The Global Product Stewardship Council

Australian Packaging Covenant 2013 Annual Report

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 5:33 pm, January 22nd, 2014

The Australian Packaging Covenant‘s 2013 annual report highlights continued improvement from previous years’ efforts. The Covenant is a co-regulatory* product stewardship scheme based on a collaborative approach between industry, government and community groups to increase recycling and reduce litter.

2013 highlights include:

  • Another increase in the packaging recycling rate, from 39% in 2003 to 64.2% in 2013.

 

  • Continued reduction in litter based on the National Litter Index.
  • A record number of 925 signatories, with a 95% compliance rate.
  • Improvement across all key performance indicators reported by Covenant signatories.
  • A$55.4M in funding for 75 new recycling and litter related projects under the current term of the Covenant.

* co-regulatory = voluntary approach with a regulatory underpinning to address free riders

Australia Launches National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 2:45 pm, January 20th, 2014

An industry-led national product stewardship scheme for used tyres was launched today by the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Minister for the Environment.

Around 48 million tyres reach their end of life each year in Australia; most of these are landfilled, stockpiled, exported or illegally dumped.

The tyre industry has established Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) to administer the new scheme. Initial funding has been provided by Continental, Goodyear Dunlop, Michelin, Pirelli, Toyo and Yokohama. Supply chain commitments support environmentally sound end of life management of tyres and will be underpinned by an audit program and education products on best practices.

New technologies and means of developing stronger domestic markets for tyre-derived products to strengthen the demand for local tyre recycling will also be pursued through the Scheme.

The media release in which Minister Hunt announced the launch is available here.  Additional information from the Australian Government on the development of product stewardship for tyres is available here.

Stewardship 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 1:54 pm, January 20th, 2014

 

 

Stewardship 2014, hosted by the Product Stewardship Society, is bringing together prominent product stewardship professionals to present and discuss global emerging issues, case studies, practical experiences, and new developments. Designed from the ground up by top level leaders in product stewardship, Stewardship 2014 focuses on the core competencies that every product stewardship professional needs to know. Stewardship 2014 will focus on:

  • emerging chemical regulatory issues
  • emerging articles regulations
  • emerging product stewardship issues
  • product stewardship risk assessments
  • emerging extended producer responsibility requirements
  • product stewardship management systems
  • value chain/supply

Learn more and register here.

Report: Minnesota Could Cost-Effectively Increase Consumer Packaging and Printed Paper Recycling 32% Through Producer Responsibility

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 6:08 pm, January 15th, 2014

 

 

 

A newly released report shows that the US state of Minnesota could see a 32% increase in recycling of consumer packaging and printed paper (PPP) by using an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model incorporating harmonization of materials collection, increased single-stream collection, slightly more curbside collection, and an away-from-home recycling program. A statewide recycling rate of 61% could be achieved for recyclable consumer PPP, and a higher rate is possible for household PPP. The model approach would cost approximately US$72 million, compared to estimated current household spending on recycling of US$61-$74 million. Future efficiency improvements at material recovery facilities could provide an additional savings of US$10 million annually.

GlobalPSC members were integral to the report’s development, with Recycling Reinvented commissioning Reclay StewardEdge to conduct the study, accompanying appendix and related efforts.

“Many advocates, both for and against, are making arguments based on theory or models from other countries that have implemented EPR for packaging and printed paper but no one has yet to do a truly data-rich analysis of how a system designed uniquely for America could work. We commissioned this study to ensure that business, environmental and legislative stakeholders can consider the issue from an informed position.” said Paul Gardner, Recycling Reinvented’s executive director, in an accompanying media release.

Ontario Seeks Input on Future Direction for WEEE/E-scrap

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 5:20 pm, January 15th, 2014
Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has reported in a recent program update  that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Program operated by Ontario Electronic Stewardship has collected more than 230,000 tonnes of WEEE since the program began in April 2009. WDO is seeking input on key areas identified for improvement by stakeholders, including targets and metrics; harmonization; recycling standards; the WEEE market outside of the program; program communications; and reuse.

Waste Trade Paint Trial Report Available

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:02 am, December 31st, 2013

The final report on a waste trade paint trial in the Australian state of Victoria is now available. The trial was led by two Global Product Stewardship Council members, Sustainability Victoria (SV) and the Australian Paint Manufacturers Federation (APMF).

Pictured are (L-R): John Polhill (SV), Richard Phillips (APMF), Mark Amos (Master Painters Australia Victoria), the Hon David Morris (MP for Mornington) and Matt Genever (SV)

From 31 March through to 31 August 2013, service provider Toxfree partnered with SV, APMF and the Master Painters Association to conduct the ‘PaintCare’ trial at six existing Detox Your Home sites for the purpose of collecting, managing and disposing of waste trade paint and providing previously unknown data on the potential volume of unwanted trade paint in the trade community, as well as behaviour patterns of participating trade painters.

A total of 127.6 tonnes was collected and processed during the trial. Comparison of sales and recovery data provides an indication of a time lag between purchase and disposal. The data also shows that a higher rate of water-based paints will be likely in future collections.

 

GlobalPSC 2013 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 2:13 pm, December 20th, 2013

 

 

 

 

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.

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • 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:

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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.

GlobalPSC 2013 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 10:32 am, December 20th, 2013

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.

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • 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:

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Reclay StewardEdge

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 7:27 am, December 20th, 2013

 

 

 

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.

GlobalPSC Member – Metro Vancouver

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 11:03 am, December 12th, 2013

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.

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