GlobalPSC Highlights for 2016
Posted by GlobalPSC on Member Profiles at 5:42 pm, December 31st, 2016Comments0
The Global Product Stewardship Council further expanded our coverage of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs and policies in 2016, in addition to deepening our understanding in several key emerging issues. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2016 highlights include:
- Conducting independent research on product stewardship and EPR approaches for sharps.
- At the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Congress in Novi Sad, Serbia, provided an overview of global trends and participated in discussions on good governance and EPR in conjunction with the OECD, European Commission and Estonian and Portuguese Ministries for Environment.
- Novi Sad also saw the official launch of the OECD’s updated guidelines on EPR, which provide a solid overview of product stewardship and EPR programs and frameworks with which to judge and improve their effectiveness.
- Conducted a range of site visits and meetings in Europe with GlobalPSC members and other parties interested on current and emerging issues. Visits in the UK featured several of our members, including Perchards and site visits of electronics reuse and recycling operations with ITR Global. Meetings in Paris included French EPR systems for sharps (DASTRI), packaging (Eco-Emballages and Adelphe), electronics (Eco-systemes) and unwanted medicines (Cyclamed) as well as the OECD and the French EPR Commission.
- Co-hosted free webinars with the Product Stewardship Institute on the updated OECD EPR guidelines and on exploring possible roles for EPR in the Circular Economy.
- Joined Australia’s Minister for the Environment in launching the Paintback program, which built upon research and stakeholder engagement led by the GlobalPSC.
- Hosted guest blogs on promoting the business case for product stewardship, addressing the challenges of measuring recycling performance, child car safety seats and coordination in waste policy.
- Co-hosted the 2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing event in conjunction with the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW).
The GlobalPSC was also joined by several new members in 2016, including:
- new Sustaining Corporate member The Compliance Map;
- US-based Eli Lilly and Company;
- UK-based Lorax Compliance;
- our first Chilean member, Valoryza;
- Canada-based BC Used Oil Management Association;
- Australia-based Equilibrium; and
- Australia-based TIC Mattress Recycling.
The GlobalPSC and a range of our members collaborated with Dr Helen Lewis to produce her book Product Stewardship in Action, which promotes the business case for product stewardship. GlobalPSC members are entitled to a 30% discount on the book for a limited time. Contact us for details.
For the GlobalPSC’s year-end Annual General Meeting, nominations were called for the following positions, to be in effect for one year:
- President (David Lawes)
- Vice-President (David Perchard)
- Treasurer (Carl Smith)
- Secretary (Russ Martin)
The Executive Committee comprises the office-holders plus Kylie Hughes, Scott Cassel, Garth Hickle, Mark Kurschner and Ed Cordner. With the exception of David Perchard, all office-holders and Executive Committee members re-nominted and were re-elected. David Perchard is taking a step back from GlobalPSC commitments to spend more time with family; his service since the foundation of the GlobalPSC was duly noted and greatly appreciated. No nominations for Vice-President were received, so the position will be filled by the Executive Committee in early 2017.