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:
- Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Queensland)
- Australian Battery Recycling Initiative
- Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association
- Australian Industry Group
- Australian Information Industry Association
- Australian Mobile Telecommunication Association
- Department of the Environment (Commonwealth)
- Sustainability Victoria (SV)
- Australian Local Government Association
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.Tags: Asia Pacific, Australia, Australian Battery Recycling Initiative, Australian Industry Group, Australian Information Industry Association, Australian Local Government Association, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, batteries, BIWG, Call2Recycle, Chair, consultation, Consumer Electronics Suppliers Association, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of the Environment, Energizer, Global Product Stewardship Council, GlobalPSC, handheld batteries, Implementation Working Group, Independent Chair, IWG, P&G, producer responsibility, product stewardship, Queensland, Russ Martin, Sustainability Victoria