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Australian Packaging Covenant 2013 Annual Report

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:33 pm, January 22nd, 2014Comments0

The Australian Packaging Covenant‘s 2013 annual report highlights continued improvement from previous years’ efforts. The Covenant is a co-regulatory* product stewardship scheme based on a collaborative approach between industry, government and community groups to increase recycling and reduce litter.

2013 highlights include:

  • Another increase in the packaging recycling rate, from 39% in 2003 to 64.2% in 2013.

 

  • Continued reduction in litter based on the National Litter Index.
  • A record number of 925 signatories, with a 95% compliance rate.
  • Improvement across all key performance indicators reported by Covenant signatories.
  • A$55.4M in funding for 75 new recycling and litter related projects under the current term of the Covenant.

* co-regulatory = voluntary approach with a regulatory underpinning to address free riders

GlobalPSC Appoints Russ Martin as CEO and Neil Hastie as President

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:14 pm, May 25th, 2013Comments2

 

 

 

Whistler, British Columbia – The Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) has appointed Russ Martin as Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. During the opening session of the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Zero Waste Conference, Russ also announced Neil Hastie as the new President.

Russ has over 20 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. He is Director of consultancy MS2 and is a GlobalPSC founder in addition to serving as President for the first three years of the GlobalPSC’s existence.

We’ve grown the GlobalPSC to over 40 members in 11 countries and put in place a variety of resources to add value to our members, in addition to influencing development of product stewardship across a range of products. I’m pleased to have this opportunity to continue building the GlobalPSC and expanding our network to best learn from the lessons of product stewardship and producer responsibility programs internationally. Neil has been integral to our efforts and his experience with running a leading recovery program is invaluable.” Russ said.

Neil is President and CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada) with over 15 years experience running extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs in British Columbia, Canada. He previously held a variety of general management positions in retailers across the country.

There is an increasing commitment to corporate sustainability for organizations based in North America and operating globally. Producer responsibility can be one of the pillars in a successful sustainability strategy. Evaluating and tracking national and global trends in the performance and costs for voluntary, co-regulatory and regulated systems is an imperative for robust enterprise risk management. The GlobalPSC assists its members in this analysis. I am enthused by the opportunity to intensify my contribution to the Council and to assist in enhancing value for our current and increasing base of business, government and NGO members.” said Neil.

PSI Webinars and Discounts for GlobalPSC Members

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:02 am, September 28th, 2012Comments3

The Product Stewardship Institute is providing all GlobalPSC Members with a special discount rate to participate in the webinar: “The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performing Product Stewardship Programs.”

GlobalPSC members may register for US$90 (a 25% discount on the regular rate). Please note your GlobalPSC membership affiliation on the registration page to take advantage of this opportunity!

For GlobalPSC members who unable to attend live, the webinar recording will be available for US$65. See the PSI website for more information.

The Roles of Government and Industry in Attaining High Performing Product Stewardship Programs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
(10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT)

How are the roles of government and industry best divided in order to achieve the highest levels of performance in product stewardship programs? This question, first considered during PSI’s 13th webinar series, will be explored on a deeper level in this interactive webinar sequel. Government, business, and academic perspectives will be presented on the proper role of government in product stewardship programs, and whether key program principles, such as transparency and accountability, are best attained through voluntary, mandatory, or hybrid programs that encompass elements from both approaches. On this webinar, presenters will analyze a range of voluntary and regulated programs in relation to their performance and effectiveness in increasing collection and recycling rates, educating consumers, containing costs, and minimizing free riders. Speakers will also elaborate on the performance measures they see as most effective. Ample opportunity for audience participation will also be provided. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Global Product Stewardship Council.

Moderator:

  • Scott Cassel, CEO and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speakers:

  • Alison Keane, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Coatings Association
  • Reid Lifset, Associate Director, Industrial Environmental Mgmt. Program, Yale University
  • Russ Martin, President, Global Product Stewardship Council
  • Fenton Rood, Director of Waste Systems Planning, OK Department of Environmental Quality
  • Neg Norton, President, Local Search Association (Invited)

This webinar is co-sponsored by:

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Additional webinars in this series:

Webinar Fees and Registration Information

  • Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay US$90 per webinar
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay US$120 per webinar

Questions? Contact Julia Jonas-Day, PSI’s Program Associate at julia@productstewardship.us, or +1-617-236-4771.

Product Stewardship Institute

+1-617-236-4855

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Australian Packaging Covenant

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:05 pm, August 13th, 2012Comments14

The Australian Packaging Covenant (APC) is a sustainable packaging initiative which aims to change the culture of business to design more sustainable packaging, increase recycling rates and reduce packaging litter. It is an agreement between government, industry and community groups to work together to find and fund solutions to address packaging sustainability issues.

Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:

  • Design packaging that is more resource efficient and more recyclable;
  • Increase the recovery and recycling of used packaging from households and away-from-home sources; and
  • Take action to reduce the incidence and impacts of litter.

The Covenant aims to ensure that all companies involved in the packaging chain play their part by delivering on these commitments.

Currently over 900 organisations (business and industry, government and non-government) are signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant.

 

Invitation for feedback on revised cost recovery arrangements for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:00 pm, June 8th, 2012Comments0

A message from the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, a GlobalPSC member

In February 2012, the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (the department) released for public comment the Consultation Paper on the Proposed Model for Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Arrangements (February 2012 Consultation Paper). Feedback obtained from this consultation is informing the development of a Ministerial Determination for the accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements and regulations for application fees under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. A copy of the February 2012 Consultation Paper may be obtained at www.environment.gov.au/product-stewardship.

Following the public consultation on the February 2012 Consultation Paper the fees for the assessment of applications, contained in Appendix A, were revised. The detail of these revisions is outlined in the attached document, Revised Cost Recovery Arrangements for Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Arrangements (Revised Cost Recovery Paper). Specifically, changes have been made to section 4.3 relating to the costs to be included in fees.

Given the changes to the application fees, the department thought it appropriate that interested parties should be given the opportunity to provide comment on the revised fees. Written submissions on the Revised Cost Recovery Paper are sought by 22 June 2012. Submissions and the submission coversheet will be accepted by email or hardcopy sent to:

wastepolicy@environment.gov.au

or

Director
Product Stewardship Policy Team
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Garth Hickle – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Product Stewardship Team Leader of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:52 pm, April 26th, 2012Comments9

Garth Hickle is the product stewardship team leader with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). He has been with the MPCA since 1996 working on product stewardship for various products including packaging, electronics and carpet.

He is the Chair of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Product Stewardship Task Force and a board member of the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse. He was named a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow in 2001 to pursue research in international product stewardship policy. He has published articles in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, the Journal for Cleaner Production, Corporate Environmental Strategy and Environmental Quality Management, among others.

Garth holds a B.A. from the College of Wooster, a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a M.A. from Hamline University and is a Doctoral Candidate in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Kylie Hughes – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Manager Waste Policy and Legislation of Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:51 pm, April 26th, 2012Comments4

Kylie Hughes is an Environmental Health Officer with over 20 years’ experience in waste management with local and state government. She has lead and been involved in numerous waste management policy, legislation and program development projects to help improve waste management and resource recovery practices in Queensland and nationally. She is currently working on several product stewardship projects, including the development of a national handheld battery stewardship program being led by the Queensland Government.

Accreditation of Voluntary Product Stewardship Programs

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:53 pm, February 28th, 2012Comments0

The Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) has released a consultation paper on the proposed model for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship arrangements under the Product Stewardship Act 2011. Written submissions on the consultation paper are sought by 27 March 2012.

Public meetings will be held in Sydney on 14 March 2012, Canberra on 16 March and Melbourne on 20 March. Further information on the consultation process is available on the SEWPaC website.

SEWPaC is a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, and the GlobalPSC is pleased to have provided input in the development of the proposed arrangements.

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