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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

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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.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

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.

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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.

GlobalPSC News – February 2014

Vinyl Council Product Stewardship Program Review

The Vinyl Council of Australia, with input from stakeholders, has undertaken a second five year review of the Product Stewardship Program to evaluate the Program’s effectiveness, focusing on the past five years 2007-2012.

The review identifies future challenges for product stewardship in the PVC industry and proposes recommendations for ongoing Program development.

The review has found that Signatories have made effective and measurable progress over the past five years in implementing the Product Stewardship Program. A number of milestones have been achieved, despite the make-up of the Signatory base changing in that period, with a larger proportion of businesses importing PVC products, and more small businesses participating.

The progress made by Signatories against the commitments of the Program provides a strong foundation for the future. Nevertheless, the Vinyl Council and industry participants recognise that this is a journey and both the Program and the industry need to evolve to meet current and future challenges. A number of recommendations have been determined from the review, with the intention of updating and strengthening the Program to ensure it delivers effective improvements in an open and transparent way.

The Program will remain a relevant mechanism for the achievement of the industry’s sustainability goals. Download the report here.

 

 

Annalisa Casino, leader of GlobalPSC member Stewardship Italia, has just published a new book on stewardship. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin was invited to contribute the preface to the book.

The book is the first Italian text on the subject and explores the application of the concept of stewardship through an overview of its main areas of application: from product stewardship to the function of stewardship adopted by the World Health Organization, from the standards of paper and marine certification to antibiotic stewardship and management. The book also presents case studies of the experiences of stewardship in areas such as ethics / caring, relational ethics and social innovation of the professions.

According to Annalisa, the “objective of this work is to reconstruct the history of a model that attempts to reconcile the differences between a corporate approach to an ethical, psychological, sociological and motivational approach”.

Published in Italian, Stewardship, policies and practices for ethical management of resources is available here.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

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

At this event, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC News – January 2014

Australia Launches National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme

An industry-led national product stewardship scheme for used tyres has been launched by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Minister for the Environment.

Around 48 million tyres reach their end of life each year in Australia; most of these are landfilled, stockpiled, exported or illegally dumped.

The tyre industry has established Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) to administer the new scheme. Initial funding has been provided by Continental, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama. Supply chain commitments support environmentally sound end of life management of tyres and will be underpinned by an audit program and education products on best practices.

New technologies and means of developing stronger domestic markets for tyre-derived products to strengthen the demand for local tyre recycling will also be pursued through the Scheme.

The media release in which Minister Hunt announced the launch is available here. Additional information from the Australian Government on the development of product stewardship for tyres is available here.

 

Handheld Battery Product Stewardship Project Update

The Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) formed to support the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme for Australia has released their first project communique. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection leads the development of the scheme and provides Secretariat support for the BIWG. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin serves as the Independent Chair.

The BIWG comprises representation from:

Retailers, brand owners, battery manufacturers and other stakeholders have been invited to participate during the development of the scheme. The GlobalPSC has been active in the scheme’s development, including stakeholder consultations and gaining overseas perspectives from experts at Call2Recycle, Energizer and P&G. GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2 led the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship on behalf of SV.

The BIWG is developing a discussion paper on key issues for the design of the product stewardship scheme, including objectives, principles, scope, management, funding, targets and performance indicators. The first draft of this paper will be presented to jurisdictions and broader stakeholders 19 February in Canberra.

 

Report: Minnesota Could Cost-Effectively Increase Consumer Packaging and Printed Paper Recycling 32% Through Producer Responsibility

A newly released report shows that the US state of Minnesota could see a 32% increase in recycling of consumer packaging and printed paper (PPP) by using an Extended Producer Responsibility (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 model approach would cost approximately US$72 million, compared to estimated current household spending on recycling of US$61-$74 million. Future efficiency improvements at material recovery facilities could provide an additional savings of US$10 million annually.

GlobalPSC members were integral to the report’s development, with Recycling Reinvented commissioning Reclay StewardEdge to conduct the study, accompanying appendix and related efforts.

“Many advocates, both for and against, are making arguments based on theory or models from other countries that have implemented EPR for packaging and printed paper but no one has yet to do a truly data-rich analysis of how a system designed uniquely for America could work. We commissioned this study to ensure that business, environmental and legislative stakeholders can consider the issue from an informed position.” said Paul Gardner, Recycling Reinvented’s executive director, in an accompanying media release.

 

Ontario Seeks Input on Future Direction for WEEE/E-scrap

Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has reported in a recent program update  that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship has collected more than 230,000 tonnes of WEEE since the program began in April 2009. WDO is seeking input on key areas identified for improvement by stakeholders, including targets and metrics; harmonization; recycling standards; the WEEE market outside of the program; program communications; and reuse.

 

The final report on a waste trade paint trial in the Australian state of Victoria is now available. The trial was led by two Global Product Stewardship Council members, Sustainability Victoria (SV) and the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF).
From 31 March through to 31 August 2013, service provider Toxfree partnered with SV, APMF and the Master Painters Association to conduct the ‘PaintCare’ trial at six existing Detox Your Home sites for the purpose of collecting, managing and disposing of waste trade paint and providing previously unknown data on the potential volume of unwanted trade paint in the trade community, as well as behaviour patterns of participating trade painters.

A total of 127.6 tonnes was collected and processed during the trial. Comparison of sales and recovery data provides an indication of a time lag between purchase and disposal. The data also shows that a higher rate of water-based paints will be likely in future collections.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

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

At this event, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC 2013 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

2013 was an especially active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council, with a significant expansion in membership, further program research and facilitation, and expanded outreach in Asia and North America. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2013 highlights include the following.

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Expanded Knowledge Base featuring members-only access to targeted analysis, research, presentations and other information
  • Invitation-only and complimentary-registration events featuring international experts
  • Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in Taiwan, Singapore, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
  • Brought global leaders on product-specific producer responsibility collection and reprocessing initiatives together to help identify and learn from international best practice to assist Australia’s efforts to develop national product stewardship approaches for batteries, paint and other materials
  • Research and advice on the Case for Voluntary Paint Stewardship for Sustainability Victoria
  • Input on the Business and Public Policy Case for Battery Stewardship (Handheld Batteries) report for Sustainability Victoria
  • Conducted product stewardship study tours of recycling programs for electronics and plastics in Taiwan, Singapore, the US and Canada

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2013 possible, especially our members, speakers and attendees at GlobalPSC events.

We’d also like to extend our best wishes over the holidays and wish you a happy and prosperous 2014.

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