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New GlobalPSC Board Members

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:52 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments0

 

The GlobalPSC Executive Committee (Board) recently decided unanimously to include three new members as a reflection of priority areas for the Board and in recognition of these members’ contributions to the GlobalPSC across diverse geographic coverage. These changes will further the GlobalPSC vision of facilitating the development and implementation of effective product stewardship schemes globally.

The new members include:

We have enjoyed long working relationships with these three as GlobalPSC members and look forward to their continued involvement in the GlobalPSC’s development as Board members.

 

Packaging Discussions Focus on Circular Economy, Free-riders and Competition

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:06 am, March 1st, 2015Comments1

2015-02-24 20.30.36(L-R: Ullar Huik of ETO, Helmut Schmitz of Duales System Holding GmbH, Joacim Quoden of EXPRA and Seamus Clancy of Repak)

The GlobalPSC and several of our members addressed a range of packaging extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship issues for packaging and printed paper in Brussels, Belgium, late February as part of the EPR Toolkit Seminar and Packaging Waste & Sustainability Forum.

Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)  and member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group, chaired the EPR Toolkit Seminar on 24 February. The seminar emphasised harmonising EPR rules and guidelines in Europe, learning from international experience (including lessons on Australia by GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin and Canada by Chris van Rossem of the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance) and the roles of transparency and competition.

The roles of packaging and EPR in the Circular Economy and in ensuring transparency and accountability of producers were hot topics of discussion throughout the events, analysis of which will be made available to GlobalPSC members.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:01 pm, May 30th, 2014Comments7

 

 

 

 

 

The Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), founded in 2013, is the umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis. EXPRA acts as the authoritative voice and common policy platform representing the interests of all its member packaging recovery and recycling organisations founded and run by or on behalf of obliged industry.

These national recovery organisations are pursuing similar goals, essentially finding themselves and their stakeholders in a similar situations. They have set themselves the task of relieving industrial companies and commercial enterprises of their individual obligation to take back used sales packaging through the operation of a scheme which fulfills these obligations on a nation-wide basis on behalf of their member companies.

The aim is to ensure the recovery and recycling of packaging waste in the most economically efficient and ecologically sound manner. The members of EXPRA wish to demonstrate that the recycling of used packaging is an important step on the path towards the sustainable development that is necessary to safeguard our planet for future generations.

 

For further information please contact:

EXPRA aisbl/ivzw

Extended Producers Responsibility Alliance

Avenue Olympiades 2

1140 Brussels (Evere)

BELGIUM

 

Phone: +32 2 513 70 55

E-mail: info(at)expra.eu

BEBAT (Fund for the Collection of Batteries)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:13 pm, April 8th, 2014Comments0

BEBAT was established in 1995 to gain an exemption from the Belgium government’s eco-tax. It became operational in 1996. The program is financed by a fee charged per battery on the market (€0.1239), which is set by the Government. Around 20,000 retail collection points have been established.

The eco-tax law (1993) has an exemption for any battery program that achieves set collection targets. Producers must pay a tax per battery unless they achieve a collection rate of 45% from 2010 and 50% from 2012 through an agreed collective or individual recycling system. All 3 regions have laws requiring mandatory take-back of batteries, in line with the EU Batteries Directive 2006/66/EC.

Emerging Global EPR Best Practices for Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:58 pm, March 31st, 2014Comments1

A new study of 11 international extended producer responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship programs for packaging and printed paper (PPP) has preliminarily identified a series of emerging global best practices to help optimize and harmonize solutions for managing packaging waste.

The report was led by the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) in association with PAC NEXT to help industry and government work together to find ways to reduce cost and regulatory complexity in existing and potential EPR programs for PPP.

“The preliminary findings of our research underscore what we at PSI have always believed: that, within the context of product stewardship, the most successful materials management programs often incorporate a combination of legislative and voluntary strategies,” said Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer of PSI and a member of the GlobalPSC Executive Committee. “The program summaries provided in this report offer a wealth of data for government agencies and industry groups around the world to evaluate, and we look forward to using this information as a springboard for critical stakeholder dialogues.”

The report examines EPR programs in Canada (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia); Europe (Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom); and Australia. Based on an initial assessment of the data collected on these programs, PAC NEXT and PSI concluded that “the following attributes, when present together, can constitute a high performing EPR program:

  • The program covers residential, public, as well as industrial, commercial and institutional (IC+I) sources;
  • The program covers all material types (including printed paper);
  • The cost per ton is low;
  • Collection and recycling rates are high;
  • The value and quality of materials are high;
  • The program is convenient for residents and others;
  • Producers take full responsibility for post-consumer packaging management”.

“What this report has allowed us to do is develop an understanding of how EPR programs for packaging around the world operate – what they share in common, what they do different, what works, what could use some improvement,” said Jennifer Holliday, president of PSI’s board of directors. “It is our hope that these findings enable industry and government to collaborate on ways to harmonize packaging waste solutions.”

Also based on the data, PSI and PAC NEXT identified the following policies as “complementary to EPR, playing an important role in increasing the performance of packaging collection and recycling systems:

  • Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) programs;
  • Mandatory recycling requirements;
  • Landfill bans for recyclable materials; and
  • Container deposit programs”.

The GlobalPSC provided program analysis in support of the study.

Events Update

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:08 pm, October 9th, 2013Comments0

Events Update

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

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

11 European Producer Responsibility Organizations Release Manifesto on EPR Principles for Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:27 am, January 19th, 2013Comments0

Packaging producer responsibility organizations (PROs) from eleven European countries have issued a joint manifesto for achieving successful extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

The manifesto and associated media release were published on 18 January, 2013.

 

The eleven organizations represented are: CONAI (Italy), EcoEmbes (Spain), Ecopack Bulgaria, ECO-ROM Ambalaje (Romania), EKO-KOM (Czech Republic), Envipak (Slovakia), Fost Plus (Belgium), Green Dot Cyprus, Greenpak (Malta), Nedvang (the Netherlands) and Valorlux (Luxembourg).

The manifesto focuses on household packaging and includes five key principles:

  • EPR organizations should be owned by the obliged companies and run on a not for profit basis.
  • There needs to be strong governmental support and monitoring.
  • There are many advantages of having one rather than multiple organizations in each country.
  • The EPR organization needs to be set up in a way that ensures sustainable financing.
  • The EPR organization should contribute to packaging optimization and waste prevention.

A new association will be launched in spring 2013 in Brussels to carry out the EPR principles outlined in the manifesto. The participating PROs seek industry support of the EPR principles.

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