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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Welcome to Perspective, the new Global Product Stewardship Council blog on product stewardship and producer responsibility. We have developed Perspective to make it easier for those interested in product stewardship to access and share useful information.
The Global Product Stewardship Council is an independent, non-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship, an environmental management strategy guided by the principle that whoever designs, produces, sells or uses a product takes responsibility for minimising that product’s environmental impact.
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