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, 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.
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.
We are pleased to have the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as the latest Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.
CalRecycle brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship.
Through the landmark initiatives of the 1980’s such as the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California has gone from single-digit recycling rates, sparse infrastructure, and few end markets for recyclables to a diversion rate equivalent of 65%, and a beverage container recycling rate of 82%. This was accomplished with the hard work and dedication of all of CalRecycle’s partners in this endeavor including local jurisdictions, the waste and recycling industry, and the public who embraced the new programs.
Now, California’s Legislature and Governor Brown, through enactment of AB 341, (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011) have directed CalRecycle to propose a plan for the next step in the evolution of California’s solid waste stream management. The law establishes a goal for California that not less than 75% of the solid waste generated be source-reduced, recycled or composted by 2020. It also requires CalRecycle to provide a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2014 detailing strategies to achieve that policy goal.
CalRecycle’s vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.
Whistler, British Columbia – The Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) has appointed Russ Martin as Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. During the opening session of the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Zero Waste Conference, Russ also announced Neil Hastie as the new President.
Russ has over 20 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. He is Director of consultancy MS2 and is a GlobalPSC founder in addition to serving as President for the first three years of the GlobalPSC’s existence.
“We’ve grown the GlobalPSC to over 40 members in 11 countries and put in place a variety of resources to add value to our members, in addition to influencing development of product stewardship across a range of products. I’m pleased to have this opportunity to continue building the GlobalPSC and expanding our network to best learn from the lessons of product stewardship and producer responsibility programs internationally. Neil has been integral to our efforts and his experience with running a leading recovery program is invaluable.” Russ said.
Neil is President and CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada) with over 15 years experience running extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs in British Columbia, Canada. He previously held a variety of general management positions in retailers across the country.
“There is an increasing commitment to corporate sustainability for organizations based in North America and operating globally. Producer responsibility can be one of the pillars in a successful sustainability strategy. Evaluating and tracking national and global trends in the performance and costs for voluntary, co-regulatory and regulated systems is an imperative for robust enterprise risk management. The GlobalPSC assists its members in this analysis. I am enthused by the opportunity to intensify my contribution to the Council and to assist in enhancing value for our current and increasing base of business, government and NGO members.” said Neil.
This year MobileMuster is also celebrating 15 years since its inception. Since late 1998 the mobile phone industry has collected and recycled more than 1,000 tonnes of old mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories – keeping them out of landfill.
This infographic provides a snapshot of the industry’s recycling achievements over the last 15 years.
Recycling materials properly is a high priority. MobileMuster’s recovery rate of 93% now complies with the new 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 2011-12 the materials recovered replaced the need to mine at least 1,165 tonnes of precious metal ores for gold, silver and copper as well as iron ore, aluminium and other metals.
None of the mobiles or accessories received by MobileMuster are sold overseas for reuse where potentially they could end up in landfills or processed in unethical and unsafe ways causing environmental harm and risk to human health. All data is destroyed during the recycling process.
The mobile phone industry works with retailers, local governments, schools, workplaces and the Australian community to ensure everyone can recycle their old mobile safely and easily. Click here to learn more about The MobileMuster Promise.
To learn more about the program or how you can be involved MobileMuster visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or call 1300 730 070.
MobileMuster is a Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Recycling Manager Rose Read is Treasurer of the GlobalPSC.
Expand your knowledge base. Get inside information on product stewardship and producer responsibility programs and policies to improve performance, reduce risks and reduce costs. Click here to find out more.
The GlobalPSC is an independent, non-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship. GlobalPSC members include businesses of all sizes, NGOs and governments at federal, state/provincial and local levels.
As a membership-based organisation providing an online clearinghouse of independent, objective information on product stewardship, the GlobalPSC does not advocate for or against particular approaches. Rather, we help stakeholders to understand the objectives, strengths and weaknesses of various programs based on independent, peer-reviewed analysis and sharing information on emerging initiatives through an international network of product stewardship practitioners.
Conference, exhibition and plant tours organized by World Recycling Forum
The next top quality conference in electronics recycling will take place from November 12 – 15, 2013 in exciting Singapore.
During the conference, leading recycling experts from around the world – including manufacturers, collectors, processors, steelmakers, legislators and policy makers – will meet to discuss:
- Circular economy in Asia
- How do countries and electronics manufacturing companies close the recycling loop?
- Worldwide take back schemes and challenges of OEMs
- Reports about strategic metals recycling (PGM, rare earth elements)
- Best available recycling technologies
- Metal and scrap trading
- How to recycle lamps and other mercury containing scraps
An exhibition area is integrated into the conference facility, where vendors meet their clients. Furthermore, cocktail receptions and networking dinner offer an excellent atmosphere to get in touch with your business partners, friends and competitors.
The conference is a platform to exchange information, to meet new business partners and to get easy access to new potential clients.
- Asia’s power has strong impact on the international recycling business
- Learn from the speakers and exhibitors of the conference
- Plant tours: You will have the chance visiting manufacturing and recycling companies in Singapore
- Meet your clients and sell your services and products
- Get in touch with the players and also the new upcoming companies of Asia
Shifting the Burden of Recycling: Yale Journal Explores the State of Extended Producer Responsibility
This strategy, known as extended producer responsibility (EPR), is the subject of a new special feature in Yale University’s Journal of Industrial Ecology. The special feature examines the use of EPR across diverse scales-from countries to provinces and states-and investigates work underway in the U.S., the European Union, Canada, China, Brazil and the State of Washington. The application of EPR to e-waste is a particular focus of the research in the special feature.
The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Articles in the special feature are freely downloadable for a limited time here.
Partial support for this special feature was provided by Nestle Waters North America with additional funding from Reverse Logistics Group Americas LLC.
In April 2013 DHL Supply Chain, an approved co-regulatory arrangement under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (Scheme), operator of the Drop Zone program and Global Product Stewardship Council Sustaining Corporate member, held a workshop in Sydney for liable parties under the Scheme. DHL is holding a similar workshop early May in Melbourne.
As part of our ongoing efforts to draw meaningful lessons from international experience, the GlobalPSC is conducting further research into comparing recycling rates and costs of recycling between product stewardship and EPR programs. DHL invited the GlobalPSC’s Russ Martin to preview the GlobalPSC’s research on making meaningful comparisons between electronics product stewardship programs.
The presentation, posted in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, addresses producer responsibility programs for electronics in the US, Canada and Europe, discusses the challenges in comparing costs of electronics programs, provides several case studies and explores market trends for electronics.
Encorp Pacific (Canada) was originally formed in 1994 and appointed by beverage brand owners as the not-for-profit product stewardship corporation responsible for all beverage containers and all alcohol beverage containers (except for aluminum beer cans and refillable beer bottles).
Since its inception, Encorp has fulfilled the requirements of the British Columbia Recycling Regulation. This regulation calls for the submission of a revised plan every five years.
- May 10 1:00pm – 3:00pm BCIT Downtown Campus, (555 Seymour Street, Room 282/284)
- May 24 1:00pm – 3:00pm The Westin Resort & Spa (4090 Whistler Way, Whistler)
- June 4 1:00pm – 3:00pm Sandman Signature Hotel (2990 Recplace Dr Prince George)
- June 12 1:00pm – 3:00pm Prestige, Rocky Mountain Resort (209 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook)
To register online for any one of the above-noted sessions, click here.
Encorp Pacific is a long-standing Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Encorp’s President & CEO Neil Hastie serves on the GlobalPSC Executive Committee.
New Product Stewardship Developments in Australia and New Zealand
April has seen a flurry of activity on product stewardship in Australia. Some highlights include:
- Australia and New Zealand Environment Ministers taking action on paint and batteries
- approval of a national voluntary tyre stewardship scheme
- the Australian Government released a discussion paper which proposes amendments to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and seeks feedback
- Australia’s first first trade waste paint trial has commenced
In addition, GlobalPSC President Russ Martin and Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv John Gertsakis have been nominated by peers for the 2013 WME magazine Leaders List Awards and made the cut for the top five nominees in the Resources & Waste category. Details on how you can vote in support of product stewardship are available here. Voting closes in just over a week.
On 16 April the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive that will amend the Accounting Directives by requiring companies with more than 500 employees and either a balance sheet total of over EUR 20 million or a net turnover of over EUR 40 million, to include in their annual reports a non-financial statement containing information relating to environmental, social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery matters.
New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles
Australia’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
The Global Product Stewardship Council is presenting at or attending the following events:
- RCBC Zero Waste Conference, 22-24 May in Whistler, Canada
- Conference on Canadian Stewardship, 16-18 September in Toronto, Canada
- WasteMINZ Conference, 21-24 October in Rotorua, New Zealand
- Electronics Recycling Asia, 13–15 November in Singapore
At each of these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities. Other events are expected to be added in the near future, so watch this space.