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Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

Posted by GlobalPSC in Packaging at 4:48 pm, November 6th, 2012

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) has posted its Draft Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan and other information describing how it will collect and recycle PPP in British Columbia. MMBC is currently seeking feedback on the draft plan and has invited interested parties to submit comments by 9 November. Details are available here. MMBC intends to submit the PPP Stewardship Plan to the Ministry of Environment on 19 November, 2012.

The draft stewardship plan is available here and MMBC’s presentation from a 29 October consultation workshop is available here.

Ramsey County Concerns About EPR Report

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 7:37 am, November 1st, 2012

In the Global Product Stewardship Council’s September 2012 newsletter, we highlighted duelling data and reports on the value of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for consumer packaging in the U.S. and shared more detailed analysis with GlobalPSC members. One of the programs examined, Ramsey County, Minnesota, has raised concerns about their treatment as a case study in one of the reports, so we are now providing their response to GlobalPSC members.

Evaluation of Extended Producer Responsibility for Consumer Packaging (“the SAIC report”) was prepared by SAIC for the Grocery Manufacturers Association and released in September 2012.

The letter provided by Ramsey County states that they “have concerns about this report, including:

  • The consultant’s process for including Ramsey County as a case study,
  • The potential implication that Ramsey County, a strong supporter of the concept of product stewardship/extended producer responsibility (EPR), supports the conclusions in this report against EPR,
  • A key conclusion that mentions Ramsey County and is not adequately supported, and
  • Incorrect or incomplete statements.”

The complete response has been posted in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

Global Developments in Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 3:47 pm, October 31st, 2012

On 22 October 2012, GlobalPSC President Russ Martin chaired Day 1 of the Zero Waste Summit in Melbourne, Australia, and presented on global developments in product stewardship. Russ’s presentation is now available to GlobalPSC members through the Knowledge Base.

The Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation Joins the GlobalPSC

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 9:52 am, October 29th, 2012






The Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation Incorporated (APMF) was established in 1947.  Today, its purpose is to represent and advance the interests of its members to ensure the sustainability of the Australian paint and surface coatings industry.  The industry produces some $2.5 billion worth of surface coating products and directly employees some 5,000 persons.  The APMF represents 48 companies and members account for over 90% of all paint manufactured in Australia.  It is a not-for-profit industry association.

In its Strategic Objectives 2012-14, the APMF has committed itself to work with the State Governments on initiatives to collect and treat waste domestic paint.

An industry-led pilot program, with Sustainability Victoria, to collect trade waste data and to examine the most efficient and environmentally sound ways to collect and treat waste paint, is scheduled to occur in 2013.

We are pleased to welcome the APMF as an industry association member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.


GlobalPSC Member Profile – Planet Ark

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 6:51 pm, October 11th, 2012

We are pleased to welcome Planet Ark as the latest environmental NGO member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation unites people, business and government to create environmental change through engaging and practical solutions.

Planet Ark has been active in the recycling and product stewardship space since being founded in 1992. The success of the innovative ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark’ program is one of Planet Ark’s key achievements to date. This voluntary extended producer responsibility program brings together a group of committed original equipment manufacturers, and it has recycled over 19 million used printer cartridges in 10 years. Planet Ark is an active promoter of other product stewardship schemes in Australia, particularly through the website.

Planet Ark endeavours to facilitate new product stewardship and recycling programs, particularly for materials where few recycling options are currently available. Most recently, Planet Ark has worked to secure more recycling options for consumer batteries, and is an active member of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative.

Recycling in BC: Public Sector Accountability Meets Private Sector Know-How

Posted by GlobalPSC in Guest Blogs at 8:22 pm, October 8th, 2012

The Global Product Stewardship Council will periodically invite thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. This guest blog is by Sandy Sigmund, Vice President, Development & CMO, Encorp Pacific (Canada). Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a Global Product Stewardship Council Foundation Member. 

The province of British Columbia, in July this year, attained the highest score nationally from Extended Producer Responsibility Canada (EPR Canada) for measures making producers wholly responsible for recycling end-of-life product and packaging waste. EPR Canada ranked each jurisdiction by evaluating federal, provincial and territorial EPR policies and programs in place or pending by the end of last year.

“BC is seriously committed to the principles of reducing the amount of waste we produce,” said Terry Lake, BC’s Minister of the Environment. “We’ve worked hard for years to create policies that put responsibility fully in the hands of producers and consumers and we assess our progress continually to take stock of how we are doing and what more we can do”.

The BC Recycling Regulation, a flexible, performance-based regulatory framework within which to operate comes under the authority of the Environmental Management Act and shifts taxpayer-funded responsibility for managing end-of-life products and packaging to producers and consumers.

Not-for-profit stewardship agencies, developed by industry to collect and recycle products at end-of-life, implement industry developed and government approved plans. British Columbians divert close to 20,000 metric tonnes of electronics, 2 million litres of hazardous household waste, 40,000 tonnes of scrap tires and over 1 billion beverage containers from landfills a year. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from these programs is equivalent to removing more than 73,000 cars from BC’s roads annually.

The Stewardship Agencies of BC (SABC) emerged as a voluntary council for stewardship agencies and programs. Each regulated product’s manufacturer, distributor or brand owner develops a product stewardship plan and implements a program to collect and recycle their products through SABC.

“After more than 18 years in operation, we have demonstrated that the industry self-managed model meets or exceeds expectations of most stakeholders”, says Neil Hastie, President and CEO, Encorp (Pacific) Canada. He adds, “We recover 80% of all the beverage containers sold in BC and operate without any form of subsidy from any level of government.”

SABC members include Encorp Pacific (Canada), Brewers Distributors Limited, Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), Recycle My Cell, ElectroRecycle, LightRecycle, Switch The ‘Stat, Call2Recycle, BC Used Oil Association (BCUOMA), Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC), Product Care Association, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada and the Post Consumer Pharmaceutical Stewardship Association. For more information about the SABC and the products recycled go to

Encorp Pacific (Canada), one of the largest stewardship agencies, was launched in 1994 to create a province-wide network of industry owned and operated beverage recycling depots; within 4 years 125 were established. The unique structure and flexibility of Encorp allows the agency to concentrate on managing collection and recycling programs while ensuring that stakeholder and consumer interests are addressed. Today, Encorp has a network of 180 independently owned Return It™ depots, mobile collectors, and has contracted 33 partners in transportation and 17 in processing. The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) and the BC Dairy Council (BCDC) have contracted Encorp to manage their respective collection operations by utilizing Encorp’s existing Return It™ depots.

“Each year our network of owners invest in new locations and upgrades all in keeping with our commitment to enhance the appeal and customer service for our citizens who are doing their part by returning containers for recycling”, says Neil Hastie. He adds, “Encorp combines private-sector efficiencies with a high degree of public-sector transparency and accountability. This transparency provides the public and all interested parties with information about its mission, key objectives, operational and financial performance as well as consumer awareness and educational programs.”

A driving force behind product stewardship is growth. Soon SABC, government and consumers are about to do the next big thing. Governing Boards of the 13 stewardship agencies operating in BC are anticipating the addition of packaging and printed paper to the Recycling Regulation, moving responsibility for recycling these items from municipalities to industry. Industry, municipalities and stakeholders will decide the type of program that will fit their communities, but one model may have municipalities acting as a service provider and to continue collecting through curbside recycling programs.

BC’s Stewardship agencies have demonstrated the benefits in merging public sector accountability with private sector know how, and while we welcome the kudos from EPR Canada, we hope that the Scorecard motivates all jurisdictions to our shared aspiration of fewer new landfill sites and the reduction of energy needed to produce new products from raw materials.

Sandy Sigmund is Vice President, Development & CMO, Encorp Pacific (Canada).

GlobalPSC and PSI Extend Discounted Membership Opportunity!

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 1:20 pm, September 29th, 2012




After a successful trial period, the Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) and Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) are pleased to extend reciprocal 20% discounts on memberships and partnerships for another year.

What this means

From now through September 2013, current PSI partners will receive a 20% discount when signing up for GlobalPSC membership, and current GlobalPSC members will receive a 20% discount when joining PSI. It’s that simple!

What’s more, new applicants interested in joining both PSI and GlobalPSC may take advantage of both discounts.

About Global PSC and PSI

The GlobalPSC is an independent, nonprofit, membership-based association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship. The GlobalPSC provides an online clearinghouse for product stewardship, as well as opportunities to lead product stewardship efforts and join a growing, global network of product stewardship leaders. Members span six countries and include businesses of all sizes, NGOs, and governments at federal, state, provincial, and local levels.

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the health and environmental impacts of consumer products at the end of their useful lives. PSI brings together key stakeholders with conflicting interests to develop product end-of-life solutions in a collaborative manner, with a focus on having manufacturers assume primary financial and managerial responsibility. With a robust membership base of 47 state governments and over 200 local governments, as well as partnerships with more than 75 companies, organizations, universities, and non-U.S. governments, PSI advances both voluntary programs and legislation to promote industry-led product stewardship initiatives.

Both the GlobalPSC and PSI assist with the development of effective product stewardship schemes through the facilitation of stakeholder discussions and the objective sharing of information.

Benefits to You

GlobalPSC and PSI provide complimentary benefits to their members and partners. These include public recognition and promotion, access to cutting-edge information and market influencers, networking opportunities, and the chance to help shape policies internationally.

For more information, please visit or To take advantage of this special offer right now, email or

PSI Webinars and Discounts for GlobalPSC Members

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 10:02 am, September 28th, 2012

The Product Stewardship Institute is providing all GlobalPSC Members with a special discount rate to participate in the webinar: “The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performing Product Stewardship Programs.”

GlobalPSC members may register for US$90 (a 25% discount on the regular rate). Please note your GlobalPSC membership affiliation on the registration page to take advantage of this opportunity!

For GlobalPSC members who unable to attend live, the webinar recording will be available for US$65. See the PSI website for more information.

The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performing Product Stewardship Programs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
(10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT)

How are the roles of government and industry best divided in order to achieve the highest levels of performance in product stewardship programs? This question, first considered during PSI’s 13th webinar series, will be explored on a deeper level in this interactive webinar sequel. Government, business, and academic perspectives will be presented on the proper role of government in product stewardship programs, and whether key program principles, such as transparency and accountability, are best attained through voluntary, mandatory, or hybrid programs that encompass elements from both approaches. On this webinar, presenters will analyze a range of voluntary and regulated programs in relation to their performance and effectiveness in increasing collection and recycling rates, educating consumers, containing costs, and minimizing free riders. Speakers will also elaborate on the performance measures they see as most effective. Ample opportunity for audience participation will also be provided. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Global Product Stewardship Council.


  • Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Alison Keane, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Coatings Association
  • Reid Lifset, Associate Director, Industrial Environmental Mgmt. Program, Yale University
  • Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council
  • Fenton Rood, Director of Waste Systems Planning, OK Department of Environmental Quality
  • Neg Norton, President, Local Search Association (Invited)

This webinar is co-sponsored by:


Additional webinars in this series:

Webinar Fees and Registration Information

  • Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay US$90 per webinar
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay US$120 per webinar

Questions? Contact Julia Jonas-Day, PSI’s Program Associate at, or +1-617-236-4771.

Product Stewardship Institute


AgStewardship Australia’s drumMUSTER Program Collects Its 20 Millionth Drum

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 1:53 pm, September 19th, 2012






AgStewardship Australia’s drumMUSTER program has recently collected its 20 millionth drum. Background on this milestone is available here. More detailed information on drumMUSTER and the 20 millionth drum is available here.

AgStewardship Australia is a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. We greatly appreciate their involvement and congratulate them on their ongoing activities.

Event Update from the GlobalPSC team

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 11:36 am, September 13th, 2012

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 –

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