The Global Product Stewardship Council

EPR’s Next Steps – US EPR Analysis by Scott Cassel

Posted by GlobalPSC in Programs at 2:19 pm, December 21st, 2014

scottBack in 2000 the terms “product stewardship” and “extended producer responsibility” were rarely uttered in the U.S. Today there are 84 EPR laws in 33 states across 12 product categories.

These laws are spreading both in the U.S. and around the world, and for three basic reasons: They have saved millions of dollars for government agencies, they have created jobs and they have reduced waste by using materials more sustainably.

A recent article posted by Scott Cassel of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members provides a status update on EPR systems in the U.S. It identifies which products provide the greatest lessons and which offer new or emerging opportunities. It also lays out PSI’s ‘elements of a good EPR law’ and discusses key issues being debated in the field.

 

U.S. Carpet Industry Launches Voluntary Product Stewardship Program

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 1:25 pm, December 21st, 2014

The U.S. carpet industry has launched the Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) Program (“Program”) as a voluntary, nationwide effort to divert post-consumer carpet from landfills. A stated objective is also to “… find market-driven solutions to the diversion of Post-Consumer Carpet from landfills as an alternative to EPR (extended producer responsibility)–type legislation or regulations”.

The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) would serve as the Program’s stewardship organisation.  US$4.5 million in funding is being provided through the Carpet and Rug Institute for the first year of the anticipated two-year program.

Consistent with its stated opposition to EPR, the Program is available across the United States, except for where carpet has been collected or sorted in states or local municipalities that have EPR legislation or regulations for post-consumer carpet. With carpet EPR regulation currently in place in California, carpet sourced from or sorted in California would not be eligible to receive funding through the Program.

Details on the program are in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members. FAQs are available here. A media release for the program is available here.

 

Australia Conducts Operational Review of National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 12:52 pm, December 2nd, 2014

Australia is conducting an operational review of its National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (the scheme). Australia’s Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the scheme’s review on 22 September 2014. A fact sheet and discussion paper on the review are now available. The Department of the Environment has invited submissions on the operational review by 6 February 2015.

The scheme was established nearly three years ago to achieve the following key objectives:

  • Recycle televisions and computers rather than landfill them.
  • Build on existing e-waste management activities across Australia, including ongoing activities by private and charitable recyclers and state and local government efforts.
  • Implement a progressively higher annual recycling target to increase television and computer recycling to 80 per cent within 10 years.
  • To incentivise investment, increase capacity and create employment within the recycling industry in Australia.

GlobalPSC News – November 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 4:50 pm, November 30th, 2014

Collaboration is Key

The importance of collaborations in helping stakeholders achieve their objectives has been underscored in several activities in which the GlobalPSC participated in late October and in November. Increasingly, organisations have limited resources and are seeking to partner with others in order to leverage opportunities for mutual gain. Given the GlobalPSC’s role in helping to facilitate the development of effective product stewardship approaches globally, we have actively been engaging stakeholders to bring extra value to our members and their project partners.

We are excited to have recently announced a collaboration between the GlobalPSC and the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) at the University of New South Wales. The GlobalPSC and its members will assist the SMaRT Centre in ensuring that their cutting-edge R&D has direct applicability to product stewardship and recycling. In exchange, the SMaRT Centre will share research findings with the GlobalPSC and its members through special workshops and forums, and provide direct opportunities for input. The GlobalPSC has begun facilitating the involvement of GlobalPSC members in site visits, pilot projects and other means of helping the SMaRT Centre achieve its objectives. Members will be notified directly as research findings are made available.

Our CEO Russ Martin was recently invited to participate in the CEO & Business Leaders Summit in Sydney. In addition to discussing some of the potential implications for the SMaRT Centre technology for recycling and product stewardship, especially in developing countries, Russ addressed the costs of ‘patchwork’ regulation in US and Europe, resource needs for growth and higher standards of living in developing countries, generating resources and capturing them through ‘urban mining’ and multinationals’ desires for consistent standards and approaches. Russ also spoke in a panel discussion at the CEO Retreat to discuss resource recovery and product stewardship as part of developing sustainable cities. Again, collaboration was a key theme, and the GlobalPSC’s involvement has been sought for several fascinating projects in Asia. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as these projects unfold.

(L-R: Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairman of India Center Foundation, regarding Indian Prime Minister Modi’s 100 Smart Cities Initiative; Russ Martin, GlobalPSC CEO; Sein-Way Tan, Chairman & Group CEO – Green World City Organisation and Ho Tong Yen, CEO of Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, a flagship bilateral project between the governments of China and Singapore to create a model of sustainable urban development.)

 

The GlobalPSC recently collaborated with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), Australian and US-based parties to host a webinar  on battery product stewardship developments in the United States. The US is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management.

The webinar discussed the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), and outstanding challenges faced by US state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead.

Feedback from the webinar has been especially positive and we would like to thank all those that made it possible or otherwise participated. Free registration was provided for Australian residents thanks to our sponsors the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), TES-AMMQueensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Canon, in partnership with the GlobalPSC and PSI. Australians who missed this webinar can download the recording for free by contacting us. Follow-up questions and answers are also available.

 

Annual General Meeting

The GlobalPSC is holding its Annual General Meeting via webconference at 0700 Eastern Standard Time in Australia on Tuesday, 9 December 2014. Due to time zone differences, this equates to the following:

  • 2000 on Monday, 8 December in London
  • 1500 on Monday, 8 December in Boston and Toronto
  • 1400 on Monday, 8 December in Minneapolis
  • 1200 on Monday, 8 December in Vancouver

Email admin@globalpsc.net to register for participation in the AGM. While multiple representatives of member organisations are welcome to participate in the AGM, each organisation is entitled to one vote only. Participation details will be emailed to you once registered.

Items to be addressed during the AGM include:

  • President’s report on GlobalPSC activities during the last preceding financial year
  • Member feedback / Q&A on GlobalPSC member services
  • Financial statement
  • Election of office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

 

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

In accordance with the Rules of the GlobalPSC, nominations for office-holders and other Executive Committee positions are now open. Only paid-up full GlobalPSC members may nominate a candidate, or be nominated as a candidate.

The term of office of all currently elected GlobalPSC officers and Executive Committee members will expire at the conclusion of the AGM.  Nominations are called for the following positions (current office-holders are listed), to be in effect for one year:

The Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Scott CasselGarth Hickle and Ed Cordner. All current office-holders and Executive Committee members have opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC Rules.

Nominations for office-holders and committee members must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the GlobalPSC and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. Candidates will be required to provide a recent high-resolution digital photograph and a statement of no more than 100 words in support of their candidature.

Nominations should be emailed to russ@globalpsc.net by 1 December 2014.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

Annual General Meeting and Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 9:12 am, November 18th, 2014

Annual General Meeting

The Global Product Stewardship Council is holding its Annual General Meeting via webconference at 0700 Eastern Standard Time in Australia on Tuesday, 9 December 2014. Due to time zone differences, this equates to the following:

  • 2000 on Monday, 8 December in London
  • 1500 on Monday, 8 December in Boston and Toronto
  • 1400 on Monday, 8 December in Minneapolis
  • 1200 on Monday, 8 December in Vancouver

Email admin@globalpsc.net to register for participation in the AGM. While multiple representatives of member organisations are welcome to participate in the AGM, each organisation is entitled to one vote only. Participation details will be emailed to you once registered.

Items to be addressed during the AGM include:

  • President’s report on GlobalPSC activities during the last preceding financial year
  • Member feedback / Q&A on GlobalPSC member services
  • Financial statement
  • Election of office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

In accordance with the Rules of the Global Product Stewardship Council, nominations for office-holders and other Executive Committee positions are now open. Only paid-up full GlobalPSC members may nominate a candidate, or be nominated as a candidate.

The term of office of all currently elected GlobalPSC officers and Executive Committee members will expire at the conclusion of the AGM.  Nominations are called for the following positions (current office-holders are listed), to be in effect for one year:

The Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle and Ed Cordner. All current office-holders and Executive Committee members have opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC Rules.

Nominations for office-holders and committee members must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the GlobalPSC and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. Candidates will be required to provide a recent high-resolution digital photograph and a statement of no more than 100 words in support of their candidature.

Nominations should be emailed to russ@globalpsc.net by 1 December 2014.

Last Day to Register – Webinar on U.S. Battery Product Stewardship Developments

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 2:31 pm, November 5th, 2014

 

The United States is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management. This webinar will discuss the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, explore lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), and outstanding challenges faced by US state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead.

The date of the webinar is:

  • if attending from Australia – Nov. 6th at 9 a.m. EST
  • if attending from the U.S. – Nov. 5th at 5 p.m. EST.

Please note the time change for U.S. participants.

Moderated by Scott Cassel, CEO & Founder, Product Stewardship Institute.

Speakers will include:

  • Marc Boolish, Director of Technology, Energizer Battery Manufacturing Inc, and President, Corporation for Battery Recycling
  • Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
  • Jen Holliday, Compliance Program and Product Stewardship Manager, Chittenden County, Vermont
  • Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Introduction by Russ Martin, CEO, Global Product Stewardship Council and Independent Chair, Australia’s Battery Implementation Working Group.

Register here.

Registration is free for Australian residents thanks to our sponsors the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI), TES-AMMQueensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Canon, in partnership with the GlobalPSC. For details on how to register at no charge please contact Russ Martin at russ@globalpsc.net.

GlobalPSC News – October 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 4:19 pm, October 31st, 2014

Recycling in a Global Economy GlobalPSC TES-AMM Thought Leadership Forum

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members TES-AMMDellTechCollect and SERI staged a thought leadership forum earlier this week in Sydney featuring Adam Minter, the author of best-selling book Junkyard Planet. Adam’s presentation was followed by a panel discussion with Adam and other international experts.

We were also very pleased to announce a collaboration between the GlobalPSC and the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology at the University of New South Wales (SMaRT Centre). In conjunction with Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre,  GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin announced that the GlobalPSC and its members will assist the SMaRT Centre in ensuring that their cutting-edge R&D has direct applicability to product stewardship and recycling. In exchange, the SMaRT Centre will share research findings with the GlobalPSC and its members through special workshops and forums, and provide direct opportunities for input.

(L-R: John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv Group; John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI; Anna Minns, General Manager of TerraCycle Australia & New Zealand; Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC;  Adam Minter, journalist and author of Junkyard Planet; Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and Australian Battery Recycling Initiative Chief Executive; Justin O’Sullivan, Executive Director – Sales Operations of Dell Australia; and Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the SMaRT Centre)

Questions addressed by Adam and the panel included:

  • How is economic growth in China driving demand for recycled materials?
  • How does the global trade in recyclable materials affect recycling in countries like the US and Australia?
  • How can we ensure responsible recycling practices, particularly for e-waste and plastics?
  • How do changing economic conditions both help and hurt recycling and reuse, especially for electronics?
  • What role will the informal sector play in the future of recycling?
  • What are the implications of global material flows for product stewardship?
  • What are incentives and drivers for incorporating Design for Environment and the circular economy in product stewardship?

Adam’s presentation will be made available to GlobalPSC members via our private Youtube channel and other materials from the forum will progressively be made available more broadly.

 

Webinar – Battery Stewardship Developments in the U.S. A Joint Government and Industry Regulatory Solution for Single Use + Rechargeable Batteries 

The United States is on the verge of breakthrough legislation for both primary (single-use) and rechargeable batteries. This shift from a voluntary approach to a regulatory approach covering both battery types has coalesced over the past six months, as an increasing number of government agencies have expressed interest in a legislative solution to household battery management. This webinar will discuss the unique differences between the single-use and rechargeable battery industries, key issues that are being addressed to find a unified legislation solution, explore lessons for other countries such as Australia (where consultation is underway on a national battery stewardship scheme), and outstanding challenges faced by US state and local governments, manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders in the year ahead.

For more details, click here.

 

British Columbia Recycles its 15 Billionth Beverage Container at Encorp Pacific’s 20th Anniversary Event

British Columbia – The Hon. Mary Polak, M.L.A., Minister of Environment was recently on hand at the Queensborough Landing Return-It Depot in New Westminster to recycle British Columbia’s 15 billionth beverage container.

(L-R: British Columbia Minister of Environment Mary Polak with Scott Fraser, President & CEO of Encorp Pacific, recycling the province’s 15 billionth beverage container at the Queensborough Landing Return-It Depot in New Westminster.)

“This is a British Columbia success story about what can happen when we all work together for the greater good of the environment,” says Mary Polak, Minister of Environment. “A big congratulations to Encorp Pacific for the progress they’ve made, and to all British Columbians who have helped reach this milestone.”

“British Columbia is a North American leader when it comes to creating industry-led extended producer programs and Encorp Pacific is helping lead the way,” continued Minister Polak. “What a remarkable achievement for our province where 15 billion beverage containers have now been recycled.”

This event marked Encorp Pacific’s 20th anniversary as a not-for-profit product stewardship corporation with beverage container management as its core business.

“The success of our system for recycling beverage containers proves that millions of small acts can add up to a big win for the environment,” says Scott Fraser, President and CEO of Encorp Pacific. “Even with this extensive system though, British Columbia would not have one of the highest recycling rates in North America without consumers making the decision to do the right thing for the environment. British Columbians deserve a pat on the back for making a difference.”

See more here.

 

eWasteNZ Preliminary Report and Stakeholder Summary Available 

The first stakeholder workshop for the #eWasteNZ project was held 19 September 2014 in Auckland. Participants included 45 diverse stakeholders, plus the e-waste project team and representatives from the New Zealand Ministry for Environment (MfE). A high level summary of the workshop discussions and outcomes is now available.

Prior to the workshop, participating stakeholders had been sent the project’s Preliminary Report for background information and questions to be considered. During the workshop the project team summarised key issues and reviewed the questions from the Preliminary Report.

The next stage of the project will be to collate responses to the Preliminary Report previously issued to all stakeholders. These responses and the outcomes of Workshop 1 will help to inform the Draft Report. Comments on the Preliminary Report are due by Friday 14 November.

The #eWasteNZ project is being delivered through a partnership of companies, led and managed by SLR Consulting, with MS2 as technical lead and supported by Synergine and Equilibrium. MS2 is a Foundation Member of the GlobalPSC and Director Russ Martin also serves as our CEO.

For further project details, email ewasteNZ@slrconsulting.com.

 

Reciprocal Discounts on PSI and GlobalPSC Memberships 

The Product Stewardship Institute and Global Product Stewardship Council are offering 15% reciprocal membership discounts off the first year of membership. Current PSI partners receive a 15% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are eligible for a 15% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for. Several members have already taken advantage of this opportunity to increase their knowledge of product stewardship and expand their network of contacts, all while saving money.

Those who are members/partners of both GlobalPSC and PSI have access to a diverse stakeholder group both within the U.S. and around the world that is directly active on product stewardship, and will have more opportunities to network and develop business opportunities within the product stewardship movement. Members/partners are also kept informed of the latest developments in the product stewardship movement in the though news updates, listservs, webinars, monthly calls and special events in addition to a full range of social media sources.

Email russ@globalpsc.net or rachel@productstewardship.us to take advantage of this offer. Considering joining both at the same time? We’ll help make sure the discounts apply to both memberships.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

  • Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) (Australia)
  • Encorp Pacific (Canada)
  • Community Recycling Network (CRN) (Australia)

Member profiles and program updates are available here.

 

Events Update

The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or participating in the following events:

At these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

GlobalPSC Member – Community Recycling Network

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 12:48 pm, October 31st, 2014
The Community Recycling Network of Australia (CRN) is the peak body for social enterprise community recycling in Australia. The CRN was established in 2010 with the following Mission and Objectives:

Mission:

  • Community Recycling - save resources (reducing waste), creating local jobs, strengthening communities

Objectives:

  • Provide an effective voice and focal point for community recycing in Australia
  • Sustain a network able to provide support, advice, guidance and mentoring to local organisations
  • Increase the profitability and/or scale of member enterprises
  • Influence the political environment in support of community reuse / recycling
  • Provide local jobs for those facing barriers to work
  • Work towards a shared zero waste future

Criteria for membership include organisations or individuals committed to:

  • Reducing waste
  • Creating jobs
  • Strengthening communities
  • Social enterprise

eWasteNZ Preliminary Report and Stakeholder Summary Available

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 4:47 pm, October 27th, 2014

The first stakeholder workshop for the #eWasteNZ project was held 19 September 2014 in Auckland. Participants included 45 diverse stakeholders, plus the e-waste project team and representatives from the New Zealand Ministry for Environment (MfE). A high level summary of the workshop discussions and outcomes is now available.

Prior to the workshop, participating stakeholders had been sent the project’s Preliminary Report for background information and questions to be considered. During the workshop the project team summarised key issues and reviewed the questions from the Preliminary Report.

The next stage of the project will be to collate responses to the Preliminary Report previously issued to all stakeholders. These responses and the outcomes of Workshop 1 will help to inform the Draft Report. Comments on the Preliminary Report are due by Friday 14 November.

The #eWasteNZ project is being delivered through a partnership of companies, led and managed by SLR Consulting, with MS2 as technical lead and supported by Synergine and Equilibrium. MS2 is a Foundation Member of the GlobalPSC and Director Russ Martin also serves as our CEO.

For further project details, email ewasteNZ@slrconsulting.com.

GlobalPSC Member – Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW)

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:39 am, October 20th, 2014

The Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT@UNSW) brings together researchers from the discipline areas of Science, Engineering and design to work with industry on the development of innovative, sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.

Achieving sustainability targets set by industry has created a need for commercially relevant and globally significant R&D. The SMaRT Centre works with industry partners to develop the fundamental and applied science underlying sustainable materials and technologies.

SMaRT brings together the distinctive research capabilities of UNSW’s academics and a track record of delivering research and technology suitable for rapid implementation.

Goals of the Centre

The overall aim of the Centre is to develop innovative, sustainable materials and processes through world-class research collaboration with industry and research partners, with strong emphasis on environmental and economic benefits.

  • To lead scientific and engineering advances in sustainability of materials and associated technologies and to strengthen links with local and international institutions and industries for research into developing sustainable materials and associated technologies through ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub – Transforming Waste Directly in Cost-effective Green Manufacturing, ARC Linkage Grants, ARC Discovery Grants, Industry Funds, and visiting researchers
  • To deliver the science that will underpin the reduction of the environmental impact, and enhance community benefits associated with materials-related industries and technologies by developing novel and innovative materials and processes
  • To facilitate rapid transfer of technology by addressing the scientific and engineering barriers to technologies for transforming industry
  • To collaborate with industries to apply the research strengths of UNSW to enhance sustainable development

 

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