The Global Product Stewardship Council

PVC Product Stewardship Program 2013 Results

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:53 am, June 17th, 2014

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The Vinyl Council of Australia has launched the latest annual report for the Australian PVC industry members’ progress in meeting their voluntary Product Stewardship Program commitments across the PVC value chain in 2013.

The 2013 report highlights a significant increase in compliance with the Product Stewardship Program’s manufacturing commitments.

“These commitments relate to the very start of the supply chain, activity which largely takes place overseas”, explained Ms Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia. “Collecting the relevant information from upstream suppliers can be a real challenge for Australian-based companies at the end of the supply chain”.

One of the Program’s measures of success is for 80 percent of Signatories to achieve compliance with at least 80 percent of relevant commitments in the Program. 2013 has seen significant progress against this milestone, with a 19 percent jump from 2012 in the number of Signatories reaching or exceeding the target. Almost two-thirds of the Program’s Signatories met or surpassed the 80 percent target, with eight Signatories achieving full compliance.

To recognise their efforts, the past year has also seen the introduction of an award for Product Stewardship Program Excellence given to those Signatories that achieve full compliance against the Program’s commitments.

2013 saw the official launch of the PVC Recovery in Hospitals program, an initiative aimed at diverting high quality, recyclable PVC medical product waste towards recycling solutions. The Program is proving to be of much interest in the sector, with 19 healthcare facilities signed on and an estimated 13 tonnes – or 91 cubic metres – of waste diverted during its first year of implementation.

“Interest is growing within the healthcare industry in Australia, and the Program has attracted interest from a number of countries around the globe”, commented Ms MacMillan. “We are very proud to have started this initiative and to be inspiring others to develop similar programs.”

One recommendation of a recent five-year review was to strengthen commitments around waste reduction and management. As a result, new recycling measures and targets for the PVC sector will become part of the Product Stewardship Program in 2014.

SERI Announces R2 Leader Program

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 5:32 pm, June 13th, 2014

SERI image003Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has announced the R2 Leader program, which is designed to support efforts by companies and organizations to advance the responsible reuse and recycling of used electronics.

A coalition of 10 partners including DIRECTV, Goodwill Industries International, Greeneye Partners, Keep America Beautiful, Microsoft, Panasonic, Sony America, SourceAmerica, Wistron Corporation and Xerox provides the foundation for the R2 Leader program.

“Since the creation of the R2 Standard for responsible electronics recycling in 2008, we have consistently heard from companies and organizations that wanted to support reuse and recycling efforts,” said John Lingelbach, Executive Director of SERI. “Our partners in launching this program have taken on truly commendable leadership roles in managing used electronics. Working in tandem with these leaders who share our vision will significantly accelerate progress in developing responsible e-waste reuse and recycling policies, programs and facilities.”

The R2 Leader program includes a commitment from participating companies and organizations to support R2 certified electronics refurbishment and recycling, as well as consider R2 certification when choosing a recycling partner. R2 Leaders also take a leadership role in projects to advance responsible reuse and/or recycling around the world, such as funding pilot projects for responsible recycling in developing countries, or creating new programs for electronics collection, refurbishment or recycling.

 

Vermont Passes First Single-Use Battery Product Stewardship Program in U.S.

Posted by GlobalPSC in Batteries at 4:51 pm, June 13th, 2014

iStock_000011520570SmallOn 22 May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law Act 139, the first battery recycling law of its kind in the U.S.

Under Act 139, single-use battery manufacturers must plan, implement, and manage a statewide battery collection program by 1 January, 2016. Single-use / ‘Primary’ batteries under the Act include non-rechargeable batteries weighing two kilograms or less, including alkaline, carbon-zinc, and lithium metal batteries.

Battery manufacturers must submit a plan to the state by 1 July 2015 stating how convenient battery drop-off locations for consumers at retail and municipal sites will be implemented by 1 January 2016.

Act 139, as signed, is in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

GlobalPSC News – May 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 3:28 pm, May 30th, 2014
GlobalPSC Seeks Member Views for Product Stewardship Policy Submissions – See more at: http://www.globalpsc.net/globalpsc-seeks-member-views-for-product-stewardship-policy-submissions/#sthash.DAClkUp4.dpuf

GlobalPSC Seeks Member Views for Product Stewardship Policies

The Global Product Stewardship Council is seeking the views of active GlobalPSC members to assist in the preparation of public submissions addressing proposed product stewardship policies in New Zealand and Nova Scotia. The GlobalPSC is also seeking Expressions of Interest from active GlobalPSC members for nomination to a GlobalPSC Advisory Group to provide direct input on GlobalPSC content and policies, including the planned submissions.

New Zealand has released a discussion paper on potential prioritisation for product stewardship under New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and opened consultation until 2 July 2014.

Nova Scotia has flagged possible product stewardship / extended producer responsibility for 24 product categories as part of proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations and opened consultation until 11 July 2014.

until 2 July 2014.
Consultation will be open until 2 July 2014.

Members are asked to email their views on the New Zealand and Nova Scotia discussion papers to the GlobalPSC by 10 June in order to allow time for compilation and drafting. Expressions of Interest for the Advisory Group are also welcome by 10 June, comprising brief biographies and interest in product stewardship not exceeding 800 words. Advisory Group members must be active GlobalPSC members, either as individuals or as part of a member organisation. Information on membership categories, benefits and registration is available here.

Contact GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin with any questions or comments.

 

StewardChoice Enterprises Announces Draft Stewardship Plan

StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. (a subsidiary of GlobalPSC Corporate Member Reclay StewardEdge) has announced from the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s annual Zero Waste Conference that it will publish a draft stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia this June.

The draft plan will undergo public consultations in the coming months, then be submitted for approval to the BC Ministry of Environment. New recycling services will commence, initially in multi-family residential buildings, once approved.

“We see this as an opportunity to provide producers with more choice while offering cost-effective solutions,” says Neil Hastie, Development Director  for StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. and GlobalPSC President. “We strongly believe that producers should have the ability to choose a preferred service when determining how to meet their regulatory obligations.”

More than 20% of multi-family buildings in British Columbia do not currently receive a producer funded recycling service.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

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

  • WasteMET Asia, 2-4 June 2014 in Singapore
  • Global Forum on Environment: Promoting the Circular Economy – Extended Producer Responsibility, 17-19 June 2014 in Tokyo, Japan

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

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 2:01 pm, May 30th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

The Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), founded in 2013, is the umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis. EXPRA acts as the authoritative voice and common policy platform representing the interests of all its member packaging recovery and recycling organisations founded and run by or on behalf of obliged industry.

These national recovery organisations are pursuing similar goals, essentially finding themselves and their stakeholders in a similar situations. They have set themselves the task of relieving industrial companies and commercial enterprises of their individual obligation to take back used sales packaging through the operation of a scheme which fulfills these obligations on a nation-wide basis on behalf of their member companies.

The aim is to ensure the recovery and recycling of packaging waste in the most economically efficient and ecologically sound manner. The members of EXPRA wish to demonstrate that the recycling of used packaging is an important step on the path towards the sustainable development that is necessary to safeguard our planet for future generations.

 

For further information please contact:

EXPRA aisbl/ivzw

Extended Producers Responsibility Alliance

Avenue Olympiades 2

1140 Brussels (Evere)

BELGIUM

 

Phone: +32 2 513 70 55

E-mail: info(at)expra.eu

StewardChoice Enterprises Announces Draft Stewardship Plan

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 11:56 am, May 29th, 2014

 

 

 

StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. (a subsidiary of GlobalPSC Corporate Member Reclay StewardEdge) has announced from the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s annual Zero Waste Conference that it will publish a draft stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia this June.

The draft plan will undergo public consultations in the coming months, then be submitted for approval to the BC Ministry of Environment. New recycling services will commence, initially in multi-family residential buildings, once approved.

“We see this as an opportunity to provide producers with more choice while offering cost-effective solutions,” says Neil Hastie, Development Director  for StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. and GlobalPSC President. “We strongly believe that producers should have the ability to choose a preferred service when determining how to meet their regulatory obligations.”

More than 20% of multi-family buildings in British Columbia do not currently receive a producer funded recycling service.

GlobalPSC Seeks Member Views for Product Stewardship Policy Submissions

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:37 pm, May 27th, 2014

The Global Product Stewardship Council is seeking the views of active GlobalPSC members to assist in the preparation of public submissions addressing proposed product stewardship policies in New Zealand and Nova Scotia. The GlobalPSC is also seeking Expressions of Interest from active GlobalPSC members for nomination to a GlobalPSC Advisory Group to provide direct input on GlobalPSC content and policies, including the planned submissions.

New Zealand has released a discussion paper on potential prioritisation for product stewardship under New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and opened consultation until 2 July 2014.

Nova Scotia has flagged possible product stewardship / extended producer responsibility for 24 product categories as part of proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations and opened consultation until 11 July 2014. 

until 2 July 2014.
Consultation will be open until 2 July 2014.

Members are asked to email their views on the New Zealand and Nova Scotia discussion papers to the GlobalPSC by 10 June in order to allow time for compilation and drafting. Expressions of Interest for the Advisory Group are also welcome by 10 June, comprising brief biographies and interest in product stewardship not exceeding 800 words. Advisory Group members must be active GlobalPSC members, either as individuals or as part of a member organisation. Information on membership categories, benefits and registration is available here.

Contact GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin with any questions or comments.

Nova Scotia Solid Waste Regulations Review

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 9:37 pm, May 27th, 2014

Nova Scotia, Canada, is now consulting on proposed changes to the provincial solid waste regulations, including the potential for product stewardship / extended producer responsibility across a broad range of items. The consultation period is open until 11 July, 2014.

Seven key areas have been identified for potential amendment and are highlighted in the discussion paper, Revising Our Path Forward: A public discussion paper about solid waste regulation in Nova Scotia, including:

  • Product stewardship
  • Disposal bans and approval requirements
  • Used tire management program
  • Removal of the requirement for regional solid waste management plans
  • Clarity on the rules for energy from waste
  • Improve the enforceability of the solid waste regulation
  • Beverage container deposit-refund program

Written comments are encouraged and can be made online here. Questions or inquiries can be directed to the Solid Waste Unit, Nova Scotia Environment on +1 902 424-4300.

New Zealand Opens Consultation on Product Stewardship Priorities

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 3:36 pm, May 21st, 2014

Today New Zealand’s Minister for the Environment, the Hon Amy Adams MP, released a discussion paper on potential prioritisation for product stewardship under New Zealand’s Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA). The Minister’s media release is available here.

The discussion paper released today raises the possibility and rationale for designating some or all of the following four products as priority products under the WMA:

  • electrical and electronic equipment (commonly referred to as e-waste or WEEE)
  • tyres
  • agricultural chemicals and farm plastics
  • refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases.

Consultation will be open until 2 July 2014. Detail on consultation workshops in NZ is available here. Following the consultation, the costs and benefits of a range of options and additional stakeholder input will be considered.

New Zealand’s focus has traditionally been on voluntary product stewardship approaches, and 11 voluntary product stewardship schemes have been accredited to date. An overview of the accredited schemes in included in the discussion paper.

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 3:22 pm, May 13th, 2014

Australia’s Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) Project provides a national scheme for unwanted and out-of-date medicines to be collected by community pharmacies and disposed of by high temperature incineration, which is the EPA-approved method of disposal.

The RUM Project initiative represents a “world first” in the management and removal of unwanted and out-of-date medicines. Community pharmacies across Australia receive these unwanted medicines from consumers at no cost to the consumer.

This Commonwealth-funded program addresses a fundamental impediment to the quality use of medicines in Australia, namely safe disposal. It is recognised that hoarding of old and unwanted medicines can lead to the medicines becoming misused, abused or harming children if left lying around. Research also now demonstrates possible adverse environmental effects from inappropriately discarded pharmaceuticals in waterways (United States EPA).

The most common means of disposal – down the sink or toilet, or in the bin – may lead to poor environmental consequences.

The increasing number of medication options being provided to treat medical conditions results in frequent changes to medication. The aged consumer is confronted with a dazzling array of changing medications with subsequent confusion and often poor medication management. This confusion can be reduced with appropriate disposal of medicines no longer required.

 

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