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Guest Blog – Promoting the Business Case for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:17 pm, December 7th, 2016Comments0

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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 Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and author of Product Stewardship in Action.

 

Product stewardship is often promoted as an environmental strategy for companies, or as an effective public policy solution to the costs of waste and recycling.

During my research and in-depth discussions with industry practitioners over the past few years, the broader benefits and value of product stewardship to business have become clear. Companies that understand the environmental and social impacts of their products; engage with stakeholders through genuine and open dialogue; and then implement appropriate strategies; can create shared value for themselves and their stakeholders. This applies whether the company is taking individual action or collaborating with industry peers.

Product stewardship in action: the business case for lifecycle thinking (Greenleaf UK) builds on my own experiences in eco-design, recycling and product stewardship. It would not have been possible, however, without the generosity of those I interviewed. Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC, supported this project from the beginning, provided useful information and insights, and connected me to local and international practitioners.

GlobalPSC members feature in some of the detailed case studies, including Call2Recycle (batteries and mobile phones), Vinyl Council of Australia (PVC packaging, medical products, flooring etc.), TechCollect (TVs and computers) and Close the Loop (printer cartridges). Other members, such as the Product Stewardship Institute, Product Stewardship Society, Dell, CalRecycle, Australian Packaging Covenant, Perchards Limited and PETCO, are also included as either mini-case studies or interviews.

My heartfelt thanks to all of the people who contributed their time, knowledge and insights to the project. GlobalPSC members can purchase the book at a 30% discount – please email Russ Martin for details.

 

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.

 

Collaboration and R&D Improving Markets for Recycled Materials

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:29 pm, October 22nd, 2015Comments2

 

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GlobalPSC members understand the business case and public policy benefits of collaboration. Recently, Corporate Member Close the Loop and Government Member Sustainability Victoria released a video highlighting collaborations to create new products for a range of recovered products, including toner from imaging supplies. It’s only when recovered materials are turned into new products that recycling has truly occurred.

Learn more about these effort and investment in R&D for recycled content products in the video below.

 

Business Case for Product Stewardship – Singapore Discussions

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:03 pm, November 25th, 2013Comments1

In early November 2013, representatives of the Singapore Economic Development Board, Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate member DHL Supply Chain met in Singapore to discuss the business case for product stewardship and potential opportunities in Singapore as well as the broader Asia Pacific region.

GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin began with a presentation on the GlobalPSC perspective on the business case and potential ramifications for Singapore. The presentation is now available for GlobalPSC members via the Knowledge Base, under the Frameworks and Harmonisation category.

Our special thanks to Kevin Bennett of DHL Supply Chain, who arranged the discussions.

Australia’s First Trade Waste Paint Trial Underway

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:43 pm, April 24th, 2013Comments2

 

 

 

 

 

PaintCare, Australia’s first trade waste paint trial commenced on 1 March 2013 and has already collected over 15 tonnes of waste paint. An initiative of the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation (APMF), PaintCare is collecting waste paint from trade painters to assess a waste stream that is currently undefined in Australia. The trial, based in the state of Victoria, will run until 31 May 2013 and is funded by the APMF in partnership with Sustainability Victoria (SV), DuluxGroup, Valspar, PPG and Haymes Paints. A key program objective is to gather data to evaluate volumes, economies and associated behaviours to inform the development of a national product stewardship program for the safe disposal of waste architectural and decorative (A&D) paint.

Six Victorian transfer stations located in Geelong, Bendigo, Melton, Monash, Shepparton and Mornington are supporting the PaintCare trial. Results to date are shown below for the four programs with data currently available.

The Global Product Stewardship Council is currently working with the APMF and other stakeholders to help SV develop the business case and public policy case for A&D paint stewardship in Australia. Both APMF and SV are GlobalPSC members.

Further details on the PaintCare trial are available here.

Australian Environment Ministers Take Action on Batteries and Paint

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:57 pm, April 11th, 2013Comments15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Ministers from Australia have agreed on the need to include end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint in the Standing Council on Environment and Water’s (SCEW) work plan. In the communique announcing the decision, SCEW stated,

“More than 264 million handheld batteries reach the end of their useful life each year and the equivalent of 18,000 tonnes of paint require disposal each year. There could be significant environmental and community benefits to be gained from working with industry to find better management solutions for these products. Ministers asked officials to develop a work program and examine funding arrangements to progress these issues.”

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members have been actively facilitating the development of product stewardship for both batteries and paint to help transition from government-funded takeback schemes to industry-led producer responsibility. In addition to running pilot projects, Government members Sustainability Victoria (SV) have been engaging industry players to develop practical approaches to product stewardship for the products.

Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) Chief Executive Dr Helen Lewis supported the SCEW decision, telling the GlobalPSC,

“This decision represents a significant milestone in ABRI’s campaign to promote the development of sustainable recovery programs for used batteries. We look forward to working with environment ministers and other stakeholders to explore options to increase recycling of handheld batteries. We need to ensure that everyone involved in the production or consumption of batteries – from the manufacturer or importer through to the consumer – plays their part in ensuring that batteries are used and recovered in a sustainable way.”

In conjunction with SV and ABRI, the GlobalPSC facilitated initial stakeholder discussions, with an aim to developing a strategic plan to address domestic battery stewardship over the next three years. GlobalPSC Foundation members MS2 have also been incorporating GlobalPSC program expertise and data in developing the public policy and business case on handheld battery product stewardship for SV.

GlobalPSC member the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation (APMF) is collaborating with SV on an industry-led pilot program to collect trade waste data and to examine the most efficient and environmentally sound ways to collect and treat waste paint. The GlobalPSC is incorporating trial results in helping SV develop the public policy and business case for paint stewardship.

Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the APMF, also supported the decision by Environment Ministers and discussed plans for further research,

“The APMF supports the SCEW decision to include waste architectural and decorative paints in its work plan. A key element of our current Strategic Plan involves working with Governments on a future product stewardship scheme for waste architectural and decorative paint. When looking to the future, the APMF Council believes that a voluntary industry program has the potential to provide a cost effective and efficient product stewardship scheme for our sector. The current PaintCare trial program in Victoria also acknowledges that any future product stewardship program should also consider the issue of waste paint generated from the trade sector. Currently, there is no collection service in any state or territory for trade waste paint. The APMF also believes that further research is now warranted. Hence, we are funding a joint research project with Sustainability Victoria for Swinburne University of Technology to generate new research into better and more environmental friendly ways to address waste paint.”

John Polhill, Product Stewardship Specialist – Waste Strategy with SV, reinforced the importance of collaboration,

“The Victorian Government is committed to working with industry to effectively manage problematic products in accordance with Victorian and national waste policy. The work with ABRI and APMF demonstrates the success of industry-government partnerships thusfar.”

The GlobalPSC and several members have been appointed by the Australian Government to a Product Stewardship Advisory Group that provides independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act. The SCEW work plan operates in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Advisory Group to explore opportunities for management of priority products.

 

GlobalPSC 2012 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:35 pm, December 21st, 2012Comments0

 

 

 

2012 was a pretty active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2012 highlights include:

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Expanded our Knowledge Base and developed a new program database for GlobalPSC members
  • Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:
    • converted our website to WordPress to better share information
    • developed a newsletter with general articles as well as more detailed information for GlobalPSC members
    • created member profiles
    • an email distribution list of over 400 interested parties
    • discussions with over 670 members from 37 countries in a public forum on LinkedIn
    • increased presence through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and our home page

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011
  • Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
  • Started facilitating business case, public policy rationale and stakeholder engagement for paint and battery product stewardship initiatives for Sustainability Victoria
  • Facilitated and posted a video on the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally
  • Conducted a sustainable packaging breakfast series with the Sustainable Packaging Alliance

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2012 possible, especially our members, speakers and attendees at GlobalPSC events.

We’d also like to extend our best wishes over the holidays and wish you a happy and prosperous 2013.

Product Stewardship Panel at Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo 22 November 2012

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:38 pm, September 11th, 2012Comments2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Global Product Stewardship Council is pleased to be partnering with the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) to hold a panel discussion on product stewardship implementation. The panel has now sold out prior to the event.

The panel will help attendees understand some of the opportunities and challenges of product stewardship, with particular emphasis on Australia’s new TV and computer recycling scheme.

The AWRE is taking place 21 and 22 November at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

The product stewardship panel discussion will take place on 22 November from 3:10 to 4:30 pm. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Steve Rust, Managing Director of Panasonic Australia Pty Ltd;
  • Peter Brisbane, Director, Television and Computer Regulator Team for the Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities;
  • Carmel Dollisson, General Manager of Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform Limited; and
  • Peter Bruce, Director – Service Parts Logistics, Australia for DHL Supply Chain.

The GlobalPSC will be facilitating the panel.

Steve will provide a large manufacturer’s perspective, including the importance of ensuring that the scheme works properly and the importance of being able to demonstrate responsible recycling of products. Carmel and Bruce will provide the perspective of approved arrangements responsible for delivering key outcomes of the scheme and the issues they face in doing so.

A facilitated panel discussion will follow short presentations by the expert panel members.  These key TV& computer scheme participants will provide the opportunity to answer questions such as:

The AWRE is the largest and most highly attended waste and recycling trade show in Australia. Now in its third year, the AWRE offers everyone in the industry an opportunity to showcase innovation, network with key waste & recycling decision makers from industry and government and attend high quality practical waste & recycling management seminars and workshops on key topics.

AWRE registration is free for all industry professionals.

Panasonic’s Business Case for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:56 pm, August 1st, 2012Comments3

In this video produced exclusively for the Global Product Stewardship Council, Steve Rust, Managing Director of Panasonic Australia, discusses the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally. Panasonic is a Corporate Member of the GlobalPSC and launched the video at the GlobalPSC’s Product Stewardship Implementation Workshop in July 2012.

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