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Australia Reports 63.8% Recycling Rate for Packaging in 2012

 

 

 

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) has announced that the overall recycling rate for post-consumer packaging in Australia is 63.8% for 2012. Collaborative product stewardship actions have led to this considerable improvement in the recycling rate from the 39% baseline established in 2003. The establishment of the Packaging Covenant itself has had a direct contribution to the increased national recycling rate. APC funded projects have accounted for up to 32.4% of the overall increase in recycling tonnes from 2005-2012. There have been increases in recycling tonnes for all but one material type. Additional information is available here.

GlobalPSC News – January 2013

11 European Producer Responsibility Organizations Release Manifesto on EPR Principles for Packaging

Packaging producer responsibility organizations (PROs) from eleven European countries have issued a joint manifesto for achieving successful extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

The manifesto and associated media release were published on 18 January, 2013.

The eleven organizations represented are: CONAI (Italy), EcoEmbes (Spain), Ecopack Bulgaria, ECO-ROM Ambalaje (Romania), EKO-KOM (Czech Republic), Envipak (Slovakia), Fost Plus (Belgium), Green Dot Cyprus, Greenpak (Malta), Nedvang (the Netherlands) and Valorlux (Luxembourg).

The manifesto focuses on household packaging and includes five key principles:

  • EPR organizations should be owned by the obliged companies and run on a not for profit basis.
  • There needs to be strong governmental support and monitoring.
  • There are many advantages of having one rather than multiple organizations in each country.
  • The EPR organization needs to be set up in a way that ensures sustainable financing.
  • The EPR organization should contribute to packaging optimization and waste prevention.

A new association will be launched in spring 2013 in Brussels to carry out the EPR principles outlined in the manifesto. The participating PROs seek industry support of the EPR principles.

Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Programs

The Australian Government has released legislative instruments for the accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements.  The Product Stewardship (Voluntary Arrangements) Instrument 2012, which sets out the requirements and conditions for accreditation and came into effect on 27 November 2012, is available here. The Product Stewardship Regulation 2012, which sets out the fees and fee structure for accreditation and came into effect on 24 November 2012, is available here. Explanatory statements for each are available at the links provided.

Further information on the consultations undertaken is available on the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website. Guidelines to accompany the application form for accreditation are currently being drafted.

Questions may be forwarded to wastepolicy@environment.gov.au.

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

ARCOA

RED Group

British Columbia Ministry of Environment

Mai-Wel E-Cycling Services

Joachim Quoden Law Firm

GlobalPSC 2012 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

2012 was a pretty active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2012 highlights include:

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Expanded our Knowledge Base and developed a new program database for GlobalPSC members
  • Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:
    • converted our website to WordPress to better share information
    • developed a newsletter with general articles as well as more detailed information for GlobalPSC members
    • created member profiles
    • an email distribution list of over 400 interested parties
    • discussions with over 670 members from 37 countries in a public forum on LinkedIn
    • increased presence through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and our home page

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011
  • Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
  • Started facilitating business case, public policy rationale and stakeholder engagement for paint and battery product stewardship initiatives for Sustainability Victoria
  • Facilitated and posted a video on the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally
  • Conducted a sustainable packaging breakfast series with the Sustainable Packaging Alliance

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2012 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 2013.

GlobalPSC News – November 2012

This month’s GlobalPSC News highlights recent site visits to electronics recycling facilities in China and Asia, and proceedings from the recent Electronics Recycling Asia event in Guangzhou, China. Detailed information is available for GlobalPSC members that log in via the Members tab at globalpsc.net. In addition, we provide information on the new product stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia, Canada, and highlight new members and member profiles.

Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) has posted its Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan and other information describing how it will collect and recycle PPP in British Columbia. MMBC submitted the PPP Stewardship Plan to the Ministry of Environment on 19 November, 2012.

MMBC previously sought feedback on a draft plan and invited interested parties to submit comments. Details are available here. The draft stewardship plan is available here and a summary of the consultation process is available here.

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Vinyl Council of Australia

Zero Waste SA

Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation Inc.

Planet Ark

Event Update from the GlobalPSC team

WasteMINZ Conference, 16-19 October in Hamilton, New Zealand

The theme of this years’ WasteMINZ Conference is Challenge, Change and Collaboration. It is about recognising the many challenges our industry faces in these times of significant fiscal and resource constraint and ensuring we plan smartly for the inevitable societal, legislative and policy changes ahead. We want to actively explore how government, the private sector and communities can work collaboratively to address these issues.

Click here for more information

 

Zero Waste Summit 22-23 October in Melbourne

The Zero Waste Summit has grown to become one of the most important annual waste sector events in Australia and is returning for the fourth year for an open exchange of strategies for resource recovery and waste diversion to landfill.

Click here to find out more details about the event

 

Sydney & Melbourne Round Tables on Sustainable Packaging

The Global Product Stewardship Council and Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA) are hosting a series of Round Tables on Sustainable Packaging in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Round Tables are designed to give industry and stakeholders the opportunity to learn of new developments and discuss issues affecting the packaging sector.

Click here for more information

 

Electronics Recycling Asia November 13 -16, Guangzhou, China

The Global Product Stewardship Council has been invited to speak at the Electronics Recycling Asia event November 13 – 16, 2012 in Guangzhou, China, and is partnering with event organisers. The conference brochure is available here.

During the conference, leading recycling experts from around the world – including manufacturers, collectors, processors, steelmakers, legislators and policy-makers

Click here for more information

 

Product Stewardship Panel at Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo 22 November

The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to be partnering with the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) to hold a panel discussion on product stewardship implementation.

The panel will help attendees understand some of the opportunities and challenges of product stewardship, with particular emphasis on Australia’s new TV and computer recycling scheme.

The AWRE is taking place 21 and 22 November at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

Click here for more information

 

Special offers to GlobalPSC members

GlobalPSC members receive discounts to all of these events except for Electronics Recycling Asia. If you require any assistance or further information regarding discounts, please contact Russ Martin – russ@globalpsc.net

What are the implications of product stewardship? Find out in one week!

The Global Product Stewardship Council is bringing experts on product stewardship policies and programs together to provide a practical product stewardship implementation workshop on 24 July in conjunction with the Enviro 2012 Conference & Exhibition in Adelaide, Australia.

Australia’s new Product Stewardship Act provides a policy framework for voluntary, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship programs. What are the implications? What are the opportunities and risks for your organisation?

Following keynote presentations providing international and domestic context, content will be targeted through short presentations and facilitated panel discussions in order to maximise opportunities for interaction and learning.

International experts will provide insight to overseas experience and commercial drivers for product stewardship and producer responsibility. Federal and state policy makers will provide context and address program expectations. Managers of existing programs will share practical insights and challenges of program implementation. Managers of new programs will address recovery, access, logistics, finance and other aspects of pending programs for collecting TVs, computers, other electronics and other products through product stewardship.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Confirmed panel speakers include:

  • Vaughan Levitzke, Chief Executive of Zero Waste SA;
  • John Polhill, Product Stewardship Specialist – Waste Strategy of Sustainability Victoria;
  • Carmel Dollisson, General Manager of Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Ltd;
  • Peter Bruce, Senior Director – Service Parts Logistics of DHL Supply Chain;
  • Rose Read, Manager, Recycling of MobileMuster;
  • Ed George of Plasback;
  • Greg Leslie, Battery World franchisee recycling spokesperson; and
  • Lorraine Lilley, Project Manager of the FluoroCycle Scheme.

Panel discussions will be facilitated by Helen Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative and Russ Martin, GlobalPSC President.

GlobalPSC members receive discounted registration rates for the workshop and a 10% discount off Enviro Conference delegate registrations. Registration details are available here.

Sponsors include:

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact russ@globalpsc.net.

Hyperlinked organisations are all GlobalPSC members.

Contrary to a recent email reminder from Enviro 2012, the workshop will not address the issue of container deposits. The workshop will, however, address various electronics, including TVs, computers and mobile phones, as well as other products such as batteries, fluorescent bulbs and agricultural chemicals and chemical containers.

Making the Most of GlobalPSC Membership

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The Global Product Stewardship Council has compiled a convenient guide to ensure that GlobalPSC members or groups considering becoming members can make the most of partnering with the GlobalPSC. The guide covers benefits of membership, current statistics, promotional opportunities, themes being examined and practical guidance on leveraging membership. Click here to access the guide.

Important News for GlobalPSC Members

Dear Global Product Stewardship Council member,

We would like to thank you for your support of the GlobalPSC and let you know of some important upcoming changes that are intended to help ensure you have ongoing value from your membership.

We have upgraded our website to better enable us to share meaningful information.

Member profiles can now be more actively promoted. Current profiles are available here. We urge GlobalPSC members that have not already been profiled to email us and ensure program information and any social media contact details are up to date so we can prepare the profile. We can also update the profiles, so please advise us of any changes you would like to make.

We will also be publishing a regular GlobalPSC newsletter as a service to our members and a supplement to our social media updates. We intend to issue these newsletters roughly once per month.

We will examine new developments in product stewardship and feature one product type or program. Events that the GlobalPSC is hosting, presenting at or otherwise supports will also be featured. See below for a summary of currently planned events.

GlobalPSC newsletters will provide some information we make publicly available as well as some information that current members can click to access in greater detail. All members are provided access when joining the GlobalPSC and your login details will be the basis for accessing additional information from the newsletter.

Please follow the test link below to ensure that you will have access to this information.

In addition to the items you can currently access through our members-only Knowledge Base, we are actively compiling a database of product stewardship and producer responsibility programs. Details will be forthcoming. Feel free to contact us to share information about your own program or to request research on a particular program or topic.

As always, we appreciate your ongoing support.

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