Posts Tagged ‘legislation’

Garth Hickle – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Independent Consultant

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:00 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments9

Garth Hickle is an independent consultant with an emphasis on environmental product policy and the circular economy. Previously, he led the product stewardship program for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA).

He currently serves as a board member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Electronics Recycling Initiative (SERI).

He is also a Senior Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota.  He has published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Resource Conservation and Recycling and Business Strategy and the Environment.

Garth holds a M.S.E.L. from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

GlobalPSC Government Member – Department of the Environment and Energy

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:27 pm, June 7th, 2017Comments0

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The Department of the Environment and Energy administers Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products. The framework allows for voluntary industry led schemes, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. More information on the legislation and product stewardship in general can be found here.

 

GlobalPSC Members Support Product Stewardship in California

Posted by Brett Giddings at 8:01 pm, November 24th, 2015Comments1

 

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On November 4th GlobalPSC members CalRecycle, Call2Recycle and PaintCare joined the California Product Stewardship Council and a range of government and industry representatives to provide perspectives on the role of legislation in driving product stewardship for household hazardous waste (HHW).

In a hearing held by the California Assembly Select Committee on Waste Reduction & Recycling in 21st Century California, participants expressed support for well-considered extended producer responsibility (EPR) to be trialled and ultimately introduced in the state for HHW; including batteries, used pharmaceuticals and sharps. The ubiquity of many HHW products and the potential threats they pose to the environment and human health were highlighted at the hearing, with estimates of approximately 600 million pounds being landfilled in the state each year.

With a ‘patchwork’ of ordinances being introduced in counties throughout the state, many agreed that state-wide EPR programs, underpinned by appropriate legislative frameworks, and managed by relevant industry bodies, would provide a more effective and efficient solution.

The hearing can viewed in full via this video posted by the California Product Stewardship Council.

 

GlobalPSC Government Member – Australian Department of the Environment and Energy

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:58 am, January 28th, 2014Comments9

 

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The Department of the Environment and Energy administers Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products. The framework allows for voluntary industry led schemes, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. More information on the legislation and product stewardship in general can be found here.

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – PaintCare

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:18 pm, September 1st, 2013Comments8

PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, working to provide environmentally sound and cost-effective paint recycling programs in states with paint stewardship laws.

The organization was created by the American Coatings Association (ACA), a membership-based trade association for the paint industry.

ACA, working with state and local government, developed the model paint stewardship legislation that was first passed in Oregon in 2009. This legislation provided for an industry-led pilot program to manage postconsumer (leftover) paint. PaintCare has similar programs in California and Connecticut and is planning programs in Rhode Island, Vermont, Minnesota, Maine and Colorado. Legislation is expected to be introduced in several other states in the next few years.

In states with PaintCare, many new paint drop-off locations are established, mostly at paint retailers who volunteer to take back paint. These retailers take back paint during regular business hours making paint recycling and disposal much more convenient for the public. Operating costs are funded through an assessment (fee per container) on sales of paint in each state. The paint manufacturing industry supports the laws because they enable the paint industry to implement a while providing a level playing field among manufacturers and retailers. These laws also provide a sustainable financing system and an anti-trust exemption for activities pursuant to the program. To find out more about PaintCare, please visit the PaintCare website.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Product Stewardship Institute

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:47 pm, August 13th, 2012Comments16

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is a national, membership-based nonprofit committed to reducing the health, safety, and environmental impacts of consumer products across their lifecycle—with a strong focus on sustainable end-of-life management. With experience in nearly 20 product categories, PSI brings together stakeholders with varying interests to develop product stewardship solutions in a collaborative manner, facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, encouraging product design changes, and advocating for producer responsibility.

PSI has 47 state environmental agency members and hundreds of local government members, along with over 100 corporate, business, academic, non-U.S. government, and organizational partners. Together, they achieve their product stewardship goals by designing, implementing, evaluating, strengthening, and promoting both legislative and voluntary product stewardship initiatives across North America.

PSI strives to achieve the following financial, social, and environmental goals with every initiative it undertakes:

  • Minimize waste management costs, particularly for taxpayers and government agencies;
  • Create recycling and waste management jobs in safe, fair trade conditions; and
  • Reduce waste, increase product reuse, and boost recycling rates while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and the use of toxic chemicals.

 

Register Today for PSI’s Packaging Call Series!

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:35 am, June 21st, 2012Comments0

Why Join PSI’s Packaging Calls?  

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), in partnership with the National Recycling Coalition, is launching a technical conference call series to better understand key issues pertaining to the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging and printed materials. PSI will be conducting three two-hour calls that build on each other to help participants develop an understanding of the problem, goals, key barriers, and priority solutions. The calls will explore all viable strategies, including both voluntary and legislative, to work toward a comprehensive approach to materials reduction, reuse, and recycling.

These highly interactive calls are open to all interested parties, and will provide an easy way for participants to quickly get up to speed on all current initiatives, and to jointly discuss which strategies might lead to maximum recycling of all material types.

Register today to engage in this important “work group” discussion, for less than a cost of a plane ticket and from the comfort of your own office! 

Topics include:

Call #1: Packaging and printed materials in the U.S.: What’s the problem? What are the opportunities? What do the data say? 

Call #2: Goals for increasing material recovery and barriers to achieving them 

Call #3: Key Strategies – voluntary and regulatory approaches

Detailed program information for each call and registration details are available here.

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.

Russ Martin – Chief Executive Officer of GlobalPSC Director of MS2

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:47 pm, April 26th, 2012Comments42

Russ has over 27 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. In 2015, Russ won the Global Green Future Leadership Award from the World CSR Congress.

Russ has delivered major presentations in China, Singapore, Belgium, Serbia, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on product stewardship and sustainability.

In addition to being CEO of the GlobalPSC, Russ is Director of Martin Stewardship & Management Strategies Pty Ltd (MS2), an Australia-based consultancy. Russ served as the Independent Chair of the Battery Implementation Working Group to lead development of a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries in Australia. Russ was appointed by the Australian Government to the Product Stewardship Framework Legislation Stakeholder Reference Group and testified before the Australian Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on the Product Stewardship Bill 2011.

Russ was also appointed to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, which provided advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and served as the product stewardship technical lead on a stakeholder-led e-waste product stewardship framework for New Zealand.

From developing and implementing a market-based approach to increase packaging recycling in Florida, to chairing the inaugural Australian Greenhouse Conference, to crafting innovative waste management legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Russ has long been a leader in developing innovative yet pragmatic policies and programs.

Russ received his Bachelors degree in Marine Science/Biology from the University of Tampa and his Masters degree in Environmental Planning and Natural Resource Management from Florida State University.

Russ developed and implemented Florida´s Advance Disposal Fee and served as Staff Director for the Florida Packaging Council.

Since moving to Australia in 1997, Russ has provided strategic economic and policy advice to a broad range of industries and governments at all levels.

Russ served as a Senior Economist with the New South Wales EPA, where he assisted with innovative regulatory reforms and provided economic and policy analysis of major environmental policies and strategies for the Minister for the Environment, the Cabinet Office, and the EPA´s Executive Branch before going into consulting.

As a consultant, Russ has represented the Australian packaging industry in negotiating the National Packaging Covenant, developed the first sustainability report for the Australian packaging industry and examined a range of international product stewardship programs for the federal government in addition to a myriad of other projects.

International Product Stewardship Summit Issues Paper

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:07 am, December 4th, 2011Comments1

The Global Product Stewardship Council has had a resurgence in requests for information about the inaugural International Product Stewardship Summit.

The Summit was held November 2010 in Sydney, Australia, and attracted some 100 experts from government, industry and other stakeholder groups. The Summit attracted an impressive line-up of international speakers who addressed a feast of product stewardship issues including harmonisation, voluntary and mandatory programs, and legislation.

The GlobalPSC developed an Issues Paper, available for download, that focuses on the key topics discussed at the Summit. Each topic is supported by case studies and includes:
• The Changing Role of Product Stewardship.
• Frameworks and Harmonisation.
• Voluntary Programs.
• Mandatory/Regulatory Programs.
• Legislation.
• Producer Attitudes.
• Stakeholder Engagement and Involvement.
• Future Goals.
• International Product Stewardship Summit Information.

Proceedings are available for free to GlobalPSC members or at-cost for non-members. Details are available on the Events tab at www.globalpsc.net.

Given the results and interest expressed, we intend to hold comparable events as resources allow.

Please note that GlobalPSC contact details have been updated since the Issues Paper was originally developed.

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