Call2Recycle is the only no cost rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of batteries from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification, as well as e-Steward recognition from the Basel Action Network (BAN). Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle is operated by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit organization funded by product manufacturers across the globe committed to environmentally-sound recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones. These manufacturers place the RBRC recycling seal on their rechargeable products and batteries, informing users that they are recyclable.
CEO and President Carl Smith serves as Treasurer of the GlobalPSC.
The Global Product Stewardship Council has developed an overview on making the most of GlobalPSC membership that addresses communications, events and member services. The overview is available here.
The theme of this years’ WasteMINZ Conference is Challenge, Change and Collaboration. It is about recognising the many challenges our industry faces in these times of significant fiscal and resource constraint and ensuring we plan smartly for the inevitable societal, legislative and policy changes ahead. We want to actively explore how government, the private sector and communities can work collaboratively to address these issues.
As always, the Conference will provide opportunities for all those working in the waste and resource recovery sector to showcase and share their achievements. There is an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, both for plenary sessions and technical sessions, plus there are workshops and special interest sessions to choose from.
The Conference Programme is available here.
The Global Product Stewardship Council is a Bronze Sponsor of the Conference and partnering with WasteMINZ to help address product stewardship. GlobalPSC President Russ Martin will be presenting the GlobalPSC’s international perspective on e-waste and chairing a session on product stewardship. Be sure to catch up with us around the sessions or stop by the GlobalPSC stand at site 21.
Perchards monitors and analyses legislative developments on packaging, e-waste and spent batteries worldwide, and helps companies with compliance. Perchards has advised more than 350 clients in 36 countries, and its web-based information service is used by subscribers from all over the world.
Perchards publishes comprehensive and regularly updated reports on legislation and policy in 40 European countries and at EU level, and has also published surveys of packaging legislation and policy in the Canadian provinces, US states and in 15 African countries. It also offers clients a tailored service providing monitoring and information, policy analysis and advice on strategic development.
Perchards has carried out studies for the European Commission, the World Bank group, the Commonwealth of Australia, the EPA of one Australian state, the Czech Environment Ministry, the Irish EPA, the Slovak Environment Ministry and for two government departments in the UK.
They include a major report for the Commission on the implementation of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and its impact on the functioning of the European Internal Market. From 2001 to 2007 Perchards also took part in a series of Commission seminars in EU candidate countries, explaining aspects of implementation of the Directive, the lessons learned by existing member states and the pitfalls to be avoided.
Perchards has given evidence to a Knesset committee in Israel and helped to prepare South Africa’s Packaging and Paper Industry Waste Management Plan for submission to the government. Consultants from Perchards regularly speak at conferences all over the world, and in 2011 outlined European experience of extended producer responsibility (EPR) at a US state legislators’ forum.
Managing Director David Perchard has written several papers on packaging eco-design, and from 1998 to 2006 was Packaging Consultant to CEN, the European Standards Committee, while the European standards on packaging and the environment were being developed. David also serves as GlobalPSC Vice-President.
We are pleased to announce the latest Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, Plasback.
Tapex are a Sydney-based plastics manufacturer and a major supplier of fodder conservation plastic to the rural sector in Australia and New Zealand.
Tapex are committed to successfully manage for a better environment, add business value through sustainable practices and to accepting producer responsibility for their products even after they leave Tapex’s premises.
In 2006, Tapex (through its subsidiary Agpac) launched a voluntary product stewardship program for silage wrap in New Zealand. The scheme now collects over 1000 tonnes a year of plastics for reprocessing.
In 2010 Tapex launched the Plasback product stewardship program in Australia and the New Zealand program was rebranded Plasback.
In April 2010 Plasback became the first government accredited rural product stewardship scheme in New Zealand.
Plasback in both countries collects and recycles a range of farm plastics, not just their own but all brands. They can achieve this through the support of government, industry and the rural community.
Tapex are a participant in the NSW government Sustainability Advantage program and the PACIA (Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association) Sustainability Leadership Framework.
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle—with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. With experience in nearly 20 product categories, PSI brings together stakeholders with varying interests to develop product stewardship solutions in a collaborative manner, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, encouraging product design changes, and advocating for producer responsibility.
PSI has 47 state environmental agency members and hundreds of local government members, along with over 100 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners. Together, they achieve their product stewardship goals by designing, implementing, evaluating, strengthening, and promoting both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America.
PSI strives to achieve the following financial, social, and environmental goals with every initiative it undertakes:
- Minimize waste management costs, particularly for taxpayers and government agencies;
- Create recycling and waste management jobs in safe, fair trade conditions; and
- Reduce waste, increase product reuse, and boost recycling rates while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and the use of toxic chemicals.
Martin Stewardship & Management Strategies Pty Ltd (MS2) is a Foundation Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.
MS2 advises businesses and governments on development and integration of product stewardship and sustainability approaches through robust analysis, pragmatic strategies, business case development, stakeholder engagement and communications.
Specialist expertise includes:
- Product stewardship
- Regulatory affairs
- Sustainability strategies and reporting
The company was founded by Russ Martin in 2004. Russ is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with over 25 years experience in public policy development and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. Russ is Chief Executive Officer of the GlobalPSC and has led the GlobalPSC’s development across all aspects, from strategy and governance to event production and communications.
The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to work together to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.
Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:
- Design packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable;
- Increase the recovery and recycling of used packaging from households and away-from-home sources; and
- Take action to reduce the incidence and impacts of litter.
The Covenant aims to ensure that all companies involved in the packaging chain play their part by delivering on these commitments.
Currently over 900 organisations (business and industry, government and non-government) are signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant.
The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to announce that we are working with one of our longest-standing government members, Sustainability Victoria (SV), and the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) to facilitate battery product stewardship in Australia.
Sustainability Victoria’s BatteryBack program has been running for the last 5 years and has collected and processed over 6.7 tonnes of domestic batteries. However, 4.6 tonnes has been collected in the last 2 years, indicating more than just steady growth. It is SV’s intention to grow the collection system to increase the access for Victorians to drop off their spent batteries to be processed responsibility and develop the business case to reduce cost.
The GlobalPSC is assisting SV and ABRI through research, facilitation of stakeholder discussions, insight on lessons learned from overseas programs and developing the public policy and business case for battery product stewardship. The first step is initial stakeholder discussions, with an aim to developing a strategic plan to address domestic battery stewardship over the next three years.
Batteries hold special significance for the GlobalPSC. We led a European study tour that included industry-led battery product stewardship programs in Belgium and Switzerland (referred to as BEBAT and INOBAT, respectively). Several GlobalPSC corporate members, Call2Recycle, Raw Materials Company Inc., MobileMuster and TES-AMM Australia New Zealand operate programs that collect and recycle various batteries. One of our government members, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, has also implemented product stewardship for batteries.
In this video produced exclusively for the Global Product Stewardship Council, Steve Rust, Managing Director of Panasonic Australia, discusses the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally. Panasonic is a Corporate Member of the GlobalPSC and launched the video at the GlobalPSC’s Product Stewardship Implementation Workshop in July 2012.