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City of Sydney Supports GlobalPSC in Interim Waste Strategy

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 4:18 pm, September 9th, 2011

The City of Sydney has just released its Interim Waste Strategy, which highlights the need to address problematic wastes through extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are pleased to see that Sydney recognises the value of groups such as the Global Product Stewardship Council in facilitating the development of effective product stewardship and EPR approaches. The Strategy specifically references support for the GlobalPSC and the City of Sydney was one of our first members, so we certainly appreciate such clear demonstrations of support.

City of Sydney Interim Waste Strategy

The investigation of solutions for waste treatment that establish energy recovery solutions as a final step in resource recovery is a strategic priority of the  Strategy as an essential contribution towards the reduction of Sydney’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. By introducing an energy recovery step into Sydney’s waste hierarchy, Sydney also aims to reduce any garbage requiring landfilling after treatment from the current 45 per cent to below 10 per cent.

Other proposed key waste management approaches, such as improving support for re-use activity across Sydney, promoting EPR and solutions for e-waste and other hazardous wastes, are identified in the Strategy and aligned with the recycling and treatment approaches to ensure the removal of any impediments to the broadest possible recovery of resources from Sydney’s waste.

The Strategy maintains Sydney’s role in controlling the collection and disposal of waste generated by residents, but also seeks to define a broader role in influencing the management of waste arising from commercial waste sectors and in advocating for State and Federal Government to extend support for waste avoidance schemes.

Content provided courtesy of Mark McKenzie, City of Sydney Waste Strategy Manager

GlobalPSC Analysis of Eco-fee Visibility in Producer Responsibility

Posted by GlobalPSC in GlobalPSC Analyses at 12:24 pm, September 9th, 2011

The Global Product Stewardship Council recently conducted an analysis of eco-fee visibility in producer responsibility. The analysis was originally posted on the Knowledge Base for GlobalPSC members, along with several relevant articles on eco-fee developments in Canada and made available to registrants for a  webinar on funding for producer responsibility that the GlobalPSC held in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Institute. We intend for the analysis to serve as a starting point for discussing specific funding approaches. Links to the analysis and relevant articles are provided below.

GlobalPSC analysis of eco-fee visibility in producer responsibility

Canadian Tax Journal article by Duncan Bury

Critique by Neil Hastie and Malcolm Harvey


Global Product Stewardship Perspective at Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 5:40 pm, September 8th, 2011

The Global Product Stewardship Council will be providing a global perspective on product stewardship at the Product Stewardship & Innovation in Resource Recovery session of the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo on 10 November 2011 in Sydney. We’re looking forward to interesting discussions with our Australian colleagues.

AWRE 2011 Product Stewardship Program


12:30 – 12:40 Welcome from Chair & Acknowledgement of MobileMuster (Conference Sponsor)
12:40 – 1:00 Peter Brisbane, Director Television and Computer Regulator Team, Waste Policy Branch, Federal Government DSEWPaC. Product Stewardship Bill 2011 & Regulations for TV & Computer Scheme
1:00 – 1:15 Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council
Product Stewardship around the world, a global perspective.
1:15 – 1:35 John Gertsakis, Senior Sustainability Associate, WSP Environment & Energy
An industry view on the national TV and computer product stewardship scheme: the pathway to implementation
1:35 – 2:30 Panel Discussion: Important but challenging waste streams and product stewardship 

  • Rose Read, Manager, Recycling, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (MobileMuster)
  • Helen, Lewis, CEO, Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI)
  • Lorraine Lilley, Australian Lighting Council
  • Silvio de Denaro, Australian Tyre Industry Council
  • Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council
  • John Gertsakis, Senior Sustainability Associate, WSP Environment & Energy
  • Peter Brisbane, Director Television and Computer Regulator Team, Waste Policy Branch, Federal Government DSEWPsC

Rose Read, Helen Lewis, Lorraine Lilley and Silvio de Denaro shall be given 10 minutes to present. A facilitated panel discussion with questions from the audience will follow.

2:30-3:00 Break in Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo
3:00-3:20 Rob Pascoe, Managing Director, Closed Loop  

NEW Closed Loop Organics Bin. Onsite food waste processing unit appropraite for hospitals, restaurants, hotels, events and more.

3:20-3:40 David Catalovski, Managing Director, GreenMoney and Talebul Islam, Randwick City Council
NEW GreenMoney trial. Residents earn redeemable points for recycling.  Economic incentives for recycling.
3:40-4:00 TBA
4:00 Free Expo Welcome Reception
Network with colleagues and clients at this sophisticated industry function. Discuss new ideas and upcoming projects over a beverage and canapé. Enjoy the entertainment provided for your enjoyment. This two-hour function is the perfect prelude to a business dinner in Darling Harbour. 

The welcome reception will commence at 4:00pm, at the closure of the “Product Stewardship & Innovation” conference. The function will run for two hours and will be held in the exhibition hall.


Location: Hall 5, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Consultation on Australia’s Draft Regulations for the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 1:12 pm, September 5th, 2011

The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will release an exposure draft of the Product Stewardship (Television and Computer) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) which will underpin the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in early September 2011 for a four week public consultation period. Following the consultation process, the Regulations are expected to be made into law before the end of 2011.

Consultation on the exposure draft of the Regulations allows all stakeholders and interested members of the community the opportunity to consider and contribute to the final content of the Regulations and operation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Consultation on the draft Regulations builds on the extensive consultation undertaken in March and April 2011 on the proposed design of the Regulations.

Public meetings will be held nationally between 13 September 2011 and 21 September 2011 in all Australian capital cities.

Public Meetings
Date Location Time Venue
Tues 13 September 2011 Sydney 10:00am – 12:00pm Rydges World Square
Tues 13 September 2011 Adelaide 8:30am – 10:30am Rydges South Park
Wed 14 September 2011 Brisbane 9:30am – 11:30am Mantra South Bank
Wed 14 September 2011 Melbourne 8:30am – 10:30am Oaks on Collins
Mon 19 September 2011 Canberra 8:30am – 10:30am National Portrait Gallery
Tues 20 September 2011 Hobart 11:00am – 13:00pm Grande Mercure Hadley’s Hotel
Tues 20 September 2011 Darwin 9:30am – 11:30am Mantra Pandanas
Wed 21 September 2011 Perth 8:30am – 10:30am The New Esplanade Hotel

There is also an opportunity for face-to-face discussions with Australian Government officials in a set number of meetings for individuals or organisations who have a substantial interest in the Regulations. These meetings are limited to half hour sessions and pre-registration of interest is essential. The department regrets that it may not be able to accommodate all requests.

For planning purposes please pre-register your attendance at the public meetings or the bilateral meetings as soon as possible (at least 3 business days before the scheduled date), by emailing Please include your name, organisation, contact details and number/names of attendees. For those who pre-register for bilateral meetings, a departmental official will respond with confirmation of the meeting.

For more information on the public meetings, please visit A copy of the exposure draft of the television and computer Regulations will also be available from this website once released.

Content provided courtesy of Cathy McGowan, A/g Director | Product Stewardship E-Waste Team, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Yale Webinars on EPR and Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 1:56 pm, September 2nd, 2011

2011 Industrial Environmental Management Lecture Series: Producers, Packaging & Public Policy
Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Duncan Bury, Duncan Bury Consulting
Webinar: “Canadian Approaches to EPR:The Road from Shared Stewardship to Full Producer Responsibility”
Tuesday, September 13th, 12:00PM EDT (US)

Minal Mistry, GreenBlue
Webinar: Life Cycle Assessment and Packaging Design
Tuesday, October 4th, 12 PM EST (US)

With the start of the fall semester, the Industrial Environmental Program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is pleased to announce the second half of 2011 lecture series, PRODUCERS, PACKAGING & PUBLIC POLICY.

The lecture series explores the topic of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and packaging.  Nestle Waters, an industry leader in exploring EPR issues, is the primary sponsor of this special lecture series.  The goal of the lecture series is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the application of EPR to packaging waste and municipal solid waste more generally in the U.S. For more information on Yale’s lecture series, including recordings of previous lectures in the series, visit

In its 21st year, the IEM Lecture Series brings speakers from companies and organizations to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to discuss the relationship between business and the environment.

To register for the webinar by Duncan Bury, go to
To register for the webinar by Minal Mistry, go to
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinars.

System Requirements for the Webinars
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees
Required: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Content provided courtesy of Reid J. Lifset, Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology

New Reciprocal Discounts on GlobalPSC & PSI Memberships

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 5:17 pm, August 31st, 2011




The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute are pleased to announce a one-year trial of 20% reciprocal membership discounts. Current PSI partners can now receive a 20% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are now eligible for a 20% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for or renewed through September 2012. After the first year, both groups will assess whether to continue the discounts. Email to take advantage of this offer.

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Posted by GlobalPSC in Have your say at 12:39 pm, August 31st, 2011

With the Global Product Stewardship Council, it is easy to have your say.

Simply click on the title of an article on our website to share the article through social media or to provide a comment. All we ask is that comments be polite and relevant. All comments will be moderated prior to posting.

Update on Australia’s Framework Legislation and TV / Computer Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 12:20 pm, August 31st, 2011

The GlobalPSC was appointed to a Stakeholder Reference Group for Australia’s product stewardship framework legislation. A recent SRG presentation explains the legislation and proposed regulations for TVs and computers. The Australian Government authorised release to GlobalPSC members, so we have posted the presentation on the Knowledge Base available to members.

Australia’s Product Stewardship Framework Legislation

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 11:55 am, August 31st, 2011

One week after unanimous passage in the Senate, Australia’s product stewardship framework legislation passed the House on 22 June 2011. The Product Stewardship Act 2011 officially commenced on 8 August 2011 and assist in implementing a key provision of Australia’s National Waste Policy that

the Australian Government,with the support of state and territory governments, will establish a national framework underpinned by legislation to support voluntary, co-regulatory and regulatory product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes to provide for the impacts of a product being responsibly managed during and at end of life.”.

Product stewardship criteria are intended to be basic filter criteria to help determine whether the Bill should apply to a particular class of products. Unless the Minister is satisfied that two or more product stewardship criteria for a class of products are met, then a voluntary arrangement cannot be accredited and regulations cannot be made under the co-regulatory or mandatory provisions.

Under both the co-regulatory and mandatory provisions, the Minister would also have to be satisfied that making the regulations will further the objects of the Act.

The Regulation Impact Statement for the National Waste Policy found:

  • potential savings from national rather than state by state regulation of product stewardship;
  • a cost to the economy between $212m and $414m above business as usual if states and territories pursued their own approaches; and
  • a national approach to product stewardship would have a net saving of $147 million.

The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to have assisted the Australian Government in the bill’s development and supported amendments that provided for increased transparency and accountability, while enhancing a robust process for prioritisation of products for producer responsibility. The GlobalPSC’s Senate testimony is available on our Youtube channel and on the video archive tab at

Australia Product Stewardship Act 2011

GlobalPSC Event – Packaging EPR in British Columbia

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 11:50 am, August 31st, 2011

In May 2011, the British Columbia Recycling Regulation was amended to include Packaging and Printed Paper as a product category. As a result, producers of packaging and printed paper are required to implement stewardship programs for collection and recycling in BC.

Key representatives of the BC Ministry of Environment have agreed to discuss the implications of this change at a special GlobalPSC breakfast seminar we are holding in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Institute and the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum in Portland Oregon.

David Lawes (Head, Industry Product Stewardship) and Teresa Conner (Sr. Policy Advisor) will present on the changes and be available to answer questions the morning of 27 September at the conference hotel, the Doubletree Portland. Registration will be free for GlobalPSC members. Email if you’re interested in attending so we can make appropriate arrangements.

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