The Global Product Stewardship Council

GlobalPSC 2012 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 7:14 pm, December 20th, 2012

2012 was a pretty active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2012 highlights include:

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Expanded our Knowledge Base and developed a new program database for GlobalPSC members
  • Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:
    • converted our website to WordPress to better share information
    • developed a newsletter with general articles as well as more detailed information for GlobalPSC members
    • created member profiles
    • an email distribution list of over 400 interested parties
    • discussions with over 670 members from 37 countries in a public forum on LinkedIn
    • increased presence through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and our home page

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011
  • Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
  • Started facilitating business case, public policy rationale and stakeholder engagement for paint and battery product stewardship initiatives for Sustainability Victoria
  • Facilitated and posted a video on the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally
  • Conducted a sustainable packaging breakfast series with the Sustainable Packaging Alliance

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2012 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 2013.

GlobalPSC Office-holders and Other Executive Committee Positions Reappointed

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 8:13 am, December 11th, 2012

Global Product Stewardship Council office-holders and other Executive Committee positions have been reappointed following today’s Annual General Meeting.

All current office-holders and Executive Committee members opted to run for re-election, as allowed under Council Rules, and were reappointed following a call for nominations from GlobalPSC members. The following office-holders were reappointed:

The GlobalPSC Executive Committee currently comprises the office-holders plus Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle, Neil Hastie and Ed Cordner. All positions will be in effect for one year.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – RED Group

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 11:08 am, December 7th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

We welcome RED Group as the latest member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. The REDcycle Program has been developed and implemented by the RED Group to recover and recycle soft plastic bags and packaging returned to drop off points by Australian consumers. The material is processed in Melbourne and then sent on to Victorian company, Replas, to be converted into recycled plastic furniture for schools and communities. The program is a working product stewardship model and is proudly supported by program partners Coles, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian Packaging Covenant, Amcor and Replas. Some of Australia’s most loved brands are also participating including Arnott’s, Cadbury, Birds Eye, George Weston Foods, Goodman Fielder, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, McCain and SunRice.

The involvement of these producers, retailers and industry bodies ensure that everyone involved in the life cycle of a product – manufacturers, distributors and consumers – share responsibility for that product throughout its entire life cycle, including its end-of-life outcome.

Strong GlobalPSC Representation on Australia’s New Product Stewardship Advisory Group

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 1:54 pm, December 6th, 2012

Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, today announced the establishment of a Product Stewardship Advisory Group to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act.

The group’s Chair and nine members have been appointed to three-year terms. Three of the members are active Global Product Stewardship Council members and active contributors to the GlobalPSC’s activities. These include:

Senator Farrell’s media release announcing the Product Stewardship Advisory Group and its composition is available here.

GlobalPSC News – November 2012

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 9:27 am, November 30th, 2012

This month’s GlobalPSC News highlights recent site visits to electronics recycling facilities in China and Asia, and proceedings from the recent Electronics Recycling Asia event in Guangzhou, China. Detailed information is available for GlobalPSC members that log in via the Members tab at globalpsc.net. In addition, we provide information on the new product stewardship plan for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia, Canada, and highlight new members and member profiles.

Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 9:13 am, November 30th, 2012

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) has posted its Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan and other information describing how it will collect and recycle PPP in British Columbia. MMBC submitted the PPP Stewardship Plan to the Ministry of Environment on 19 November, 2012.

MMBC previously sought feedback on a draft plan and invited interested parties to submit comments. Details are available here. The draft stewardship plan is available here and a summary of the consultation process is available here.

New GlobalPSC Members and Member Profiles

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 9:11 am, November 30th, 2012

Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for British Columbia

Posted by GlobalPSC in News at 6:32 pm, November 27th, 2012

Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) has posted its Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan and other information describing how it will collect and recycle PPP in British Columbia. MMBC submitted the PPP Stewardship Plan to the Ministry of Environment on 19 November, 2012.

MMBC previously sought feedback on a draft plan and invited interested parties to submit comments. Details are available here. The draft stewardship plan is available here and a summary of the consultation process is available here.

UPDATE: The MMBC PPP Stewardship Plan was updated in February and April 2013. The April 2013 version is available here.

Select Proceedings from Electronics Recycling Asia in Guangzhou, China

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 4:23 pm, November 27th, 2012

 

 

 

 

In November 2012, the Global Product Stewardship Council attended the Electronics Recycling Asia event in Guangzhou, China. Select presentations from the event have been posted on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, with the consent of the presenters.

The presentations posted include (in no particular order):

  • The Principles of Proper Regulation by Crystynna Ewe of Dell in Singapore
  • Sustaining Electronics Recycling Globally: Key Ingredients to a Successful Market by Robin K. Wiener of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. in the US
  • How does Taiwan Recycle Electronics Waste? by Prof. Hsiao-Kang Ma of the National Taiwan University Department of Mechanical Engineering in Taiwan
  • Rare Earth Recovery from Urban Mines: Recycling of Luminescent Powder from Fluorescent Lamps by Thomas Langer of OSRAM AG in Germany
  • European WEEE Recycling Standard – What will the EU WEEELABEX Standard Require of Global Recyclers? by Julie-Ann Adams of Really Green Credentials Ltd in the United Kingdom
  • Development of Total Recycling Technologies for Flat Panel Display Devices by Dr Hyun Seon Hong, of the Institute for Advanced Engineering in Korea
  • Electronic Product Stewardship in Australia and New Zealand by Russ Martin of the GlobalPSC

GlobalPSC members can log in to the Knowledge Base via the Members tab at www.globalpsc.net.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Vinyl Council of Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 7:24 pm, November 26th, 2012

The Vinyl Council of Australia was established in 1998 to advance the sustainability of the vinyl or PVC industry in Australia. Members are drawn from across the supply chain, representing a wide range of products.

In 2002 the Vinyl Council launched a Product Stewardship Program for the industry.

This voluntary initiative sets out a series of commitments for Signatories along the vinyl supply chain to address the environmental and health aspects associated with the life-cycle of PVC.  Over 35 Signatories are currently committed to actions in areas including manufacturing emissions, safe use of additives, and end-of-life management.

During ten years of operation the Program has resulted in improvements through reduced emissions, phasing out of lead and cadmium additives, waste management activities and adoption of life-cycle thinking in new product development.  Stakeholder feedback, annual reporting and expert scientific and technical research help to maintain the Program’s relevance and effectiveness.

Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan serves on the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

 

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