The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute held a special policy breakfast session with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment about British Columbia’s new requirement that all producers of packaging and printed paper collect and recycle the products they make and sell. BC currently has more product stewardship programs than any other North American jurisdiction and this latest regulation is considered a possible model for the U.S.
The BC Ministry’s David Lawes provided an overview of BC’s framework Recycling Regulation and extended producer responsibility in BC. Teresa Conner outlined the implications for packaging and printed paper. Click here for David’s presentation and click here for Teresa’s. Unfortunately, Teresa’s presentation was cut off on the next-to-last slide due to a technical problem. Video of the lengthy Q&A that followed the presentation is also not available. The full presentation for both speakers is available.
The session was held in conjunction with the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum and the 26th Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference in Portland, Oregon on 27 September, 2011. GlobalPSC members have had special access to these materials for several months, and we are now making them available to others that have expressed an interest in the GlobalPSC.
Thanks to the Product Stewardship Institute, David, Teresa and session sponsor Nestlé Waters North America for making the event possible. We’d also like to thank all those that attended. Despite allowing for a reasonable-sized crowd, we had standing room only and had to expand into an adjoining meeting room to accommodate the interest.
We are pleased to have as a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.
The Alberta Recycling Management Authority is a not-for-profit association responsible for managing Alberta’s electronics, tire and paint recycling programs. Known simply as “Alberta Recycling,” the organization reports to the Minister of Environment and is run by a Board of Directors representing many stakeholder groups.
The US EPA has released the Final Report of the Dialogue on Sustainable Financing of Recycling of Packaging at the Municipal Level. Dialogue participants (including Global Product Stewardship Council Executive Committee members Garth Hickle and Scott Cassel) were tasked with developing multiple strategies for financing municipal recycling systems focusing on consumer packaging. The US EPA will accept comments on the report until 9 February, 2012.
The Summit was held November 2010 in Sydney, Australia, and attracted some 100 experts from government, industry and other stakeholder groups. The Summit attracted an impressive line-up of international speakers who addressed a feast of product stewardship issues including harmonisation, voluntary and mandatory programs, and legislation.
The GlobalPSC developed an Issues Paper, available for download, that focuses on the key topics discussed at the Summit. Each topic is supported by case studies and includes:
• The Changing Role of Product Stewardship.
• Frameworks and Harmonisation.
• Voluntary Programs.
• Mandatory/Regulatory Programs.
• Producer Attitudes.
• Stakeholder Engagement and Involvement.
• Future Goals.
• International Product Stewardship Summit Information.
Proceedings are available for free to GlobalPSC members or at-cost for non-members. Details are available on the Events tab at www.globalpsc.net.
Given the results and interest expressed, we intend to hold comparable events as resources allow.
Please note that GlobalPSC contact details have been updated since the Issues Paper was originally developed.
Australia’s Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 took effect on 8 November 2011, three months after the Product Stewardship Act 2011 took effect. The Regulations provide for national, industry-run arrangements for collection and recycling of end-of-life televisions, computers and computer peripherals under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. The Regulations and Explanatory Notes are now available.
A Green Paper on packaging and sustainability has been released by EUROPEN, the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment. Stakeholders consulted during development of the Green Paper include representatives of environmental NGO’s, the European Commission, The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, retailers and retailer trade associations as well as EUROPEN’s corporate members. A media release and the Green Paper are now available.
We are pleased to have Call2Recycle® as a Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. Call2Recycle is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 60 million pounds of rechargeable batteries and cell phones from the solid waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public collection sites, including major retail partners. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Consumers, businesses and municipalities count on Call2Recycle as a way to dispose of a growing source of household waste and fulfill their mission for a more sustainable earth. The free program meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards in the world. Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle is operated by RBRC, a non-profit organisation.
Content on Call2Recycle provided by Kellen Jahn, Call2Recycle.
The Global Product Stewardship Council, Australian Packaging Covenant and Sustainable Packaging Alliance are bringing together senior executives in packaging sustainability to keep them abreast of current developments, learn from peer experiences and keep sustainability matters and the role of packaging on the company radar. The seminar will demonstrate the business case and benefits for investing in packaging sustainability initiatives and provides an opportunity to network with industry peers.
Friday, 9 December 2011 Hilton Hotel, 488 George St, Sydney
Time: 7.00 – 9.00am Cost: $75 inclusive of breakfast
Presenters and Topics:
David Carter, Director of Environmental Strategy and Sustainability, Lion Pty Ltd
The beverage and packaging industries in Australia have recently hammered out a program to voluntarily fund an additional $20 million per year to increase recycling at home and away from home, while decreasing litter. This is above and beyond contributions to the Australian Packaging Covenant and funding for other industry initiatives. The stakes are high, and timing is especially significant, as the Commonwealth and state governments evaluate the costs and benefits of a range of nation-wide efforts to increase recycling and decrease litter. Be one of the first to hear publicly about the details for program funding and learn how the funding will be spent to deliver meaningful results.
Gigy Philip, National Manufacturing and Packaging Services Manager and
Martin Orzinski, Technical Manager Packaging Services, Coca-Cola Amatil
‘Coke’ is one of the most recognised words in the English language, often second only to ‘okay’. The contour bottle has been an integral part of Coke’s success. As part of its commitment to sustainable development, Coke has led light-weighting and packaging design initiatives from eliminating HDPE base cups to figuring out how to blow mould the iconic contour bottle in PET to producing bio-based polymers on a major scale. These initiatives have provided both commercial benefits as well as contributing to reducing the environmental impacts of packaging. Hear how Coke approaches packaging sustainability, how it integrates this with other corporate goals and, the flow-on to its global supply chain partners.
Although we’ve had a number of individuals join the Global Product Stewardship Council, we’d like to welcome and profile Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes of Maine as the GlobalPSC’s first legislator to join as an individual.
Melissa is an elected State Representative in the Maine Legislature, serving her second term. Serving on Maine’s Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Melissa focuses on promoting the sustainable management of materials through product stewardship, both at the state and national level. Melissa was the sponsor of Maine’s first-in-the-US Product Stewardship Framework Law of 2010, and currently works with legislators, businesses, NGO’s and consultants around the world to help foster a constructive dialogue in this policy area.
Melissa blogs on product stewardship issues at The Innes EPR Report and works with various groups to hold discussions and forums on issues relevant to the policy area. Melissa was pleased to attend the GlobalPSC’s first International Product Stewardship Summit last year as a keynote speaker on the recently enacted framework legislation in her state, and continues to travel and speak nationally and internationally on product stewardship to diverse audiences. Melissa looks forward to her membership at the GlobalPSC, and encourages others to join as well.
MobileMuster, the recycling program of GlobalPSC Corporate member the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, encourages e-waste recycling to expand rapidly over the next five years and include all types of consumer electronics and business equipment.
“Since the inception of MobileMuster in 1999, we have had hundreds of questions from concerned Australians about how, and where, they can recycle TVs, computers, cameras, mp3 players, dvd players, batteries and home phones,” says Manager, Recycling with MobileMuster, Rose Read.
“Similarly, we have seen a rapid evolution and convergence in electronic products over this time such as tablets, which will continue at even a faster rate in the future,” continues Ms Read.
MobileMuster encourages government to include a mechanism within the draft regulation for the collection and recycling of old televisions and computers to ensure a regular review of the list of products included within each class of products. Given the rapid evolution and convergence of electronic products in the market, this review ideally would be every 12 months.
MobileMuster also encourages the government to promote and facilitate the establishment of other electronic product voluntary and/or co-regulatory schemes in addition to existing schemes like MobileMuster (mobile phones and accessories) and Cartridges 4 Planet Ark (printer cartridges) to address this gap in e-waste recycling.
The full media release is available here.