Our first member to be profiled is AgStewardship Australia, the first Sustaining Corporate member of the GlobalPSC.
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.
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.”
The City of Sydney has just released its Interim Waste Strategy, which highlights the need to address problematic wastes through extended producer responsibility (EPR). We are pleased to see that Sydney recognises the value of groups such as the Global Product Stewardship Council in facilitating the development of effective product stewardship and EPR approaches. The Strategy specifically references support for the GlobalPSC and the City of Sydney was one of our first members, so we certainly appreciate such clear demonstrations of support.
The investigation of solutions for waste treatment that establish energy recovery solutions as a final step in resource recovery is a strategic priority of the Strategy as an essential contribution towards the reduction of Sydney’s overall greenhouse gas emissions. By introducing an energy recovery step into Sydney’s waste hierarchy, Sydney also aims to reduce any garbage requiring landfilling after treatment from the current 45 per cent to below 10 per cent.
Other proposed key waste management approaches, such as improving support for re-use activity across Sydney, promoting EPR and solutions for e-waste and other hazardous wastes, are identified in the Strategy and aligned with the recycling and treatment approaches to ensure the removal of any impediments to the broadest possible recovery of resources from Sydney’s waste.
The Strategy maintains Sydney’s role in controlling the collection and disposal of waste generated by residents, but also seeks to define a broader role in influencing the management of waste arising from commercial waste sectors and in advocating for State and Federal Government to extend support for waste avoidance schemes.
Content provided courtesy of Mark McKenzie, City of Sydney Waste Strategy Manager
The Global Product Stewardship Council recently conducted an analysis of eco-fee visibility in producer responsibility. The analysis was originally posted on the Knowledge Base for GlobalPSC members, along with several relevant articles on eco-fee developments in Canada and made available to registrants for a webinar on funding for producer responsibility that the GlobalPSC held in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Institute. We intend for the analysis to serve as a starting point for discussing specific funding approaches. Links to the analysis and relevant articles are provided below.
The Global Product Stewardship Council will be providing a global perspective on product stewardship at the Product Stewardship & Innovation in Resource Recovery session of the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo on 10 November 2011 in Sydney. We’re looking forward to interesting discussions with our Australian colleagues.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSION 10 NOVEMBER
|12:30 – 12:40||Welcome from Chair & Acknowledgement of MobileMuster (Conference Sponsor)|
|12:40 – 1:00||Peter Brisbane, Director Television and Computer Regulator Team, Waste Policy Branch, Federal Government DSEWPaC. Product Stewardship Bill 2011 & Regulations for TV & Computer Scheme|
|1:00 – 1:15||Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council
Product Stewardship around the world, a global perspective.
|1:15 – 1:35||John Gertsakis, Senior Sustainability Associate, WSP Environment & Energy
An industry view on the national TV and computer product stewardship scheme: the pathway to implementation
|1:35 – 2:30||Panel Discussion: Important but challenging waste streams and product stewardship
Rose Read, Helen Lewis, Lorraine Lilley and Silvio de Denaro shall be given 10 minutes to present. A facilitated panel discussion with questions from the audience will follow.
|2:30-3:00||Break in Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo|
|3:00-3:20||Rob Pascoe, Managing Director, Closed Loop
NEW Closed Loop Organics Bin. Onsite food waste processing unit appropraite for hospitals, restaurants, hotels, events and more.
|3:20-3:40||David Catalovski, Managing Director, GreenMoney and Talebul Islam, Randwick City Council
NEW GreenMoney trial. Residents earn redeemable points for recycling. Economic incentives for recycling.
|4:00||Free Expo Welcome Reception
Network with colleagues and clients at this sophisticated industry function. Discuss new ideas and upcoming projects over a beverage and canapé. Enjoy the entertainment provided for your enjoyment. This two-hour function is the perfect prelude to a business dinner in Darling Harbour.
The welcome reception will commence at 4:00pm, at the closure of the “Product Stewardship & Innovation” conference. The function will run for two hours and will be held in the exhibition hall.
TO REGISTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE
Location: Hall 5, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Consultation on Australia’s Draft Regulations for the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme
The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities will release an exposure draft of the Product Stewardship (Television and Computer) Regulations 2011 (the Regulations) which will underpin the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in early September 2011 for a four week public consultation period. Following the consultation process, the Regulations are expected to be made into law before the end of 2011.
Consultation on the exposure draft of the Regulations allows all stakeholders and interested members of the community the opportunity to consider and contribute to the final content of the Regulations and operation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Consultation on the draft Regulations builds on the extensive consultation undertaken in March and April 2011 on the proposed design of the Regulations.
Public meetings will be held nationally between 13 September 2011 and 21 September 2011 in all Australian capital cities.
|Tues 13 September 2011||Sydney||10:00am – 12:00pm||Rydges World Square|
|Tues 13 September 2011||Adelaide||8:30am – 10:30am||Rydges South Park|
|Wed 14 September 2011||Brisbane||9:30am – 11:30am||Mantra South Bank|
|Wed 14 September 2011||Melbourne||8:30am – 10:30am||Oaks on Collins|
|Mon 19 September 2011||Canberra||8:30am – 10:30am||National Portrait Gallery|
|Tues 20 September 2011||Hobart||11:00am – 13:00pm||Grande Mercure Hadley’s Hotel|
|Tues 20 September 2011||Darwin||9:30am – 11:30am||Mantra Pandanas|
|Wed 21 September 2011||Perth||8:30am – 10:30am||The New Esplanade Hotel|
There is also an opportunity for face-to-face discussions with Australian Government officials in a set number of meetings for individuals or organisations who have a substantial interest in the Regulations. These meetings are limited to half hour sessions and pre-registration of interest is essential. The department regrets that it may not be able to accommodate all requests.
For planning purposes please pre-register your attendance at the public meetings or the bilateral meetings as soon as possible (at least 3 business days before the scheduled date), by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, organisation, contact details and number/names of attendees. For those who pre-register for bilateral meetings, a departmental official will respond with confirmation of the meeting.
For more information on the public meetings, please visit www.environment.gov.au/ewaste. A copy of the exposure draft of the television and computer Regulations will also be available from this website once released.
Content provided courtesy of Cathy McGowan, A/g Director | Product Stewardship E-Waste Team, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
2011 Industrial Environmental Management Lecture Series: Producers, Packaging & Public Policy
Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Duncan Bury, Duncan Bury Consulting
Webinar: “Canadian Approaches to EPR:The Road from Shared Stewardship to Full Producer Responsibility”
Tuesday, September 13th, 12:00PM EDT (US)
Minal Mistry, GreenBlue
Webinar: “Life Cycle Assessment and Packaging Design”
Tuesday, October 4th, 12 PM EST (US)
With the start of the fall semester, the Industrial Environmental Program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies is pleased to announce the second half of 2011 lecture series, PRODUCERS, PACKAGING & PUBLIC POLICY.
The lecture series explores the topic of extended producer responsibility (EPR) and packaging. Nestle Waters, an industry leader in exploring EPR issues, is the primary sponsor of this special lecture series. The goal of the lecture series is to explore the advantages and disadvantages of the application of EPR to packaging waste and municipal solid waste more generally in the U.S. For more information on Yale’s lecture series, including recordings of previous lectures in the series, visit http://cie.research.yale.edu/lecture-series/2011-epr-lecture-series.html
In its 21st year, the IEM Lecture Series brings speakers from companies and organizations to the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies to discuss the relationship between business and the environment.
To register for the webinar by Duncan Bury, go to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/344316438
To register for the webinar by Minal Mistry, go to http://tinyurl.com/Yale-Mistry-webinar
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinars.
System Requirements for the Webinars
Required: Windows7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Required: Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
Content provided courtesy of Reid J. Lifset, Editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology
The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute are pleased to announce a one-year trial of 20% reciprocal membership discounts. Current PSI partners can now receive a 20% discount off the appropriate GlobalPSC membership category and current GlobalPSC members are now eligible for a 20% discount when joining PSI. The discounts will be applied when memberships are first applied for or renewed through September 2012. After the first year, both groups will assess whether to continue the discounts. Email email@example.com to take advantage of this offer.
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The GlobalPSC was appointed to a Stakeholder Reference Group for Australia’s product stewardship framework legislation. A recent SRG presentation explains the legislation and proposed regulations for TVs and computers. The Australian Government authorised release to GlobalPSC members, so we have posted the presentation on the Knowledge Base available to members.
One week after unanimous passage in the Senate, Australia’s product stewardship framework legislation passed the House on 22 June 2011. The Product Stewardship Act 2011 officially commenced on 8 August 2011 and assist in implementing a key provision of Australia’s National Waste Policy that
“the Australian Government,with the support of state and territory governments, will establish a national framework underpinned by legislation to support voluntary, co-regulatory and regulatory product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes to provide for the impacts of a product being responsibly managed during and at end of life.”.
Product stewardship criteria are intended to be basic filter criteria to help determine whether the Bill should apply to a particular class of products. Unless the Minister is satisfied that two or more product stewardship criteria for a class of products are met, then a voluntary arrangement cannot be accredited and regulations cannot be made under the co-regulatory or mandatory provisions.
Under both the co-regulatory and mandatory provisions, the Minister would also have to be satisfied that making the regulations will further the objects of the Act.
The Regulation Impact Statement for the National Waste Policy found:
- potential savings from national rather than state by state regulation of product stewardship;
- a cost to the economy between $212m and $414m above business as usual if states and territories pursued their own approaches; and
- a national approach to product stewardship would have a net saving of $147 million.
The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to have assisted the Australian Government in the bill’s development and supported amendments that provided for increased transparency and accountability, while enhancing a robust process for prioritisation of products for producer responsibility. The GlobalPSC’s Senate testimony is available on our Youtube channel and on the video archive tab at globalpsc.net.