Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

NSW Product Stewardship Cluster Workshop 1 Summary

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:00 am, March 2nd, 2017Comments0

The New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is funding a series of half-day workshops to promote product stewardship and to explore collaborative product stewardship and circular economy projects. The GlobalPSC and a number of our members were invited to participate in the discussions.

The first workshop on 10 February 2017 involved representatives from 15 product stewardship organisations (PSOs), OEH, NSW EPA, Sustainability Victoria and the GlobalPSC. Other GlobalPSC members participating include the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage ProtectionClose the Loop, TechCollect, the Australian Packaging Covenant, the Vinyl Council of Australia and Helen Lewis Research.

This was the first time that so many PSOs had met formally to discuss opportunities for collaboration. They represented companies involved in the collection, recycling and program delivery of diverse products and materials including e-waste, mattresses, agricultural chemicals, packaging, plastics, paint, tyres and batteries.

The group identified a diverse range of common issues and potential areas of collaboration.

Results of Workshop 1 are provided in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members via login on our Members page.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Equilibrium

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:15 am, January 20th, 2017Comments0

Since 2009, specialist sustainability company Equilibrium has been providing strategic, technical, business and policy advice across many sectors of government and industry. The company works extensively in policy and regulatory development, especially in waste and materials efficiency and extensively in product stewardship policy and scheme development. Equilibrium is recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities in product stewardship, working with the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, Tyre Stewardship Australia, Paintback, Australian Packaging Covenant, FluoroCycle and more. In late 2016, Equilibrium founders Nick Harford and Damien Wigley teamed up with John Polhill – former Victorian Government product stewardship specialist – in order to work even more closely with industry and all levels of government to actively progress product stewardship opportunities in Australia. To find out more, visit here.

 

2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:05 pm, November 13th, 2016Comments0

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2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing

Innovation Campus, Wollongong University, Australia


 

1 and 2 December 2016, 8.30am – 6.30pm

Registration is free and available here

The GlobalPSC is co-hosting Day 1 of the 2016 International Sustainability Symposium – Green Manufacturing event in conjunction with the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (SMaRT@UNSW).

Day 1 Overview

This interactive event will delve into the interactions between increasingly complex products desired by consumers and product stewardship, including recycling, that is increasingly expected of producers.

Environmentally-friendly technologies and products, like solar panels, organic cotton garments, bamboo flooring or additive-free foods are important. But even greater environmental and economic benefits can be generated by ‘greening’ the industrial processes that deliver the materials, components and products our mass, global markets demand. This session focuses on the many new opportunities to leverage high temperature reactions to transform even complex waste streams in the production of a new generation of ‘green materials’. By redirecting waste, as a valuable resource, back into our industrial processes we can transform it in the production of previously unimaginable value-added materials and products; that is, truly green materials.

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) was originally intended to reduce environmental impacts of products (primarily through redesign) by shifting physical and/or financial responsibility of post-consumer products to producers. EPR almost always has a regulatory underpinning, while the related concept of product stewardship may be voluntary or regulatory. Although product stewardship addresses full life-cycle impacts of products and their use by consumers, product stewardship and EPR programs have traditionally focused on recycling and material recovery.

Efforts to reduce environmental impacts across supply and recovery chains can be affected by the very processes used in green manufacturing. For example, green manufacturing can result in products without existing markets for recovered materials and are therefore not effectively captured by ‘traditional’ models of product stewardship and EPR. Producers are also increasingly being held accountable for responsibly managing products that do not have significant redesign, reuse or recycling options, such as household-generated ‘sharps’ and unwanted medicines.

Day 1 will explore these complex interactions and trade-offs with notable speakers and feature audience interaction to create a framework for how policies and practices are prioritised in order to produce optimal social, economic and environmental benefits.

 

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.

 

Child Car Safety Seats – What a Valuable Waste!

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:12 am, October 3rd, 2016Comments0

Sitting and gathering dust in a garage and waiting for the right time to pass on your used child car safety seat to a friend or relative may soon be a thing of the past.

Child car safety seats that have been involved in an accident or have been mistreated could result in damage to a number of the key safety components. Continuous exposure to heat and sunlight, something Australia’s climate serves up best, could also degrade the plastic structure and other important parts.

It has been found that the average consumer has little knowledge about the existence of recommended expiry dates and the continuingly updated Australian Standards applied to the manufacture of child car safety seats – which in turn has an impact on the suitability of seats to protect children and infants over a period of time.

Removing potentially unsafe or worn or damaged child car safety seats from the market will not only protect children and infants, but could provide an opportunity to responsibly divert these products from landfill and implement an efficient resource recovery and recycling program.

Without a means to effectively remove child car safety seats from the public domain, expired and damaged seats may remain in circulation. They could be offered for sale in online stores such as Gumtree and eBay, illegally dumped on the side of a road or removed from kerbside hard rubbish collections to only be reused again.

There are currently no general programs or schemes within Australia to enable parents to responsibly dispose of and/or recycle child car safety seats. With a growing population and demand for new products, the cost to Governments and communities for the collection and disposal of child car safety seats will only increase.

Setting up a product stewardship and recycling program presents an opportunity to reduce the end-of-life child car safety seats being reused, sold or ending up in landfills which is what Equilibrium, an Australian based sustainability consulting and management company, is hoping to achieve.

Equilibrium will be bringing together a number of key stakeholders from product importers and manufacturers, retailers, automotive clubs and recyclers in early October 2016 to explore how a voluntary product stewardship program might be established to manage the whole of life cycle of a child car safety seat and significantly increase resource recovery and recycling as a result of providing an avenue to return and recycle end-of-life systems.

 

Content provided by Equilibrium

Photo provided by Infasecure

TechCollect Product Stewardship Forum

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:00 pm, August 31st, 2016Comments0

Collaboration and shared responsibility are key, and while Australia has implemented a range of product stewardship approaches, there is room for improvement. These were common themes at a product stewardship forum hosted recently in Sydney by GlobalPSC Corporate Member TechCollect. The forum was well-attended and featured a range of product categories including electronics, paint, agricultural chemicals and chemical containers, and tyres.

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TechCollect CEO Carmel Dollisson opens TechCollect’s Product Stewardship Forum

 

The Australian Government, a long-standing GlobalPSC Government Member, also provided essential context on Australia’s experience to date and on plans for the five-year review of Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011.

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Peter Brisbane, Director, Stewardship and Waste for the Australian Department of Environment and Energy outlines Australia’s product stewardship framework 

Contact TechCollect or the GlobalPSC directly for more information and insights from the forum.

 

Guest Blog – Coordination in Waste Policy

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:32 pm, August 31st, 2016Comments1

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The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is Nick Harford, Managing Director of Equilibrium

The latest edition of Corporate Waste Solutions contains an article in which I argue that in Australia there are pockets of good resource recovery and product stewardship, but that more can be done.

The article points out that the resource recovery side of waste management is increasingly influenced by global factors and where the market is not delivering good waste management, where valuable resources are being lost and where health and the environment are exposed to risk, policy needs to address market failures and provide appropriate interventions.

In this regard, a key outcome of Australia’s National Waste Policy has been the Product Stewardship Act and the product stewardship schemes it has, if not directly spawned, aided. These include the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS), Paintback, FluoroCycle and Tyre Stewardship Australia, as well as endorsement for the long-running MobileMuster.

Clearly, while the performance of some schemes such as the NTCRS has attracted criticism because of failed recyclers and some poor outcomes, what cannot be refuted with respect to the schemes is this: if they were not in place e-waste and other materials would be a bigger environmental and social problem.

While the National Waste Policy may have been somewhat neglected and patchy as a vehicle for driving national coordinated approaches to a range of waste and recycling issues, product stewardship is proving to be a successful means for industry and government to establish programs that will have lasting economic, environmental and social value. For more detail, click here.

 

The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the Global Product Stewardship Council. 

Nick Harford is Managing Director of Equilibrium, a Melbourne-based sustainability consulting and management company servicing a range of private companies and governments. From 2009-2014 Nick was also a director of the Metropolitan Waste Management Group. Prior to Equilibrium, Nick was Group General Manager of environment at packaging and recycling company Visy and has a background in corporate affairs, government and the media.

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – TIC Mattress Recycling

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:33 pm, June 2nd, 2016Comments1

TIC Mattress Recycling employs world’s best practice to provide sustainable end-of-life mattress recycling. TIC services local governments and mattress retailers to provide high levels of resource recovery.

The company commenced operations in 2013 and has built Australia’s first automated mattress deconstruction facility based on European technology that it has developed further and is now marketing globally.

TIC’s processes ensure maximum resource recovery and environmental controls while minimizing handling and exposure to safety risks.

The company is working closely with mattress manufacturers, retailers, local government and other stakeholders to develop a mattress product stewardship program for Australia. TIC is committed to working with others to establish a mattress stewardship program that shifts costs from local government, encourages innovation, increases resource recovery and is transparent and accountable.

In an industry that has been dogged by poor practices, low resource recovery and boom and bust cycles, TIC Mattress Recycling heralds a new era of advanced and sustainable mattress recycling.

TIC Mattress Recycling is part of the TIC Group. Further details can be found here.

 

National Voluntary Paint Stewardship Scheme Launched in Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:04 pm, May 1st, 2016Comments1

[L-R: Master Painter Stephen Papdan; Federal Environment Minister the Hon Greg Hunt MP; Master Painter Damien McRyan; Sustainability Victoria CEO Stan Krpan; Paintback Chief Executive Karen Gomez; Paintback Independent Chairperson Jim Liaskos]

 

Australia has just launched what is believed to be the world’s first, all-encompassing national voluntary stewardship scheme for waste paint* and paint packaging, Paintback. The program, founded by paint producers DuluxGroup, Haymes, PPG, Resene and Valspar, was launched 29 April in Melbourne by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Australia’s Minister for the Environment.

The program will be funded through a levy of 15 cents per litre (plus GST) on new architectural and decorative paint in Australia.  The levy was approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to fund the collection and treatment of waste paint nationally, education campaigns and research for new uses of waste paint by Paintback Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the end-of-life management of waste paint and packaging.

Paintback will build upon a range of collaborative efforts between industry and governments. Australia’s Environment Ministers agreed to place paint stewardship on their work plan in April 2013 and the Environment Minister nominated paint as a priority product under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 in June 2013. The multi-stakeholder National Waste Paint Implementation Working Group completed the scheme’s business plan, economic model, 5-year rollout strategy and engagement plan and voted unanimously to support an application to the ACCC for approval of the levy.

The GlobalPSC helped facilitate development of the scheme. In conjunction with Sustainability Victoria and the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation, the GlobalPSC facilitated initial stakeholder discussions, featured paint and batteries in a priority product stewardship workshop and developed the public policy and business case for a voluntary paint stewardship approach in Australia. Further details and primary documents are available under the Paint category on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

 

* New Zealand accredited a voluntary paint collection program called Paintwise funded through a voluntary levy on Resene paint sold and from separate fees on non-Resene branded paint and trade waste paint.

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – The Compliance Map Ltd

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:22 pm, March 11th, 2016Comments1

 

Compliance Map develops solutions to help businesses manage their environmental compliance obligations arising from regulations and directives and to help optimize their use of resources. This includes product stewardship responsibilities, reporting and minimization of waste as well as carbon disclosure that will play a significant part in identifying, monitoring and driving down their customer’s global environmental impacts.

Both Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and standards are at the core of Compliance Map’s solution offering. This includes mechanisms to collect, store and produce remittance reports required for submission to EPR schemes for directives such as WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment), Battery as well as deposit and worldwide Packaging programmes. The solution offered automatically manages sales warehousing data and combines with relevant Packaging, WEEE, Battery, Oil, Beverage or Paint information to produce costs and weight reports ready to be remitted to registered schemes on a monthly, quarterly or annually basis. This enables companies to automate the entire process by which they track and report waste to schemes and programmes worldwide and make better use of their own resources.

Compliance Map are made of a team of regulatory compliance experts with over 20+ years of experience in the arena of environmental compliance which has been fed into their software solution offerings, creating a holistic approach to managing obligations businesses face in today’s regulatory climate.

 

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