British Columbia is a leader in developing producer responsibility programs. The BC Recycling Regulation requires producers to collect and recycle the products that they make and sell. This provides producers with a financial incentive to make and sell products that are more durable, reusable and recyclable; contain less toxic material and never become waste.
The BC Ministry of Environment oversees 18 industry-led product stewardship and EPR programs, currently more than any other North American jurisdiction. The programs and the years they were first implemented are:
- Paint (1994)
- Pesticides (1996)
- Gasoline (1996)
- Solvents and flammable liquids (1996)
- Pharmaceuticals (1996)
- Beverage containers (1997)
- Lubricating oil (2003)
- Tires (2007)
- TVs and computers (2007)
- Batteries (2009)
- Cell phones / mobile phones (2009)
- Audio Visual (2010)
- Thermostats (2010)
- Fluorescent lamps (2010)
- Car batteries (2011)
- Smoke detectors (2011)
- Antifreeze (2011)
- Small appliances (2011)
- Expansion to Electronic and Electronic Product Category, including: large appliances; tools; automatic dispenser; medical equipment; lamps and fixtures; ITT; toys; monitoring and control equipment; audio visual and media (2012)
- Packaging and printed paper (2014)
In September 2011, the Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute held a special policy breakfast session with the Ministry about BC’s new requirement that all producers of packaging and printed paper collect and recycle the products they make and sell. Event details and presentations are available here.
New information on packaging product stewardship has been posted on the Global Product Stewardship Council Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.
GlobalPSC President Russ Martin presented “Packaging Product Stewardship: Global Developments” on 14 June, 2012 at the Australian Institute of Packaging National Conference at Surfers Paradise, Australia. The presentation highlights current and likely activity in the near future for Europe, Canada, the US, South Africa, Israel and Australia.
GlobalPSC members can access the information by logging in to the Knowledge Base at www.globalpsc.net and clicking on the Packaging category.
New information on product stewardship has been posted on the Global Product Stewardship Council Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, courtesy of GlobalPSC members the Product Stewardship Institute.
Presentations from PSI’s CEO and Founder Scott Cassel have been posted for the following:
- Product Stewardship: Reducing Impacts along the Supply Chain
- Effective Producer Take-Back and Recycling Programs
- The Conversation on EPR for Packaging and Printed Materials in North America
- Extended Producer Responsibility and the Potential for Increased Material Recovery
- Product Stewardship: Facts and Theory – Will it Increase Recycling?
GlobalPSC members can access the information by logging in to the Knowledge Base at www.globalpsc.net and clicking on the Frameworks & Harmonisation category.
Invitation for feedback on revised cost recovery arrangements for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements
A message from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, a GlobalPSC member
In February 2012, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (the department) released for public comment the Consultation Paper on the Proposed Model for Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Arrangements (February 2012 Consultation Paper). Feedback obtained from this consultation is informing the development of a Ministerial Determination for the accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements and regulations for application fees under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. A copy of the February 2012 Consultation Paper may be obtained at www.environment.gov.au/product-stewardship.
Following the public consultation on the February 2012 Consultation Paper the fees for the assessment of applications, contained in Appendix A, were revised. The detail of these revisions is outlined in the attached document, Revised Cost Recovery Arrangements for Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Arrangements (Revised Cost Recovery Paper). Specifically, changes have been made to section 4.3 relating to the costs to be included in fees.
Given the changes to the application fees, the department thought it appropriate that interested parties should be given the opportunity to provide comment on the revised fees. Written submissions on the Revised Cost Recovery Paper are sought by 22 June 2012. Submissions and the submission coversheet will be accepted by email or hardcopy sent to:
Product Stewardship Policy Team
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
The Product Stewardship Institute, a founding member of the GlobalPSC, is hosting a webinar on voluntary and mandatory product stewardship programs featuring a range of North American experts, most of whom are also GlobalPSC members.
Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs—Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
Thursday, June 14
1:00-2:30 PM ET/10:00-11:30 AM PT
Overview: The producer responsibility approach seeks to engage manufacturers in taking greater financial and management responsibility for reducing the environmental and social impacts of their products over the entire lifecycle. Product stewardship programs can take the form of voluntary industry-driven programs, as well as programs that are regulated. Which achieve better outcomes? Which are most cost effective? Which ones are paving the way forward toward the proper balance between government regulation and free market innovation? Which functions are better for government to manage and which should be the domain of producers? This webinar will explore a controversial topic about which there are many strong opinions. We will hear from those who advocate for all sides of the issue, in the U.S. and Canada.
Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute
- Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Electronics Association
- Neil Hastie, President and CEO, Encorp Pacific
- Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
- Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- David Lawes, Head, Industry Product Stewardship, British Columbia Ministry of Environment
- Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County, Washington
Dear Global Product Stewardship Council member,
We would like to thank you for your support of the GlobalPSC and let you know of some important upcoming changes that are intended to help ensure you have ongoing value from your membership.
We have upgraded our website to better enable us to share meaningful information.
Member profiles can now be more actively promoted. Current profiles are available here. We urge GlobalPSC members that have not already been profiled to email us and ensure program information and any social media contact details are up to date so we can prepare the profile. We can also update the profiles, so please advise us of any changes you would like to make.
We will also be publishing a regular GlobalPSC newsletter as a service to our members and a supplement to our social media updates. We intend to issue these newsletters roughly once per month.
We will examine new developments in product stewardship and feature one product type or program. Events that the GlobalPSC is hosting, presenting at or otherwise supports will also be featured. See below for a summary of currently planned events.
GlobalPSC newsletters will provide some information we make publicly available as well as some information that current members can click to access in greater detail. All members are provided access when joining the GlobalPSC and your login details will be the basis for accessing additional information from the newsletter.
Please follow the test link below to ensure that you will have access to this information.
In addition to the items you can currently access through our members-only Knowledge Base, we are actively compiling a database of product stewardship and producer responsibility programs. Details will be forthcoming. Feel free to contact us to share information about your own program or to request research on a particular program or topic.
As always, we appreciate your ongoing support.
MobileMuster has been a Corporate Member of the GlobalPSC from our start and a strong sponsor of GlobalPSC events.
MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry’s official, not-for-profit, product stewardship program. It was established voluntarily by the mobile phone industry to minimise the impact of mobile phones and their accessories on the environment at the end of their useful life. This free recycling service aims to:
- keep old mobile phones, batteries and accessories out of landfill,
- recycle them to the highest environmental standards, and
- maximize the percentage of materials recovered so they can be reused therefore substituting new raw materials.
No mobiles or accessories are sold for reuse.
Since the mobile telecommunications industry introduced its recycling service in 1999 through the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), MobileMuster has collected 886 tonnes of mobile waste including over 6.34 million mobile phones and batteries which have been kept out of landfill.
The Global Product Stewardship Council is hosting or presenting at the following events:
- Round Tables on Sustainable Packaging – 8 August & 24 October in Sydney, Australia; 10 August & 26 October in Melbourne, Australia*
- WasteMINZ Conference, 16-19 October in Hamilton, New Zealand
- Zero Waste Summit 2012, 22-23 October in Melbourne, Australia*
- Electronics Recycling Asia, 13–16 November in Guangzhou, China
- Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo, 21-22 November in Sydney, Australia*
One or more GlobalPSC Executive Committee members will also be attending the following:
- Resource Recycling Conference, 28-29 August, Austin, USA
- WEEE Forum Conference, 20-21 September 2012, London, United Kingdom
At each of these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.
* GlobalPSC member discounts available
AgStewardship Australia became the first Sustaining Corporate member of the GlobalPSC in May 2011 and continues to be one of our most active members.
AgStewardship Australia Limited develops and implements stewardship programs for Australia’s agricultural sector. It is a not-for-profit company, which brings together a partnership of organisations representing the supply chain, from chemical manufacturers to primary producers and local government. These partners share the common goal of managing safely agricultural chemicals and their containers, from manufacture to disposal. The organisation is responsible for overseeing the successful drumMUSTER® and ChemClear® programs, which have become benchmarks for voluntary product stewardship in Australia.
The drumMUSTER program has recently collected more than 21 million waste containers.
CEO Karen Gomez explained why AgStewardship Australia became a Sustaining Corporate member, “The Global Product Stewardship Council is a logical extension for AgStewardship Australia. Its knowledge network is a valuable opportunity to understand the advances and issues facing product stewardship from an international perspective. It provides AgStewardship a forum to share its insights and interact with leaders in the field, while contributing to fostering product stewardship.”
Karen participated in our International Product Stewardship Summit and as a plenary speaker at the GlobalPSC’s Product Stewardship Implementation Workshop. Karen also represented AgStewardship Australia on the GlobalPSC North American study tour and spoke at international product stewardship events.
On behalf of the Canadian Toy Association, the Canadian Brandowner Residual Stewardship Corporation has partnered with Waste Management Canada Inc’s Upstream Division to implement the Stewardship Program for Electronic Toys.
The first phase of the Stewardship Program aims to generate credible information on efficient collection methods, recoverable volumes and recovery rates. The initial information will be used to further design and modify the implementation of the Stewardship Program.
The consultation paper and background information are available here.