Developing and Emerging Economies: the Importance of Working with the Informal Sector 

Guest blogger Brett Giddings is currently undertaking a PhD at UNSW focussed on e-waste and is Manager, Member Services at the Australian Packaging Covenant.

The rate of ownership, and ultimately disposal of, electronic devices continues to increase year on year; the StEP Initiative estimating that 48.9 million tonnes of e-waste was produced worldwide in 2012, a figure that is set to increase to more than 65 million tonnes by 2017. At the same time, devices such as mobile phones, laptops and televisions are becoming increasingly complex and challenging to recycle at end-of-life. Recycling the mix of valuable materials within this growing heterogeneous waste stream is important, but simply collecting products from consumers does not ensure recovery.

Inevitably some e-waste is shipped to locations where the manual labour, often better suited to dismantling complex products, is more cost-effective and within closer proximity to the manufacturers that will ultimately use the materials recovered. On face value, it is difficult for the public to support e-waste flows to these markets. While the situation is reported to be improving, the environmental and health impacts associated with poor e-waste recycling practices employed by the informal sector are well-documented, legitimate concerns with a quick Google search conjuring up images of youths burning PVC sheaths from copper wires and factory workers sitting in piles of broken CRT TVs and monitors.

Parallel to regulatory responses to these impacts is a growth in industry-lead supply chain transparency and certification, yet still the flows of waste (at times illegally) continue, and ultimately find their way to the informal sector. There have been many calls to stop the export of e-waste to regions that involve the informal sector, however there are inherent social benefits and value creation opportunities that should be considered and accounted for. These include the dramatic rises in ownership of refurbished electronic devices in these regions and the resultant social benefits that this access affords. At the same time, the developing world is producing its own increasing volumes of e-waste, with China now outstripping even the US in terms of total tonnes of e-waste produced each year. “Cutting and running”, as with many complex supply chain problems, is not the answer. Click here for more.

 

FluoroCycle Gains Voluntary Product Stewardship Accreditation

Sydney, Australia – Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has announced that FluoroCycle has been formally accredited by the Federal Government as Australia’s second voluntary product stewardship scheme under the Product Stewardship Act 2011.

Under FluoroCycle, organisations from the commercial and public lighting sectors (producers of 90 percent of waste lamps) commit to recycling their own mercury-containing lamps. FluoroCycle has 230 signatories including commercial users, building and facilities managers, government departments, recyclers and others involved in the recycling and re-use process. “Fluorocycle is a good example of shared responsibility in action: the big users of lamps undertake the safe recycling of the products they use and the lighting manufacturers and importers work together through Lighting Council Australia to operate the scheme,” said Minister Hunt.

 

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – August 2014

Recycling in a Global Economy – GlobalPSC Thought Leadership Forum

Recycling in a Global Economy
SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney
9:00am to 1:00pm

The Global Product Stewardship Council and its members invite you to our latest thought leadership forum featuring Adam Minter, the author of best-selling book Junkyard Planet. Adam is a third-generation scrap dealer turned journalist who’s spent over a decade living in Asia, examining recycling practices first-hand and sharing his insights.

The GlobalPSC and electronics recycler TES-AMM are pleased to provide this first Australian opportunity to hear and meet Adam Minter. Adam’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Adam and other international experts on the implications of Adam’s insights for Australia. Participants will include:

  • Anna Minns, General Manager TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand
  • John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI
  • Justin O’Sullivan, Executive Director – Sales Operations of Dell Australia
  • Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of SmaRT Centre, UNSW Australia
  • John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv Group and Product Stewardship Advisory Group member
  • Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and Australian Battery Recycling Initiative Chief Executive

Discussions will be facilitated by GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin.

Join us to learn and discuss:

  • How is economic growth in China driving demand for recycled materials?
  • How does the global trade in recyclable materials affect recycling in countries like the US and Australia?
  • How can we ensure responsible recycling practices, particularly for e-waste and plastics?
  • How do changing economic conditions both help and hurt recycling and reuse, especially for electronics?
  • What role will the informal sector play in the future of recycling?
  • What are the implications of global material flows for product stewardship?
  • What are incentives and drivers for incorporating Design for Environment and the circular economy in product stewardship?

Registrations are $275 (GST-incl) for non-members of the GlobalPSC and $125 (GST-incl) for GlobalPSC members. Registration and payment information is available here. A light lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

Proudly sponsored by TES-AMM, DellTechCollect and SERI.

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GlobalPSC Forms Advisory Group on Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility  

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At the Global Product Stewardship Council, we take pride in the breadth and depth of experience represented by our members and our extensive global network of those in the know. We regularly seek information and advice from a diverse range of experts across varying product types, regulatory perspectives and program experience. To help optimise these efforts, we recently announced the founding members of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group spanning Europe, Africa, North America and the Asia Pacific:

Brief profiles for GlobalPSC Advisory Group members are provided here.

The GlobalPSC will regularly canvass information and views from the Advisory Group, as we did recently in preparing  submissions to governments on proposed changes to product stewardship and extended producer responsibility frameworks in Nova Scotia and New Zealand. Neither submission has been made publicly available yet, but both are available in the members-only Knowledge Base under the Frameworks & Harmonisation tab.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – July 2014

GlobalPSC Forms Advisory Group on Product Stewardship and EPR

At the GlobalPSC, we take pride in the breadth and depth of experience represented by our members and our extensive global network of those in the know. We regularly seek information and advice from a diverse range of experts across varying product types, regulatory perspectives and program experience. It therefore gives us great pleasure to announce the founding members of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group spanning Europe, Africa, North America and the Asia Pacific.  Click here.

 

EU Launches New Green Growth Package and Amendments to Product-Specific Directives

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission launched its Green Growth package. The aim is to link waste policy with resource efficiency through the “circular economy” to reduce resource consumption, maximise reuse and recycling, and improve security of supply and create jobs by reprocessing waste materials within Europe.

The Commission is now proposing a target of 70% recycling and preparation for reuse by 2030 and a ban on the landfilling of recyclable materials by 2025. The Commission is also proposing some aspirational targets – reducing food waste by 30% between 2017 and 2026, and ending the landfilling of recoverable waste by 2030. The Commission is proposing to replace overall recovery targets (recycling, energy recovery, etc.) under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive with overall and material-specific targets for recycling and preparation for reuse. Click here.

 

New Zealand Developing National Scheme for Waste Electronics

New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment is progressing a national product stewardship scheme for waste electrical and electronic equipment (commonly referred to as e-waste or WEEE) for the country.

Drawing from international experience with WEEE and actively engaging with stakeholders in NZ and Australia will be essential to the project (which we’ll designate as #eWasteNZ or eWasteNZ where possible). Click here.

 

European Experience on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

The European Commission has developed guidance drawing on European experience with extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes. The report provides an overview of existing EPR schemes in the EU-28, examines their performance and reports on their cost-effectiveness (fees paid by producers vs. collection rates) by product type via 36 case studies. Click here.

 

MobileMuster Becomes Australia’s First Accredited Voluntary Product Stewardship Scheme

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Sydney, Australia – Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, has announced that MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling scheme, has been formally accredited by the Federal Government as Australia’s first voluntary product stewardship scheme under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Click here.

 

Recycling in a Global Economy – GlobalPSC Thought Leadership Forum

The GlobalPSC and its members invite you to our latest thought leadership forum featuring Adam Minter, the author of best-selling book Junkyard Planet. The GlobalPSC and electronics recycler TES-AMM are pleased to provide this first Australian opportunity to hear and meet Adam Minter. Adam’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Adam and other international experts on the implications of Adam’s insights for Australia. Click here.

 

Australian Report Shows Low Handheld Battery Recycling Rate

Australia has released a material flow analysis showing that handheld batteries are being recycled at a rate of only 2.7 per cent. Click here.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – June 2014

Packaging Product Stewardship One Focus of Clean Enviro Summit Singapore

In early June, the GlobalPSC and several of our members spoke on packaging product stewardship and recycling during the Clean Enviro Summit Singapore (CESS) at the request of Singapore’s National Environment Agency and event organisers. Collectively, the CESS, the World Cities Summit and the Singapore International Water Week attracted more than 20,000 participants from 118 countries.

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(Pictured L-R: Russ Martin of the GlobalPSC, Derek Stephenson of the Reclay Group, Joachim Quoden of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance, David Kiu of Unilever, Garth Hickle of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and GlobalPSC Executive Committee, and Dr Mervyn Jones of WRAP)

Product stewardship programs examined included those in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region. Opportunities for increasing packaging recycling rates, incorporating informal collections in developing countries and the roles of packaging in reducing food wastage and meeting consumer needs featured prominently in the discussions. Details will be made available in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

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StewardChoice Releases Draft Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. (a subsidiary of GlobalPSC Corporate Member Reclay StewardEdge) has released its draft stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia.

The competitive draft stewardship plan will offer producers an opportunity to fulfill their legal obligations, under the BC Recycling Regulation, to recover at least 75% of their packaging and printed paper in the marketplace.

 

Vermont Passes First Single-Use Battery Product Stewardship Program in U.S. 

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On 22 May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law Act 139, the first battery recycling law of its kind in the U.S.

Under Act 139, single-use battery manufacturers must plan, implement, and manage a statewide battery collection program by 1 January, 2016.

 

SERI Announces R2 Leader Program

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Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has announced the R2 Leader program, which is designed to support efforts by companies and organizations to advance the responsible reuse and recycling of used electronics.

A coalition of 10 partners including DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox provides the foundation for the R2 Leader program.

 

PVC Product Stewardship Program 2013 Results

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The Vinyl Council of Australia has launched the latest annual report for the Australian PVC industry members’ progress in meeting their voluntary Product Stewardship Program commitments across the PVC value chain in 2013.

The 2013 report highlights a significant increase in compliance with the Product Stewardship Program’s manufacturing commitments.

 

Queensland Becomes First GlobalPSC Sustaining Government Member

We are very pleased to announce that the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has upgraded its GlobalPSC membership to become our first Sustaining Government member.

The Department administers the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, which provides a framework for waste management and resource recovery in Queensland, Australia. Among other things, the Act provides for the development of product stewardship schemes for products of priority for Queensland. The Department also supports national product stewardship initiatives and provides the Secretariat support for the current program of work on the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme.

 

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GlobalPSC News – May 2014

GlobalPSC Seeks Member Views for Product Stewardship Policy Submissions – See more at: http://www.globalpsc.net/globalpsc-seeks-member-views-for-product-stewardship-policy-submissions/#sthash.DAClkUp4.dpuf

GlobalPSC Seeks Member Views for Product Stewardship Policies

The Global Product Stewardship Council is seeking the views of active GlobalPSC members to assist in the preparation of public submissions addressing proposed product stewardship policies in New Zealand and Nova Scotia. The GlobalPSC is also seeking Expressions of Interest from active GlobalPSC members for nomination to a GlobalPSC Advisory Group to provide direct input on GlobalPSC content and policies, including the planned submissions.

New Zealand has released a discussion paper on potential prioritisation for product stewardship under New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and opened consultation until 2 July 2014.

Nova Scotia has flagged possible product stewardship / extended producer responsibility for 24 product categories as part of proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations and opened consultation until 11 July 2014.

until 2 July 2014.
Consultation will be open until 2 July 2014.

Members are asked to email their views on the New Zealand and Nova Scotia discussion papers to the GlobalPSC by 10 June in order to allow time for compilation and drafting. Expressions of Interest for the Advisory Group are also welcome by 10 June, comprising brief biographies and interest in product stewardship not exceeding 800 words. Advisory Group members must be active GlobalPSC members, either as individuals or as part of a member organisation. Information on membership categories, benefits and registration is available here.

Contact GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin with any questions or comments.

 

StewardChoice Enterprises Announces Draft Stewardship Plan

StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. (a subsidiary of GlobalPSC Corporate Member Reclay StewardEdge) has announced from the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s annual Zero Waste Conference that it will publish a draft stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia this June.

The draft plan will undergo public consultations in the coming months, then be submitted for approval to the BC Ministry of Environment. New recycling services will commence, initially in multi-family residential buildings, once approved.

“We see this as an opportunity to provide producers with more choice while offering cost-effective solutions,” says Neil Hastie, Development Director  for StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. and GlobalPSC President. “We strongly believe that producers should have the ability to choose a preferred service when determining how to meet their regulatory obligations.”

More than 20% of multi-family buildings in British Columbia do not currently receive a producer funded recycling service.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at the following events:

  • WasteMET Asia, 2-4 June 2014 in Singapore
  • Global Forum on Environment: Promoting the Circular Economy – Extended Producer Responsibility, 17-19 June 2014 in Tokyo, Japan

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – April 2014

 

R2 Solutions has announced that Arrow Global Asset Disposition in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has become the first electronics recycler in South America to achieve R2 certification. “We are extremely pleased with the leadership that Arrow Global Asset Disposition has shown as the first R2 Certified facility in South America,” stated John Lingelbach, Executive Director of R2 Solutions, the non-profit organization that governs the R2 Standard.

“As use of personal electronic devices continues to rapidly increase around the world, so does the need for safe and sustainable recycling facilities. The challenge to protect workers and the environment while maximizing the recovery of valuable materials found in end-of-life electronics has never been greater – and Arrow has stepped up to the challenge. Arrow’s newly certified facility in Brazil is a tremendous development for the people of South America and the environment. We congratulate Arrow on this very important achievement.”

Developed through a transparent, consensus-based process, the goal of the R2 standard was to develop a voluntary, market-based mechanism for expanding and encouraging the use of best practices for electronics refurbishing and recycling. The “R2 Certified” designation signifies that companies have passed an annual, multi-day inspection by a third party certifying body and are found to be in conformance with all the requirements of the R2 standard.

 

Australian States Ramp Up Tyre Regulation in Parallel with Industry Product Stewardship

 

Several large Australian states are stepping up regulation of waste tyres in advance of the implementation of an industry-led product stewardship approach. Senior Government officials have told the GlobalPSC that they will do what is necessary to improve tyre management through regulation and work with industry to improve management systems in parallel with the pending industry scheme.

The Victorian Government today gazetted a waste management policy to ban the unsafe stockpiling of waste tyres, partly in response to new commitments by the New South Wales (NSW) Government to tighten regulatory controls on waste tyres.

“In contrast with NSW and South Australia, Victoria does not have effective regulatory requirements for the management of waste tyres,” said Victorian Environment Minister Ryan Smith MP. “Consequently, tyre stockpiles are growing rapidly and will be expected to increase as NSW strengthens its regulation of waste tyres”.

In introducing the policy without delay, Minister Smith highlighted the key risk of improper storage of waste tyres as fire resulting from arson, accidents or bushfires.

Premises that store the equivalent of more than 5,000 waste passenger vehicle tyres or more than 40 tonnes of waste tyres must only store tyres for purposes such as transfer, reprocessing or energy recovery and must store the tyres in ways that minimise the risk of fire. Minister Smith will formally announce the new policy at a conference tomorrow.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at the following events:

  • 40th Annual RCBC Zero Waste Conference, 28-30 May 2014 in Whistler, Canada
  • WasteMET Asia, 2-4 June 2014 in Singapore

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – March 2014

GlobalPSC Launches New Themes to be Explored with Members

Last week in Singapore, the GlobalPSC launched a series of themes to enable decision makers to more effectively draw upon international experience in product stewardship policy and to help raise the standards of recycling programs globally.

The roundtable discussions, hosted jointly by the GlobalPSC and Infoactiv at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, addressed a broad range of chemicals and products amongst key stakeholders including BASF, HP, Apple, Shell and CropLife Asia.

GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin provided a global overview of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs then launched the themes being examined by the GlobalPSC, which include:

  • Making meaningful comparisons between programs (especially for recycling rates and key performance measures)
  • The importance of responsible recycling
  • The future of product stewardship
  • Competition amongst producer responsibility organisations and service providers

The GlobalPSC will be refining and prioritising the themes in consultation with GlobalPSC members and sharing results through a variety of approaches, including GlobalPSC analysis, guest blogs (such as the recent guest blog on responsible recycling by R2 Solutions Board Member and former Senior Policy Advisor for the US EPA, Clare Lindsay) and social media, including discussions in LinkedIn. GlobalPSC members will be contacted over the next few weeks with specifics. These efforts will be assisted by product stewardship expert Marra Teasdale from her base in Singapore.

The Singapore roundtable was facilitated by Chris Mason and John Gertsakis from Infoactiv, and covered a range of key issues across the product life-cycle from Design for Environment and Cleaner Production through to product use and end-of-life management. Infoactiv’s focus during discussions was to explore the critical importance of regional priorities and cultural sensitivity given the diversity of countries and issues across the Asia Pacific region. The roundtable highlighted that the definition and application of Product Stewardship and EPR can vary dramatically mindful of context, culture and environmental priorities.

 

Emerging Global EPR Best Practices for Packaging

A new study of 11 international extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship programs for packaging and printed paper (PPP) has preliminarily identified a series of emerging global best practices to help optimize and harmonize solutions for managing packaging waste.

The report was led by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in association with PAC NEXT to help industry and government work together to find ways to reduce cost and regulatory complexity in existing and potential EPR programs for PPP.

“The preliminary findings of our research underscore what we at PSI have always believed: that, within the context of product stewardship, the most successful materials management programs often incorporate a combination of legislative and voluntary strategies,” said Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer of PSI and a member of the GlobalPSC Executive Committee. “The program summaries provided in this report offer a wealth of data for government agencies and industry groups around the world to evaluate, and we look forward to using this information as a springboard for critical stakeholder dialogues.”

The report examines EPR programs in Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia); Europe (Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom); and Australia. Based on an initial assessment of the data collected on these programs, PAC NEXT and PSI concluded that “the following attributes, when present together, can constitute a high performing EPR program:

  • The program covers residential, public, as well as industrial, commercial and institutional (IC+I) sources;
  • The program covers all material types (including printed paper);
  • The cost per ton is low;
  • Collection and recycling rates are high;
  • The value and quality of materials are high;
  • The program is convenient for residents and others;
  • Producers take full responsibility for post-consumer packaging management”.

“What this report has allowed us to do is develop an understanding of how EPR programs for packaging around the world operate – what they share in common, what they do different, what works, what could use some improvement,” said Jennifer Holliday, president of PSI’s board of directors. “It is our hope that these findings enable industry and government to collaborate on ways to harmonize packaging waste solutions.”

Also based on the data, PSI and PAC NEXT identified the following policies as “complementary to EPR, playing an important role in increasing the performance of packaging collection and recycling systems:

  • Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs;
  • Mandatory recycling requirements;
  • Landfill bans for recyclable materials; and
  • Container deposit programs”.

The GlobalPSC provided program analysis in support of the study.

 

First Year Outcomes for Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Australia has released a report on the first year outcomes of its National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS or Scheme).

Reports have also been made publicly available for the three approved co-regulatory arrangements that were operational in 2012–13: DHL Supply Chain (Australia) Pty Limited, the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited (ANZRP) and E-Cycle Solutions Pty Ltd. Two of the three approved co-regulatory arrangements, DHL Supply Chain and TechCollect/ANZRP, are GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate members.

According to the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment, a Government member of the GlobalPSC:

“A total of 635 collection services, including drop off points at major electronics retailers and local government and other waste facilities, as well as temporary collection events, were provided by the three co-regulatory arrangements between the commencement of the Scheme and the end of June 2013.

“An estimated total of 137,756 tonnes of televisions and computers reached end of life in Australia in 2012–13. Industry’s target under the scheme was to recycle 30 per cent of this amount, or 41,327 tonnes. A total of 40,813 tonnes of recycling was achieved, equivalent to 98.8 per cent of the scheme target and almost double the estimated level of recycling prior to the scheme’s introduction. DHL Supply Chain and E-Cycle Solutions exceeded their recycling targets, while ANZRP fell short of its recycling target. E-waste not covered by the scheme target remained the responsibility of state, territory and local governments. National data is not available on the amount of e-waste recycling that occurred outside the scheme in 2012–13.”

 

Report: Cost-Benefit Study of Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging and Printed Paper

A cost-benefit study conducted for Recycling Reinvented by Reclay StewardEdge has estimated the total cost of an extended producer responsibility (EPR) model system for consumer packaging and printed paper (PPP) in the US state of Minnesota at US$74.2 million, or an average of US$117 per ton of PPP recycled under the program. System costs for Minnesota’s residential recycling in 2011 are estimated to range between US$61 million and US$74 million, or US$149-182 per ton collected. According to the report, the “estimates suggest that the modeled EPR system could result in a substantial increase in projected tons of consumer PPP collected within approximately the same spending range as under the current system”.

A previous report in the three report series showed that Minnesota could see a 32% increase in recycling of PPP by using an EPR model incorporating harmonization of materials collection, increased single-stream collection, slightly more curbside collection, and an away-from-home recycling program. A statewide recycling rate of 61% could be achieved for recyclable consumer PPP, and a higher rate is possible for household PPP.

The study modeled the effects of EPR in a single state using state-specific data, but Recycling Reinvented hope that the methodology and analysis findings will have broader applicability. The goal of the study is to help advance the national dialogue on how to achieve higher recycling rates, greater system efficiency, and sustainably financed recycling programs.

The first working paper in the series presented the study design, guiding principles, and assumptions. The website MarketBasedRecycling.com was created to house all details of the study for more in-depth information.

Although commissioned by Recycling Reinvented, the study was designed to be objective, rigorous, and transparent. It included an extensive review process by over two dozen experts from industry, non-governmental organizations, education and policy.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at the following events:

  • 40th Annual RCBC Zero Waste Conference, 28-30 May 2014 in Whistler, Canada
  • WasteMET Asia, 2-4 June 2014 in Singapore

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

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