2013 was an especially active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council, with a significant expansion in membership, further program research and facilitation, and expanded outreach in Asia and North America. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2013 highlights include the following.
- Grew to over 50 members with headquarters or facilities in 11 countries
- In addition to a high membership renewal rate, we’ve had a solid surge of new members joining:
- DHL Supply Chain
- TechCollect (Australia)
- PaintCare (USA)
- Reclay StewardEdge (North America)
- Product Care Association (Canada and USA)
- 3R Group (New Zealand)
- California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (USA)
- Metro Vancouver (Canada)
- Waste Recycling Industry Association of Queensland (Australia)
- Product Stewardship Society (USA)
- Recycling Reinvented (USA)
- Stewardship Italy
- Sustainable Resource Use (Australia)
- Greenstreets Environmental Resources (Australia)
- ProductWise (Australia)
- GreenMoney (Australia)
- eDay New Zealand Trust
- Expanded Knowledge Base featuring members-only access to targeted analysis, research, presentations and other information
- Invitation-only and complimentary-registration events featuring international experts
- Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:
- Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in Taiwan, Singapore, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Brought global leaders on product-specific producer responsibility collection and reprocessing initiatives together to help identify and learn from international best practice to assist Australia’s efforts to develop national product stewardship approaches for batteries, paint and other materials
Research and advice on the Case for Voluntary Paint Stewardship for Sustainability Victoria
Input on the Business and Public Policy Case for Battery Stewardship (Handheld Batteries) report for Sustainability Victoria
- Conducted product stewardship study tours of recycling programs for electronics and plastics in Taiwan, Singapore, the US and Canada
We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2013 possible, especially our members, speakers and attendees at GlobalPSC events.
We’d also like to extend our best wishes over the holidays and wish you a happy and prosperous 2014.
Reclay StewardEdge Inc. is based in Toronto with additional offices in other Canadian provinces and US states. An international consultancy organization with extensive experience and expertise in sustainability related to the end-of-life management of packaging and products, their principals are considered pioneers in the recycling and sustainability field. In November 2012, StewardEdge Inc. became part of the Reclay Group (Cologne, Germany) to extend their global reach and offer a broader suite of services to their clients.
Metro Vancouver is a partnership of 22 municipalities, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services. Its core services are drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management.
Metro Vancouver also regulates air quality, plans for urban growth, manages a regional parks system and provides affordable housing.
The regional district is governed by a Board of Directors of elected officials from each local authority.
Global Product Stewardship Council office-holders and other Executive Committee positions have been reappointed following today’s Annual General Meeting.
All current office-holders and Executive Committee members opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC rules, and were reappointed following a call for nominations from GlobalPSC members. The following office-holders were reappointed:
- President (Neil Hastie)
- Vice-President (David Perchard)
- Treasurer (Rose Read)
- Secretary (Russ Martin)
Encorp Pacific (Canada) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit product stewardship corporation whose mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not landfilled or incinerated.
Encorp’s primary business is managing the beverage container return system in British Columbia, Canada, but it is also the stewardship service provider to the electronics industry, and its network of over 170 licensed depots provides consumer access for numerous other stewardship programs in the province.
Encorp operates on several key principles:
- To develop and operate a system which provides consumer-friendly and cost-effective service throughout the province
- To manage the system efficiently so as to have the lowest impact on consumer shelf prices
- To run a cost-based system in which each product type pays its own expenses with no cross-subsidization from other products or companies
- To divert used products from landfill and incineration
- To maximize the value of the recovered commodities
- To treat all brand owners equitably
For more details, please view their online annual report.
MobileMuster, the official product stewardship program of the Australian mobile phone industry, has released their latest annual report titled ‘Mobile Australia: A report into how we use and recycle our mobiles’.
The aim of this report is to provide a snapshot of mobile phone recycling attitudes and behaviours in Australia and how the industry is leading the effort to ensure responsibility is being taken for their products.
Increasing awareness of the MobileMuster is a continual focus for the program. MobileMuster works with retailers, local governments, schools, workplaces, resellers and other recycling programs to ensure that everyone in Australia can help us keep their old mobile phones and accessories out of landfill and recycling them in a safe, secure and ethical way.
Independent market research conducted by MobileMuster reveals that whilst the community awareness of mobile phone recycling has reached 83%, people’s desire to keep their old mobile phones, instead of recycling them, only dropped slightly from 40% to 37% of people that have two or more unused mobiles at home. As a result the estimated number of handsets in storage at home or work has grown from 22 million to 23 million. On the upside, the percentage of people throwing their mobiles away remained low at 3%.
The duration consumers are owning their mobile phone has increased, now being at its highest level with 25% of Australians owning their mobile for 2+ years. The research shows that it’s the non-smartphone users that are more likely to keep their mobile phones for an extended period, 2 years or more.
Optisimising resource recovery and recycling materials properly is a high priority for MobileMuster. MobileMuster’s recycling rate (recovered materials) has increased three points to 96%. It complies with the Australia and New Zealand Standard for the collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (AS/NZS 5377:2013) and has been independently assured by PwC. As a result, in 2012-13 the materials recovered replaced the need to mine at least 2,270 tonnes of precious metal ores (such as gold, silver and copper).
The program’s diversion rate from landfill has reached 99% in the last financial year, with more than 199 kgs of cadmium and 226 kgs of lead being diverted from landfill. MobileMuster has recovered over 5.78 tonnes of plastic, 58 kgs of precious metals, 1.27 tonnes of aluminium, 1.78 tonnes of steel, 4.26 tonnes of copper and over 0.54 tonne of cobalt as raw materials.
MobileMuster is a unique product stewardship program that brings manufacturers and carriers together in what is considered to be a world-class voluntary and not-for profit program. It is managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of its members – Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Force Technology.
Members not only fund the program but continue to actively support MobileMuster in-kind by promoting the program to their customers and staff online, through sales material and retail outlets.
Currently, there are over 4,000 drop-off points around Australia for consumers to recycle their old mobile phone, battery and accessories, alongside a free post back recycling satchel available from any Australia Post or a reply-paid downloadable label online at mobilemuster.com.au. The program also offers free collection and recycling services to workplaces, schools, universities and other businesses
AMTA measures the performance of MobileMuster against nine key indicators measuring changes in consumer behaviour, industry involvement, collection and recycling rates and diversion from landfill. The full report and media release can be viewed online.
Content provided by Rose Read, Recycling Manager for MobileMuster and Treasurer for the Global Product Stewardship Council. MobileMuster is a founding corporate member of the GlobalPSC.
The Product Stewardship Society provides resources, professional development, and networking opportunities to individuals who have a role in product stewardship and sustainability.
The mission of the Product Stewardship Society is to enable professionals involved in the practice of product stewardship to promote responsible design, development and management of products throughout their life cycle
Founded in 2011, the Product Stewardship Society is an affiliate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®).
3R Group is a leader in the design, implementation and management of product stewardship programmes in New Zealand. 3R develops robust solutions for real world situations, turning waste into resource, problem into opportunity.
3R excel at industry collaboration, bringing together disparate views in competitive markets. With extensive networks within government, international product stewardship, and the business community, including leadership roles within Sustainable Business Council NZ, 3R’s reach far exceeds their size.
3R works closely with leading New Zealand and international companies, creating and managing effective and innovative solutions which help these organisations meet the demands of building sustainable businesses.
3R is project manager for Tyrewise.
In early November 2013, representatives of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate member DHL Supply Chain met in Singapore to discuss the business case for product stewardship and potential opportunities in Singapore as well as the broader Asia Pacific region.
GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin began with a presentation on the GlobalPSC perspective on the business case and potential ramifications for Singapore. The presentation is now available for GlobalPSC members via the Knowledge Base, under the Frameworks and Harmonisation category.
Our special thanks to Kevin Bennett of DHL Supply Chain, who arranged the discussions.