The Global Product Stewardship Council and Product Stewardship Institute held a special policy breakfast session with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment on 27 September, 2011 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 session was held in conjunction with the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum and the 26th Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference in Portland, Oregon. The BC Ministry’s David Lawes provided an overview of BC’s framework Recycling Regulation and extended producer responsibility in BC, and Teresa Conner outlined the implications for packaging and printed paper. The presentation is available here. Lengthy discussions followed the presentation.
Thanks to the Product Stewardship Institute, David, Teresa and session sponsor Nestle 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.
For those in the Washington/Oregon area, and particularly those attending the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum in conjunction with the 26th Annual Hazardous Materials Management Conference, you are invited to a pre-conference session:
Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Programs in British Columbia
Presented by the Global Product Stewardship Council and the Product Stewardship Institute
Sponsored by Nestle Waters North America
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 8:00-9:30 am
Location: the Washington Room at the Double Tree Hotel in Portland, Oregon
Cost: Free for all attendees
Don’t miss this special pre-conference opportunity to hear from key officials from the BC Ministry of the Environment, who will talk about British Columbia’s new requirement that all producers of packaging and printed paper collect and recycle the products they make and sell. Packaging and printed paper have been added to BC’s framework Recycling Regulation, which provides a common set of requirements for all product categories prescribed in schedules of the Regulation. 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 and Teresa Conner will outline the regulations and answer questions in a small group setting that encourages active discussion. David and Teresa will be joined by Russ Martin, President of GlobalPSC, and Scott Cassel, Executive Director of PSI.
Please e-mail Russ Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Thank you to session sponsor, Nestle Waters North America.
The Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has released the Product Stewardship (TV and Computer) Regulation exposure draft and commentary on the Regulation for public comment. Public consultations on the Regulations are currently underway.
Public consultation on the exposure draft will end on 10 October 2011. Written submissions are invited. Additional information on the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is available on the Department’s website.
We are pleased to profile Global Product Stewardship Council members the Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA).
Increasingly companies want to provide more sustainable products and be more sustainable in how they operate. Within this context, packaging is a high profile issue that must be considered in a company’s sustainability strategy.
Brand owners, packaging companies and retailers are all pressed to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging; driven by various Government regulation, consumer expectations, corporate goals, branding, cost reductions and logistics optimisation.
SPA arms businesses with the knowledge, tools and skills to make informed packaging sustainability decisions that generate commercial and sustainability benefits. We draw upon our industry, academic and Government networks to provide packaging sustainability tools, services, development and networking events.
Content provided by Victor Barichello, Relationship Marketing Manager, Sustainable Packaging Alliance
The Global Product Stewardship Council profiles the members that make it possible for us to help facilitate the development of effective product stewardship approaches. One of our first Sustaining Corporate members is Lion.
Lion is Australasia’s largest food and beverage company, employing close to 8,000 people and delivering revenues in excess of $AU5.7 billion. Active on product stewardship in their industry, Lion maintains a leadership role by holding the positions of President of the Packaging Council of New Zealand, Chair of the New Zealand Glass Forum and sitting on the board of the Australian Packaging Council and Australian Food and Grocery Council ‘Packaging Stewardship Forum’. Separately, through ministerial invitation, Lion represents industry on the New Zealand Environment Minister’s ‘Waste Advisory Board’.
David Carter, Director of Environmental Strategy & Sustainability, who led the decision, stated “Lion is very happy to become a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which we hope will allow us to gain a broader understanding of what others around the world are achieving and be able to improve our Product Stewardship outcomes to world class.”
“This approach is consistent with Lion’s Sustainability Strategy. Sustainability at Lion is about how we do business. We cannot achieve our core purpose of bringing more sociability and wellbeing to our world, unless we act sustainably.
“We have a clear goal – to reduce our environmental footprint while we continue to grow. We have a strong record of investing to improve our environmental footprint over many years. We are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, water usage and waste and to increasing the recycled material in our packaging and its recyclability. We are also committed to environmentally sustainable sourcing of inputs. We have put in place clear targets in each of these areas and we intend to be accountable to our people and external stakeholders as we endeavour to achieve
them. Specifically in the area of our products packaging we are focused on product stewardship that encompasses :-
• designing packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable;
• increasing the recovery and recycling of used packaging from households and away-from-home sources; and
• taking action to reduce the incidence and impacts of litter.”
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 email@example.com. 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