GlobalPSC News – October 2016
Posted by GlobalPSC on Uncategorized at 9:27 pm, October 31st, 2016Comments0
Message from the CEO
Our recent activities have reinforced not only the maturity and diversity of a broad range of international product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs, but their potential for new and improved efforts and increased efficiency.
At the recent International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia, I provided an overview of global trends and participated in discussions on good governance and EPR in conjunction with the OECD, European Commission and Estonian and Portuguese Ministries for Environment. Several sessions were moderated by GlobalPSC Advisory Group member Joachim Quoden, and reflected a great deal of interest from participants not normally active in product stewardship and EPR.
Novi Sad also saw the official launch of the OECD’s updated guidelines on EPR, which provide a solid overview of product stewardship and EPR programs and frameworks with which to judge and improve their effectiveness.
Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of the OECD, officially launches the OECD’s updated guidelines on EPR.
In conjunction with the trip, I was fortunate to have a range of site visits and meetings with GlobalPSC members and other parties interested on current and emerging issues.
Visits in the UK featured several of our members, including Perchards and site visits of electronics reuse and recycling operations with ITR Global.
Meetings in Paris included French EPR systems for sharps (DASTRI), packaging (Eco-Emballages and Adelphe), electronics (Eco-systemes) and unwanted medicines (Cyclamed) as well as the OECD and the French EPR Commission.
I would personally like to thank all the senior representatives of these organisations that gave their time so freely. We’re writing up highlights and reviewing them with the participants for accuracy in order to make them available for GlobalPSC members.
As soon as we can, we’ll keep you posted on several new projects that we can’t wait to share and provide an update on EPR implementation in Chile via our Chilean member Valoryza. GlobalPSC members will be receiving members-only news updates via email and Twitter.
TIC Group recently opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility in Melbourne. The facility uses state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands and deconstructs mattresses with recovery and recycling rates of up to 85% (and an objective of increasing this rate to 100%). For a video of launch highlights, please click on the article title above.
A second facility is being commissioned in the neighboring state of New South Wales that will be operational in 2017.
TIC Group’s efforts are intended to address the roughly one million mattresses ending up in landfill each year in Australia. Stacked on top of each other, that’s enough mattresses to reach the International Space Station.
TIC Group has partnered with social enterprise group Soft Landing to collect the mattresses from councils, transfer stations, retailers, hotels and hospitals.
(L-R: Rob Millard, CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group; Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change; Michael Warren, Managing Director of TIC Group Mattress Recycling; Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria)
Photos and supporting information provided by TIC Group via Equilibrium.