Posts Tagged ‘Australasia’

TIC Group Opens Australia’s First Automated Mattress Recycling Facility

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:13 pm, October 31st, 2016Comments0

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TIC Group recently opened Australia’s first automated mattress recycling facility in Melbourne. The facility uses state-of-the-art technology developed in the Netherlands and deconstructs mattresses with recovery and recycling rates of up to 85% (and an objective of increasing this rate to 100%).

A second facility is being commissioned in the neighboring state of New South Wales that will be operational in 2017.

TIC Group’s efforts are intended to address the roughly one million mattresses ending up in landfill each year in Australia. Stacked on top of each other, that’s enough mattresses to reach the International Space Station.

TIC Group has partnered with social enterprise group Soft Landing to collect the mattresses from councils, transfer stations, retailers, hotels and hospitals.

Highlights from the launch are provided below.

 

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(L-R: Rob Millard, CEO of Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group; Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change; Michael Warren, Managing Director of TIC Group Mattress Recycling; Stan Krpan, CEO of Sustainability Victoria)

Photos and supporting information provided by TIC Group via Equilibrium.

 

Australia Consults on Potential Regulatory Changes to TV and Computer Recycling Scheme

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:40 pm, April 29th, 2015Comments1

DSC_1929The Australian Department of Environment is consulting on potential regulatory changes to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. Possible changes include revised recovery targets, changes to conversion factors and scaling factors affecting liability under the scheme, and making the Australian Standard 5377 for the management and recycling of certain electrical and electronic items mandatory. A brief discussion paper has been made available, and comments are invited until close of business 7 May, Australia time.

 

GlobalPSC Government Member – Australian Department of the Environment and Energy

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:58 am, January 28th, 2014Comments10

The Department of the Environment (newly renamed as the Department of Environment and Energy) administers Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products. The framework allows for voluntary industry led schemes, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. More information on the legislation and product stewardship in general can be found here.

 

DHL Supply Chain on Track for Electronics Recycling Targets

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:12 pm, June 24th, 2013Comments0

 

 

 

 

DHL, the world’s leading logistics company and a Sustaining Corporate member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, today announced that it will meet the recycling target of 18,500 tonnes of e-waste set by the Federal Government under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and is on track to meet the “reasonable access” requirements of the Scheme. DHL Supply Chain’s Drop Zone service is free to residents and small businesses and helps support a number of social enterprises through employment opportunities across Australia.

“DHL Supply Chain is delighted to be leading the way in e-waste recycling in Australia. We’re proud to provide many Australians an alternative to landfill disposal and plan to make the service even more accessible to a greater number of people across Australia over the coming months with even more sites to go live,” said Peter Bruce, Senior Director, EnviroSolutions, DHL Supply Chain.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, the Hon Amanda Rishworth MP said, “Congratulations to DHL on a successful first year of operations under the National Television and Computer Scheme. I wish DHL every success as the scheme continues to roll out across the country, providing Australian households and small businesses with access to free recycling drop-off points for their unwanted televisions and computers. DHL was the first organisation approved by the government to deliver services as part of this groundbreaking recycling initiative and it has certainly achieved a lot in one year.”

DHL Supply Chain now operates over 360 Drop Zones across Australia with many located at major retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks making it easier for people to dispose their e-waste in an environmentally friendly manner. For exact locations of e-waste recycling Drop Zones, as well as their accepted products and opening hours, please visit the Drop Zone site.

A media release announcing DHL’s progress and providing additional information is available here.

Events Update

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:48 pm, September 5th, 2012Comments0

The Global Product Stewardship Council is hosting or presenting at the following events:

At each of these events, we will be promoting the involvement of GlobalPSC members and our activities.

* GlobalPSC member discounts available

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Lion

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:02 pm, September 9th, 2011Comments3

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.”

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