The Global Product Stewardship Council

GlobalPSC Sustaining Government Member – Queensland Department of Environment and Science

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:18 am, March 7th, 2014

The Department of Environment and Science administers the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, which provides a framework for waste management and resource recovery in Queensland, Australia. Among other things, the Act provides for the development of product stewardship schemes for products of priority for Queensland. The Department also supports national product stewardship initiatives and provides the Secretariat support for the current program of work on the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme. More information on Queensland’s waste management and resource recovery agenda and legislation can be found here.

In June 2014, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (now Environment and Science) upgraded its GlobalPSC membership to become a Sustaining Government member.

The Department’s Manager-Waste Policy and Legislation, Kylie Hughes, serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group and Executive Committee.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Helen Lewis Research

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 9:39 am, March 7th, 2014

Dr Helen Lewis, founder of Helen Lewis Research, is an environmental consultant with a focus on product stewardship and packaging sustainability.

She works for a variety of clients in government and the private sector to promote design for sustainability and increased recovery of products and packaging at end of life.

Helen has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) since early 2010. She has also worked closely with the Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) since its inception on capacity building projects including delivery of workshops, guidelines and industry case studies.

Helen is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). She is co-author of:

  • ‘Packaging for Sustainability’, with Karli Verghese and Leanne Fitzpatrick (Springer, 2012)
  • ‘Design + Environment’, with John Gertsakis (Greenleaf, 2001).

Helen also serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

 

E-waste Collection and Recycling in Africa

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 6:56 am, March 4th, 2014

Our colleague Jean Cox-Kearns and Dell have helped to set up the first large-scale ‪e-waste/WEEE  recycling facility in Kenya. Check out the video below.

GlobalPSC News – February 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 6:55 am, February 28th, 2014

Vinyl Council Product Stewardship Program Review

The Vinyl Council of Australia, with input from stakeholders, has undertaken a second five year review of the Product Stewardship Program to evaluate the Program’s effectiveness, focusing on the past five years 2007-2012.

The review identifies future challenges for product stewardship in the PVC industry and proposes recommendations for ongoing Program development.

The review has found that Signatories have made effective and measurable progress over the past five years in implementing the Product Stewardship Program. A number of milestones have been achieved, despite the make-up of the Signatory base changing in that period, with a larger proportion of businesses importing PVC products, and more small businesses participating.

The progress made by Signatories against the commitments of the Program provides a strong foundation for the future. Nevertheless, the Vinyl Council and industry participants recognise that this is a journey and both the Program and the industry need to evolve to meet current and future challenges. A number of recommendations have been determined from the review, with the intention of updating and strengthening the Program to ensure it delivers effective improvements in an open and transparent way.

The Program will remain a relevant mechanism for the achievement of the industry’s sustainability goals. Download the report here.

 

 

Annalisa Casino, leader of GlobalPSC member Stewardship Italia, has just published a new book on stewardship. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin was invited to contribute the preface to the book.

The book is the first Italian text on the subject and explores the application of the concept of stewardship through an overview of its main areas of application: from product stewardship to the function of stewardship adopted by the World Health Organization, from the standards of paper and marine certification to antibiotic stewardship and management. The book also presents case studies of the experiences of stewardship in areas such as ethics / caring, relational ethics and social innovation of the professions.

According to Annalisa, the “objective of this work is to reconstruct the history of a model that attempts to reconcile the differences between a corporate approach to an ethical, psychological, sociological and motivational approach”.

Published in Italian, Stewardship, policies and practices for ethical management of resources is available here.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

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

At this event, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

New Publication – Stewardship by Annalisa Casino

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 5:27 pm, February 27th, 2014

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Annalisa Casino, leader of GlobalPSC member Stewardship Italia, has just published a new book on stewardship. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin was invited to contribute the preface to the book.

This volume is the first Italian text on the subject and explores the application of the concept of stewardship through an overview of its main areas of application: from product stewardship to the function of stewardship adopted by the World Health Organization, from the standards of paper and marine certification to antibiotic stewardship and management. The study also presents a case study of the experiences of stewardship in areas such as ethics / caring, relational ethics and social innovation of the professions.

According to Annalisa, the “objective of this work is to reconstruct the history of a model that attempts to reconcile the differences between a corporate approach to an ethical, psychological, sociological and motivational approach”.

Published in Italian, Stewardship, policies and practices for ethical management of resources is available here.

Vinyl Council Product Stewardship Program Review

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 6:59 am, February 26th, 2014

The Vinyl Council of Australia, with input from stakeholders, has undertaken a second five year review of the Product Stewardship Program to evaluate the Program’s effectiveness, focusing on the past five years 2007-2012.

The review identifies future challenges for product stewardship in the PVC industry and proposes recommendations for ongoing Program development.

The review has found that Signatories have made effective and measurable progress over the past five years in implementing the Product Stewardship Program. A number of milestones have been achieved, despite the make-up of the Signatory base changing in that period, with a larger proportion of businesses importing PVC products, and more small businesses participating.

The progress made by Signatories against the commitments of the Program provides a strong foundation for the future. Nevertheless, the Vinyl Council and industry participants recognise that this is a journey and both the Program and the industry need to evolve to meet current and future challenges. A number of recommendations have been determined from the review, with the intention of updating and strengthening the Program to ensure it delivers effective improvements in an open and transparent way.

The Program will remain a relevant mechanism for the achievement of the industry’s sustainability goals. Download the report here.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 4:23 am, February 20th, 2014

Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA) is a national, non-profit steward-founded and -owned organization. CSSA represents the recycling interests of Canadian businesses, while working on their behalf to create convenient and environmentally sustainable ways for consumers to dispose of the packaging and printed paper business creates.

For businesses that participate in recycling programs across Canada, CSSA makes it easy and seamless for them to meet their stewardship obligations by providing a harmonized approach to stewardship under a single administrative umbrella. CSSA offers a one-stop-shop for packaging and printed paper stewards to fulfill all of their stewardship obligations, doing away with costly replication province-by-province.

The programs CSSA provides management services for are either fully or partially funded by industry and includes packaging and printed paper recycling programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and also includes Ontario’s Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program.

On behalf of its stewards, and in the interest of consumers, CSSA is working to advance more comprehensive recycling systems that meet the needs and desires of consumers to recycle more and stay at the top of their recycling game.

For more information visit here.

 

GlobalPSC News – January 2014

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 4:33 pm, January 30th, 2014

Australia Launches National Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme

An industry-led national product stewardship scheme for used tyres has been launched 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.

 

Handheld Battery Product Stewardship Project Update

The Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) formed to support the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme for Australia has released their first project communique. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection leads the development of the scheme and provides Secretariat support for the BIWG. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin serves as the Independent Chair.

The BIWG comprises representation from:

Retailers, brand owners, battery manufacturers and other stakeholders have been invited to participate during the development of the scheme. The GlobalPSC has been active in the scheme’s development, including stakeholder consultations and gaining overseas perspectives from experts at Call2Recycle, Energizer and P&G. GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2 led the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship on behalf of SV.

The BIWG is developing a discussion paper on key issues for the design of the product stewardship scheme, including objectives, principles, scope, management, funding, targets and performance indicators. The first draft of this paper will be presented to jurisdictions and broader stakeholders 19 February in Canberra.

 

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

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

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.

 

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).
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.

 

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

 

Events Update

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

At this event, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

Handheld Battery Product Stewardship Project Update

Posted by GlobalPSC in Batteries at 3:59 pm, January 29th, 2014

The Battery Implementation Working Group (BIWG) formed to support the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme for Australia has released their first project communique. The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection leads the development of the scheme and provides Secretariat support for the BIWG. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin serves as the Independent Chair.

The BIWG comprises representation from:

Retailers, brand owners, battery manufacturers and other stakeholders have been invited to participate during the development of the scheme. The GlobalPSC has been active in the scheme’s development, including stakeholder consultations and gaining overseas perspectives from experts at Call2Recycle, Energizer and P&G. GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2 led the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship on behalf of SV.

The BIWG is developing a discussion paper on key issues for the design of the product stewardship scheme, including objectives, principles, scope, management, funding, targets and performance indicators. The first draft of this paper will be presented to jurisdictions and broader stakeholders 19 February in Canberra.

GlobalPSC Government Member – Australian Department of the Environment and Energy

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:58 am, January 28th, 2014

 

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The Department of the Environment and Energy administers Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products. The framework allows for voluntary industry led schemes, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. More information on the legislation and product stewardship in general can be found here.

 

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