The Global Product Stewardship Council

Australia Establishes Priority Products for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 4:46 pm, July 4th, 2013

Australia has released a priority list of products potentially covered under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act). The Act provides a framework for establishing voluntary, co-regulatory and regulatory approaches for product stewardship. Under the Act, any future mandatory or co-regulatory approach must be preceded by 12 months notice before a particular product can have such a regulatory approach applied.

The designated products include:

  • Waste architectural and decorative paint
  • End-of-life handheld batteries (less than 2kg in weight)
  • Packaging (and subsets of packaging, such as consumer packaging and beverage packaging)
  • End-of-life air conditioners with small gas charges
  • End-of-life refrigerators with small gas charges

The reasons given for their inclusion on the list are available here. In April 2013, Environment Ministers from Australia and New Zealand acting as the  Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW) added end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint to their work plan. Preparation of a Decision Regulation Impact Statement is also underway for packaging.

Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP, sought advice from a range of sources including the Product Stewardship Advisory Group, the SCEW, jurisdictional priorities, industry stakeholders, and international obligations in determining the list.

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members serving on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group include:

The GlobalPSC has been working closely with the Australian Government and jurisdictions to draw upon international experience and expertise to further develop sensible, practical product stewardship approaches.

 

2013 WME Leaders List Recognises John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 10:42 pm, July 3rd, 2013

John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Global Product Stewardship Council Corporate Member Infoactiv, has been named as a ‘Resources and Waste Leader’ in the 2013 WME Leaders List. This acknowledgement resulted from over 100 nominations and more than 1500 public votes. The GlobalPSC is pleased to have supported John’s nomination and see this recognition as further proof of the emergence of product stewardship.

The WME Leaders List is an annual event focused on recognising individuals and their leadership qualities. It is judged by industry experts and the WME readership, and highlights outstanding individual achievements that advance sustainability.

There is movement across the Asia Pacific region for increased e-waste recycling of unwanted electrical and electronic products, including televisions, computers, printers, appliances and batteries. In Australia, the scale of the problem is significant with an estimated 106,000 tonnes of televisions and computers (16.8 million units) reaching end-of-life in recent years, and the numbers are growing. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is leading the way with various industry organisations rolling out collection and recycling services across urban and regional areas.

John was involved from the outset in 2000 with early calls to establish a national approach to industry-funded e-waste recycling. Underpinned by relentless advocacy, his collaborative approach with government, industry and NGOs played a critical role in realising the Commonwealth Product Stewardship Act 2011.

As part of a specialist team at Infoactiv, John’s work on e-waste recycling is now expanding into new sectors, and is aimed at helping organisations minimise business risk and environmental harm from a hybrid of products and related waste such as laptops, appliances, batteries, commercial furniture and polystyrene.

Infoactiv’s Managing Director, Helen Jarman noted that:

“John’s knowledge, history and action on product sustainability is comprehensive, and spans over a decade of consulting to brands, OEMs, industry associations and governments in Australia and New Zealand. John’s WME accolade further accentuates the quality of commitment and expertise fostered at Infoactiv in pursuit of exceeding customer expectations.”

John’s commitment to ensuring long term solutions to e-waste recycling began in 1996 with Australia’s first comprehensive report on e-waste titled ‘Short Circuiting Waste from Electrical and Electronic Products’, published by RMIT University. He also advised the consumer electronics industry on the development of TV recycling in Australia.

John’s work on environmental stewardship has been further highlighted through his appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, where his experience is directly relevant to recommending new products and wastes that could be addressed under the Product Stewardship Act.

In response to the Leaders List accolade, John said that:

“Being a WME Resources and Waste Leader is a wonderful honour and I feel truly humbled. More importantly it keeps product stewardship and e-waste recycling on the agenda. It also demonstrates that our customers and their investment in product recovery results in broader social, economic and environmental benefit.”

Global Product Stewardship Council CEO Russ Martin, nominated by peers to the Leaders List in the same category and also serving on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group, supported John’s win, saying,

“I have had the good fortune to work closely with John over the years, and was honoured to be nominated in the same category. John has long been a leader in product stewardship and is truly deserving of this broader recognition. We benefit from having strong GlobalPSC members such as John and Infoactiv, and we look forward to their ongoing contributions in our field.”   

GlobalPSC News – June 2013

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 12:54 pm, June 28th, 2013

I recently returned from a series of events in Canada and the US that provided the opportunity to meet with a wide variety of GlobalPSC members and other key players in product stewardship and producer responsibility. In addition to demonstrating the maturation of product stewardship broadly, the trip highlighted several areas of increased activity, reinforced the business case for product stewardship and brought to my atttention various new possibilities. Without revealing sensitive discussions, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the main findings for our members; just log in to the Members Area then click here.

DHL Supply Chain on Track for Electronics Recycling Targets

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 12:52 pm, June 28th, 2013

DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, has announced that it will meet the recycling target of 18,500 tonnes of e-waste set by the Federal Government under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and is on track to meet the “reasonable access” requirements of the Scheme. DHL Supply Chain’s Drop Zone service is free to residents and small businesses and helps support a number of social enterprises through employment opportunities across Australia.

“DHL Supply Chain is delighted to be leading the way in e-waste recycling in Australia. We’re proud to provide many Australians an alternative to landfill disposal and plan to make the service even more accessible to a greater number of people across Australia over the coming months with even more sites to go live,” said Peter Bruce, Senior Director, EnviroSolutions, DHL Supply Chain.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP said, “Congratulations to DHL on a successful first year of operations under the National Television and Computer Scheme. I wish DHL every success as the scheme continues to roll out across the country, providing Australian households and small businesses with access to free recycling drop-off points for their unwanted televisions and computers. DHL was the first organisation approved by the government to deliver services as part of this groundbreaking recycling initiative and it has certainly achieved a lot in one year.”

DHL Supply Chain now operates over 360 Drop Zones across Australia with many located at major retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks making it easier for people to dispose their e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner. For exact locations of e-waste recycling Drop Zones, as well as their accepted products and opening hours, please visit the Drop Zone site.

A media release announcing DHL’s progress and providing additional information is available here.

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 12:50 pm, June 28th, 2013

Events Update

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 12:49 pm, June 28th, 2013

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

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

Events Update

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 12:48 pm, June 28th, 2013

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

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

AIHA 2013 Asia-Pacific Conference Singapore 29-31 October

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 9:00 am, June 27th, 2013

 

 

 

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Product Stewardship Society will host the third annual Asia Pacific OH Conference + Exhibition from 29–31 October in Singapore at the Raffles City Convention Centre (RCCC). The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to be a Supporting Organisation for the event.

The 2013 Asia Pacific OH Conference + Exhibition is a must-attend event for any mid- or senior-level occupational health/hygiene, industrial hygiene, product stewardship and sustainability, or environmental health and safety professional who is dedicated to enhancing their careers and advancing their profession. The conference offers attendees opportunities to network and discuss the latest industry trends and findings with their peers while learning practical applications to manage occupational hygiene/environmental health and safety or product stewardship issues at the workplace.

The main conference programme will be divided into two tracks: a Stewardship & Sustainability track and a Technical Track covering a wide range of industry topics including noise, ergonomics, risk assessment, and respiratory protection. The two tracks will be bridged by a platform of sessions led by key opinion leaders representing multinational corporations as well as policy makers from around the world. On 29 October, AIHA will also offer three Professional Development Courses (PDCs) on noise control engineering, ergonomics, and product registration requirements in Asia Pacific. The full programme, session descriptions and speaker biographies can be viewed on the conference website.

DHL Supply Chain on Track for Electronics Recycling Targets

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 6:12 pm, June 24th, 2013

 

 

 

 

DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, today announced that it will meet the recycling target of 18,500 tonnes of e-waste set by the Federal Government under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and is on track to meet the “reasonable access” requirements of the Scheme. DHL Supply Chain’s Drop Zone service is free to residents and small businesses and helps support a number of social enterprises through employment opportunities across Australia.

“DHL Supply Chain is delighted to be leading the way in e-waste recycling in Australia. We’re proud to provide many Australians an alternative to landfill disposal and plan to make the service even more accessible to a greater number of people across Australia over the coming months with even more sites to go live,” said Peter Bruce, Senior Director, EnviroSolutions, DHL Supply Chain.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP said, “Congratulations to DHL on a successful first year of operations under the National Television and Computer Scheme. I wish DHL every success as the scheme continues to roll out across the country, providing Australian households and small businesses with access to free recycling drop-off points for their unwanted televisions and computers. DHL was the first organisation approved by the government to deliver services as part of this groundbreaking recycling initiative and it has certainly achieved a lot in one year.”

DHL Supply Chain now operates over 360 Drop Zones across Australia with many located at major retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks making it easier for people to dispose their e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner. For exact locations of e-waste recycling Drop Zones, as well as their accepted products and opening hours, please visit the Drop Zone site.

A media release announcing DHL’s progress and providing additional information is available here.

GlobalPSC Member – Recycling Reinvented

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 12:03 am, June 18th, 2013
Recycling Reinvented (RR) is a 501 (c)(3) organization formed in January 2012, committed to increasing recycling rates of waste packaging and printed material in the United States through a business-driven EPR model (a mandated form of product stewardship).
RR focuses on direct education and information presentations to key stakeholders on specific legislation they have developed, with outreach to food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods companies, retailers, business associations, regulators from all levels of government and environmental organizations.  Their model legislation requires that brand owners of packaging and printed materials cover the cost of recycling their product waste, substantially increasing recycling rates, reducing government spending, and using private sector efficiencies to reduce the overall cost of recycling. Recycling Reinvented’s ultimate goal is to progress a new recycling paradigm in the United States, highly accessible to all citizens and financed by industry through consumer purchases, not by the taxpayer.
RR’s staff and board members are working to build the capacity of national and local companies, governments and NGOs to advocate for EPR. With a highly engaged board of directors, they will apply their extensive experience developing, implementing and adapting this model to bring environmental and business benefits to the U.S. From 2007 to 2010, RR’s Executive Director Paul Gardner served as a state representative in the Minnesota House of Representatives, authoring successful legislation to protect and conserve drinking water, reduce solid & hazardous waste, and increase recycling. From 1997 to 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota in St. Paul, carrying out successful and cost-effective statewide media campaigns to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of recycling. RR’s Deputy Director Melissa Walsh Innes is a recently retired state representative from the Maine House of Representatives who sponsored successful legislation in recycling and product stewardship, including the first-in-the-nation Product Stewardship Framework Law of 2010. Their board of directors includes Kim Jeffery, Chairman of Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA); noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; Bill Shireman, CEO of The Future 500; Conrad MacKerron of the shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow as well as ReCommunity Founder James Bohlig.
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