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Building Roads with Plastic Bags and Glass

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:09 pm, August 3rd, 2018Comments0

 

 

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The GlobalPSC joined one of our Sustaining Corporate Members, Close the Loop, and other stakeholders for the launch of the first road in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, built from soft plastics and glass.

The road, in the Sutherland Shire, incorporated soft plastics (equal to 176,000 plastic bags), glass (equal to over 55,000 glass bottles), toner from almost 4,000 toner cartridges and 66 tonnes of asphalt from reclaimed roads.

Infrastructure service provider Downer notes that the road product, called Plastiphalt, is cost competitive and has a 65 per cent improvement in fatigue life, as well as increased resistance to deformation. These characteristics allow Plastiphalt roads to last longer and to better handle heavy vehicle traffic.

Nerida Mortlock, General Manager of Close the Loop Australia, noted, “Our close partnership with Downer, along with our collaborative partnerships with RedCycle and Plastic Police has allowed us to design, develop and manufacture sustainable products using problematic waste  streams. We are very pleased to see soft plastics used for the first time in a NSW road”.

 

International Stewardship Forum Outcomes

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:19 pm, June 30th, 2018Comments0

 

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Highlights from the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum, including recommendations to the Australian Government for improvements to the Product Stewardship Act 2011, are now available in the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper.

The International Stewardship Forum was held in Sydney from 4-6 April 2018. With over 130 participants and 13 international speakers, the Forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to gather practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The Forum was designed to maximise discussion and interaction between local and international representatives. It involved:

  • two days of presentations and panel discussions.
  • a final day of discussions with select stakeholders to reflect upon the Forum presentations, identify key insights, and help map out a way forward for product stewardship in Australia. These discussions followed a modified Chatham House Rule to encourage openness and information sharing.

The Forum was designed and structured to help inform the Australian Government’s 2018 review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act).

The paper provides an overview of some of the issues, ideas and solutions that were raised by participants over the three days. It is structured in two sections:

  • high level insights into the design and implementation of effective product stewardship policies and programs
  • the implications of these insights for Australian policy, including the current review of the Act.

Download the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper here.

 

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.

 

Consultation on Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:30 am, March 26th, 2018Comments0

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Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy is reviewing the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and is releasing a consultation paper (click here for an advance copy) to help inform the review.

In addition to releasing the consultation paper, the Department is supporting the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum 4-5 April in Sydney. As part of delivering the Forum, the GlobalPSC is reflecting the Forum’s sessions and exclusive, invitation-only Chatham House discussions in an Issues and Options Paper that will help inform the Department’s review. Register now to be part of the debate and to help inform your own input into the future of product stewardship in Australia and changes to Australia’s product stewardship framework.

The Department will hold public consultation forums in all state and territory capitals during May and June 2018, and the call for written submissions will close on 29 June. Information on the dates and venues for these forums will be published on the Department’s website as they become available.

The Department commissioned an independent evaluation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in 2017. The evaluation report will be available on the Department’s website this week.

The Department is also making minor amendments to the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011, to update settings relating to the estimation of weights of products imported and entering the waste stream each year.

Download the Consultation Paper here.

Register here for the International Stewardship Forum.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Agsafe

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:01 am, February 8th, 2018Comments0

 

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Agsafe is an industry-led non-profit organisation committed to agricultural product stewardship.

Agsafe’s training, accreditation and waste management programs support safe handling, storage, transportation and disposal of farm chemicals, to ensure the safety of products at each stage of the chemical lifecycle.

By collecting empty farm chemical containers for recycling, drumMUSTER has diverted more than 31 million drums from landfill since 1999.  The drums are used to manufacture construction materials, garden and landscaping products, pipes and fencing.

ChemClear aids land owners in ethical disposal of agricultural and veterinary chemicals by collecting unwanted and obsolete products for environmentally sound disposal, keeping land and waterways clear of waste.

 

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. 

 

Product Stewardship in Action

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:56 am, January 30th, 2018Comments0

 

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During Helen Lewis‘s 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 features the GlobalPSC and some of our members. Helen will help incorporate lessons from the book in our International Stewardship Forum this 4-5 April in Sydney.

We have previously made Product Stewardship in Action available to GlobalPSC members at a discounted rate. Registrants for the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum will also be provided details to access a 20% discount on this relevant and insightful book.

 

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.

 

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