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Modulated Fees in EPR

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:06 am, June 30th, 2018Comments0

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for the Environment in the UK, Michael Gove, announced a reform of the current Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system based on a consultation taking place later this year. Following this, there has been a lot of talk about modulated fees, which are already in place in the French and Italian packaging compliance schemes, CONAI and Citeo. Modulated fees are those which vary with the eco-design of the packaging, for example, a lower fee is charged for plastic that is easily recyclable and a higher fee is charged for plastic that is not widely recyclable.

In a recent conference, Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environment Audit Committee, spoke about the reform of the PRN system and how she thought producers should be charged modulated fees. Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP, agreed producers should be rewarded for good eco-design and such products should be readily available to consumers. Representing the industries point of view, Susanne Baker, Head of environment and compliance at techUK said the company welcomes the PRN reform and they’re expecting modulated fees to be a game changer.

Following his announcement, Mr Gove received advice from three bodies: the Advisory Committee on Packaging; packaging group INCPEN; and resource charity WRAP concerning the reform. The bodies suggested that producers should design packaging to be more recyclable. In addition, there should be an approved list defining what is and what is not deemed to be recyclable.

In Italy, modulated fees are already in place in the packaging compliance scheme, CONAI. In this system, plastic packaging is split into bands based on how easy it is to recycle and which waste stream it ends up in. All other materials currently remain the same and are not yet split into bands. The plastic packaging contribution diversification is split into three criteria: recyclable packaging selectable by circuit commerce and industry; recyclable packaging selectable from home circuit; packaging not selectable/ recyclable according to current technologies.

In France, the packaging compliance scheme Citeo uses modulated fees through a penalties and bonuses system.

The bonuses include:

  • Awareness bonuses on-pack, ranging from 5-8%
  • Awareness bonuses off-pack of 8% or 4%
  • 8% bonus for reductions in weight, etc. and improvement of recyclability
  • 12% bonus for plastic packaging that is included in the national sorting instructions
  • 8% bonus for rigid plastic packaging that can join an existing recycling channel

 The penalties include:

  • 100% penalty for packaging in the national sorting instruction but without an existing recycling channel
  • 50% penalty for PET packaging with mineral pacifiers
  • 10% penalty for packaging containing mineral oils

Through systems such as those in place in France and Italy, producers are incentivised to place packaging on the market that is easier to reuse and recycle. Recycling labels can often be unclear and confusing to consumers hence choosing the product with ‘better’ packaging is not always simple. Through modulated fees there is an opportunity to remove the choice from consumers and only provide packaging that is reusable or easily recyclable.

Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

Implementation of 2018 Open Scope WEEE

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:16 pm, April 30th, 2018Comments0

 

 

The EU WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU) introduced a number of changes to the original Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC), including an “Open Scope” of 6 revised categories instead of the previous 10, which according to the Directive are to be introduced from 15 August 2018. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, which was made an EU law in February 2003, was instituted to set collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods. The Directive sets the foundations for the creation of collection/compliance schemes. The aim of the schemes is to ensure waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is collected and reused or recycled.

The six new categories to be introduced are:

1. Temperature exchange equipment: fridges, freezers, air conditioning, etc.

2. Screens, monitors, and equipment containing screens having a surface greater than 100 cm2: TVs, computer monitors, etc.

3. Lamps

4. Large equipment (any external dimension more than 50cm): washing machines, dish washers, cookers, luminaires, large printers, copying equipment in general, etc.

5. Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50cm): vacuum cleaners, calculators, video cameras, cameras, hifi equipment, watches and clocks, smoke detectors, payment systems, etc.

6. Small IT and telecommunication equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm): mobile phones, tablets, routers, laptops, GPS, printers, etc.

Although the revised scope comes into effect in August this year, Member States and compliance schemes have reported a range of implementation dates for the Open Scope categories. For example, the Finish WEEE scheme, Elker Oy, has introduced the new categories starting 1 January this year. The scheme said in a press release that all the subcategories previously in use will be found in one of the new six categories. Also, B2B and B2C equipment will be placed in new equipment categories. B2C categories are covered by all those listed above and the B2B equipment is under categories 1, 4 and 5 of the new open scope.

On the other end of the scale, Recupel, the Belgium WEEE scheme, release annually their new categories and fees which are valid from 1 July each year. This year and next there is no difference, hence the Open Scope categories have not been introduced from 1 July this year. The scheme has confirmed with us that as usual, there will be no further fee or category changes until 1 July 2019, almost a year after implementation of the 2018 WEEE Open Scope categories.

In the UK, the 2013 WEEE Regulations fully transposed the requirements of the EU WEEE Directive, therefore will include changing the UK’s 14 categories to 6, which according to DEFRA will be from 1 January 2019.  Defra opened a consultation on the ‘open scope’ as they wanted to hear people’s view on 2013 WEEE Regulations, specifically whether they improved the environment as a proportionate cost to business. The consultation proposed three options for the implementation of the Open Scope:

Option 1

The first option involves making no amendments and hence allowing the WEEE Regulations to take effect, with the requirement to categorise and report in 6 revised categories from 1 January 2019. The new categories would be: 1 Temperature Exchange Equipment; 2 Screens, Monitors & Equipment Containing Screens Surface are >100 cm2; 3 Lamps; 4 Large Equipment Any External Dimension > 50 cm; and 6 Small IT & Telecom No External Dimension > 50 cm. This would require changes to how producers and Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) report. Furthermore, there would be a significant redistribution of costs, with some producers paying significantly more and others making savings.

​Option 2

The second option involves making amendments to the 2013 WEEE Regulations to retain the UK’s current 14 categories and to allocate any EEE previously out of scope to one of the existing categories. This would avoid redistribution of costs and is the government’s preferred option.

Option 3

The final option would adopt the 6 revised categories but introduce 3 subcategories in order to reduce the change in costs to producers. This would mean that more costly or hazardous WEEE treatment is fairly allocated to producers who place it on the market as they would have to report in the relevant subcategories. Hence increased costs will be imposed on some producers, and savings for others as well as changes to the reporting system for both producers and AATFs. Two subcategories would come under ‘Temperature Exchange Equipment’ which would be: 1 Those containing refrigerant and 2 Those not containing refrigerant. A further three subcategories would come under ‘Large Equipment Any External Dimension > 50 cm’ which would be: 5 PV, 6 Large household equipment (LDA) and 7 All other.

An announcement on changes to the UK WEEE scoping is expected in May. ​​​

Elsewhere, the new Open Scope categories are planned to be implemented on 15 August this year in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania. Along with the UK, the revised Directive will be implemented on 1 January 2019 in Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

International Stewardship Forum

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:49 pm, February 15th, 2018Comments0

 

 

13 Featured International Speakers from 8 Countries and Active Globally 

Updated Preliminary Program Available

REGISTER HERE

Discounted rates for GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners 

 

Learn how to reduce supply chain and end of life impacts of products and substances from electronics and batteries, packaging, furniture and mattresses, sharps and unwanted medicines, agricultural and household chemicals, even child safety car seats.

Gain insights on Circular Economy, sustainability, recycling, product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) from global experts.

Corporate perspectives including HP, IKEA, Kimberly-Clark, Battery World and Eli Lilly and Company.

Non-profits and NGOs from the OECD to product recovery organisations.

Programs featured from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Learn from and network with global leaders in our field.

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

  • Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of OECD
  • Mark Dempsey, UK Sustainability Manager for HP Inc.
  • Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer of PET Recycling Company (PETCO) (South Africa)
  • John Harris, fmr Global Product Stewardship Coordinator at Eli Lilly and Company (US and globally)
  • Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of WEEE Forum (Europe and globally)
  • Cynthia Dunn, Supervising Senior Environmental Scientist, EPR Unit of California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (US)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Laurence Bouret, Déléguée Générale of DASTRI (France)
  • Doug Woodring, Founder of Plasticity Forum and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong and globally)
  • Michelle Carvell, Chief Operating Officer of Lorax Compliance Ltd (UK)
  • Chris van Rossem, Director, Technical Advisory Services of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA)
  • Steve Claus, Business Developer & Advisory Manager of Green Crossroads (Africa, Europe, Latin America)
  • Andrea Chmielinski, Principal of Steward Wise (Canada)

We’ve also secured a strong contingent of Australian speakers. See the updated Preliminary Program, available here, for details.

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 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered. Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Registration covers participation in both days of the forum and a networking event the evening of 4 April.

Confirmed forum speakers, GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners are eligible for a discounted rate of A$750 (ex-GST and ticket fees). Full registrations are A$950 (ex-GST and ticket fees).

Registered attendees will receive details for an event app with program information, speaker bios and key downloads. Registered attendees will also receive details for a 20% discount off the book Product Stewardship in Action by Dr Helen Lewis. 

 

International Stewardship Forum – Last Week for Early Bird Rates

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:26 pm, February 9th, 2018Comments0

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Early Bird rates available to 16 February - Only one week left!

Discounted rates for GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners 

 

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

 

 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered. Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Registration covers participation in both days of the forum and a networking event the evening of 4 April.

An Early Bird rate of A$750 (ex-GST and ticket fees) is available for all registrations up to 16 February 2018. This rate is also available to confirmed forum speakers and to confirmed GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners. Full registrations are A$950 (ex-GST and ticket fees).

Registered attendees will receive details for an event app with program information, speaker bios and key downloads. Registered attendees will also receive details for a 20% discount off the book Product Stewardship in Action by Dr Helen Lewis. 

 

International Stewardship Forum – 4-5 April 2018, Sydney

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:58 am, January 30th, 2018Comments0

 

 

REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Early Bird Rates Available to 16 February

 

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

  • Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of OECD
  • Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of WEEE Forum (Europe and globally)
  • Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer of PET Recycling Company (PETCO) (South Africa)
  • Laurence Bouret, Déléguée Générale of DASTRI (France)
  • Doug Woodring, founder of Plasticity Forum and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong and globally)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Andrea Chmielinski, Principal of Steward Wise (Canada)
  • Michelle Carvell, Chief Operating Officer of Lorax Compliance Ltd (UK)

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered.Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Registration covers participation in both days of the forum and a networking event the evening of 4 April.

An Early Bird rate of A$750 (ex-GST and ticket fees) is available for all registrations up to 16 February 2018. This rate is also available to confirmed forum speakers and to confirmed members of the GlobalPSC, Sustainability Advantage and other supporting organisations up to the first day of the forum. Full registrations are A$950 (ex-GST and ticket fees).

Registered attendees will receive details for an event app with program information, speaker bios and key downloads. Registered attendees will also receive details for a 20% discount off the book Product Stewardship in Action by Helen Lewis. 

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Lorax Compliance

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:02 am, January 3rd, 2018Comments0

 

 

Lorax Compliance Limited specialise in helping companies report to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship schemes across the world. They offer both reporting software and consultancy services which are designed to simplify the complex global reporting and management requirements.

Their award-winning cloud reporting software covers the traditional EU EPR schemes such as packaging, electronic products, tyres and batteries, as well as newer global regulations such as bottle deposits, textiles, hazardous waste (e.g. oils, pesticides, fertilizer, chemical substance volumes), large non-electronic consumer goods (e.g. mattresses, carpets, plastic products) and medical and health products. Alongside the scheme reporting modules, Lorax Compliance’s software offers data analytics giving companies complete transparency into their worldwide EPR and Stewardship costs. The team at Lorax Compliance have a passion for getting to the details behind EPR and Stewardship reporting. Through the software, the data behind the frequent submissions can be leveraged by clients to give valuable overviews of their products, markets and schemes. They can also create their own company KPIs such as Product to Packaging ratios or material reduction targets.

Reporting to EPR schemes varies dramatically across the world. Providing a software solution and centralizing knowledge to manage the different schemes, timetables, categories and fees can alleviate the pressure companies find themselves under to have specialist resources in each market. In addition, Lorax Compliance support software and non-software customers through regulatory support and legislation analysis and advice. This ranges from offering free legislation update webinars, publishing frequent blogs or engaging in bespoke consultancy projects where clients may have questions around their reporting obligations.

Contact Lorax Compliance here and sign up for regular EPR and Stewardship updates via their website.

 

SAVE THE DATE – International Stewardship Forum 4-5 April 2018, Sydney

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:23 am, December 21st, 2017Comments0

 

 

UPDATE: Additional confirmed international speakers shown in bold below.

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

  • Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of OECD
  • Michelle Carvell, Director, Compliance & Customer Service of Lorax Compliance Ltd (UK)
  • Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of WEEE Forum (Europe and globally)
  • Laurence Bouret, Déléguée Générale of DASTRI (France)
  • Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer of PET Recycling Company (PETCO) (South Africa)
  • Doug Woodring, founder of Plasticity Forum and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong and globally)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Andrea Chmielinski, Principal of Steward Wise (Canada)

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered.Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

UPDATES AND REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE HERE

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Close the Loop

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:39 am, December 5th, 2017Comments0

 

 

Close the Loop (CtL) is an Australian-owned resource recovery and sustainability solutions provider. The company first applied its expertise to the printing and imaging sector where it helped major companies become sustainability pace-setters within the industry. Today, Close the Loop translates that success and experience across all industries, in all regions of the world, raising the bar by showing what is possible when companies commit to sustainable product end-of-life strategies that are supported by innovation and a zero waste to landfill guarantee.

Close the Loop strives to be the premier sustainability solutions provider while providing a safe and productive work environment for its employees. Established in Australia in 2001, the company now employs more than 200 people with operations in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

 

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.

 

Michelle Carvell – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Chief Operating Officer of Lorax Compliance

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:29 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments0

Michelle has 15 years’ experience working in the environmental compliance sector building an extensive knowledge of the industry. After graduating from Cardiff University in 2002, she has developed her career by specialising in product stewardship, producer responsibility programs and their impacts on the producers.

Co-Founding Lorax Compliance Limited in 2014, Michelle supports a diverse range of businesses with specialist Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) reporting services as well as tailored consultancy covering all aspects of environmental legislation. The award-winning solutions offered by Lorax Compliance improve methods of data management, provide comprehensive knowledge and present complete transparency into the costs of compliance.

Combining a passion for all environmental themes with a desire to manage and remove the complexities associated with the legislation for producers, Michelle’s focus within Lorax is to promote and simplify the vast range of reporting requirements their clients find themselves obligated by.

EPR is a frequently changing and growing global field with requests for data increasing, new programs developing and more products being brought into scope.  To find out more about how Lorax Compliance, its software and its team can support you, please visit: www.loraxcompliance.com.

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