The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) has released a consultation paper on the proposed model for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Written submissions on the consultation paper are sought by 27 March 2012.
Public meetings will be held in Sydney on 14 March 2012, Canberra on 16 March and Melbourne on 20 March. Further information on the consultation process is available on the SEWPaC website.
SEWPaC is a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, and the GlobalPSC is pleased to have provided input in the development of the proposed arrangements.
TES-AMM Australia and New Zealand are part of the TES-Envirocorp group, a specialised electronic waste management organisation with core activities in:
- Electronic Asset Management and Disposal Programs
- Secure Data Destruction to US Dept of Defence Standards
- Value Optimization for Used Electronic Equipment and Parts and Microsoft Approved Refurbisher
- Recovery of Precious Metals from Electronic Waste
- Recycling of Batteries (most chemistries)
- Printer Consumables Recycling
- Recycling of Epoxy and other Waste Plastic
- Forward and Reverse Logistics Solutions
- Project or Program Management
TES-AMM’s recycling operations span nearly 30 locations globally and are certified to international standards JAS-ANZ ISO9001, ISO14001, OHSAS18001 and R2 (Responsible Recycler). In Australia and New Zealand, TES-AMM has also been assessed to comply with DR AS/NZ 5377 interim standards for the collection, transport and recycling of end of life televisions and computers.
Because TES-AMM offers transparency and accountability in what they do, TES-AMM has become the strategic recycling vendor for many well-known Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies and product stewardship organisations in the Asia Pacific and throughout other parts of the world. Coupled with TES-AMM’s “one stop shop” approach underpinned by compliance to local and international regulations and best practice standards, TES-AMM has a proven record of achieving environmentally beneficial outcomes, economies and service levels that meet or exceed the expectations of their clients.
The law firm of Joachim Quoden is specialized in producer responsibility legislation with a focus on the European Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Joachim possesses very detailed knowledge of the implementation of the Packaging Directive in the different European Member States as well as in other countries around the world. His advice is frequently solicited in the course of implementing and amending the respective packaging legislation in various countries. He is a member of the German lawyers association and the association of lawyers in Bonn as well as the Product Stewardship Institute in Boston, US. Joachim also serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.
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.