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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In May 2011, the British Columbia Recycling Regulation was amended to include Packaging and Printed Paper as a product category. As a result, producers of packaging and printed paper are required to implement stewardship programs for collection and recycling in BC.
Key representatives of the BC Ministry of Environment have agreed to discuss the implications of this change at a special GlobalPSC breakfast seminar we are holding in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Institute and the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum in Portland Oregon.
David Lawes (Head, Industry Product Stewardship) and Teresa Conner (Sr. Policy Advisor) will present on the changes and be available to answer questions the morning of 27 September at the conference hotel, the Doubletree Portland. Registration will be free for GlobalPSC members. Email email@example.com if you’re interested in attending so we can make appropriate arrangements.
This September, the Global Product Stewardship Council is conducting a product stewardship study tour in conjunction with the premier product stewardship events in North America. Let us know if you are interested in attending some or all of the events.
Starting in Toronto on 19 September, we’ll visit both of the Sims Recycling Solutions Canada e-waste recycling plants, including the state of the art Mississauga, Ontario plant. These will be followed by meetings with Stewardship Ontario, Waste Diversion Ontario and the CleanFARMS program.
Then to Halifax for the Conference on Canadian Stewardship 20-21 September, where GlobalPSC Executive Committee members will present on a range of product stewardship topics.
We plan on meeting 22 September with representatives of a range of programs at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. These will be followed by site visits on 23 September of Atlantic Canada Electronics Stewardship (ACES) Drop Off Depots that collect beverage containers and waste paint, along with electronics, as well as visiting two processors that carry out preliminary dismantling of electronic equipment in Nova Scotia.
We’re planning on site visits with paint and carpet recyclers on 26 September in Portland, Oregon.
We are holding a special GlobalPSC breakfast seminar on 27 September in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Institute and the 7th Annual National Product Stewardship Forum in Portland (taking place 27-29 September). Key representatives of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment will discuss the implications of recent requirements to implement stewardship programs for collection and recycling of packaging and printed paper in BC. The event will be held at the conference hotel, the Doubletree Portland. Registration for the breakfast seminar will be free for GlobalPSC members.
The GlobalPSC has been invited to provide a global perspective at the Product Stewardship Forum. Again, there will be strong representation by the GlobalPSC and our members.
These are excellent opportunities to network with product stewardship practitioners and policymakers and to share international experience. We hope you can join us.