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UNIDO and Dell Cooperate on E-waste Solutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:10 pm, September 29th, 2014Comments1

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell (a GlobalPSC Corporate Member) have signed an agreement to cooperate on identifying and implementing a sustainable solution model for e-waste management for developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Developing countries are expected to account for the majority of discarded electronics by 2016, and twice that of developed regions by 2030.

The memorandum of understanding signed by UNIDO’s Director General LI Yong and Dell Inc.’s Executive Director of Sustainability David Lear (pictured below with Jean Cox-Kearns, Director of Compliance – Dell Global Takeback), commits the two organizations to work together for a five-year period, with an option to extend the partnership.

“Enabling recycling infrastructure in developing countries has significant benefits for the environment and local community, and facilitates Dell with the recovery of valuable resources currently being discarded. Together with UNIDO we will work to establish or up-scale facilities to operate environmentally sound management practices that meet international standards for e-waste recycling and further powers the circular economy for IT,” said Lear.

Lear added, “We are going to continue to support governments in developing effective regulations and policies for e-waste management. Since policy development is a multi-stage process, Dell and UNIDO will support governments in the dialogue and dissemination activities to accompany the various stages of policy development, and this will include organizing and participating in consultation meetings with major stakeholder groups representing industry associations, civil society groups, formal and informal sector collectors, recyclers and representative associations.”

Through the collaboration, UNIDO and Dell aim to create awareness, build capacity, and engage in knowledge sharing and policy advocacy with regard to sustainable e-waste management; to support the creation of an operational and economically viable collection network, and dismantling and recycling facilities, to process e-waste in developing countries in a safe and environmentally sound way; and to support the development of local recycling infrastructure, contributing to the industrial development of these countries and creating sustainable, green economies.

UNIDO has an established e-waste program that addresses the full life cycle of ICT equipment by properly dismantling and recycling it once the equipment has become obsolete. The program aims to foster the development of an environmentally sound e-waste recycling industry in developing countries.

With the active support of 35 National Cleaner Production Centres, UNIDO focuses on promoting an environmental service industry in developing countries; preparing national e-waste assessment reports; establishing partnerships with national and international institutions from the public and private sector; and facilitating the establishment of local and regional e-waste dismantling and recycling facilities.

Dell began integrating sustainability features into its products and processes nearly 30 years ago with designs that were upgradable, serviceable and recyclable because it was good for business, customers, and the environment. Dell is building on this commitment through its recently launched Legacy of Good plan outlining its vision for 2020. As part of this plan, Dell has a goal to eliminate two billion pounds of used electronics by 2020, which will be achieved through Dell’s recycling programs for homes and businesses in 78 countries.

GlobalPSC Member – PET Recycling Company (PETCO)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:18 am, June 24th, 2014Comments6

PETCO_Logo_smallPETCO is the trading name of the PET Recycling Company (Pty) Ltd and represents the South African plastic industry’s proven joint effort to self-regulate post-consumer Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) recycling.

PETCO is financed by a voluntary recycling levy paid by converters on PET resin purchased. PETCO also receives grants from brand owners and resin producers.

Support for PET recycling efforts ensures an on-going monetary value for post-consumer PET. This sustains collection interest and reduces the volume of post-consumer PET in the waste stream.

On-going consumer and public education and awareness activities promote environmental responsibility and encourage PET recycling. By taking responsibility for post-consumer PET recycling, PETCO imposes accountability over the entire life cycle of PET products and packaging. This means that companies that manufacture, import and/or sell PET products and packaging are financially and physically responsible for such products after their useful life. In the case of post-consumer PET, this responsibility has been delegated to a third party, namely PETCO, who fulfils the PET industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). EPR promotes the integration of environmental costs associated with PET products throughout their life cycle into the market costs of the products and shifts responsibility for the used container from government to private industry.


PETCO aims to minimise the environmental impact of post-consumer PET on the South African landscape by:

• Achieving sustainable growth in PET plastic recycling;

• Supporting existing and encouraging new PET collection and recycling networks; and

• Promoting consumer education and awareness programmes.

PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

For a nice look at some of the people helping to increase PET recycling in South Africa and the approaches they use, see the video below.


GlobalPSC Member – Product Stewardship Society

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:49 pm, December 3rd, 2013Comments4




The Product Stewardship Society provides resources, professional development, and networking opportunities to individuals who have a role in product stewardship and sustainability.

The mission of the Product Stewardship Society is to enable professionals involved in the practice of product stewardship to promote responsible design, development and management of products throughout their life cycle

Founded in 2011, the Product Stewardship Society is an affiliate of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA®).​​​​​

Product Stewardship Goes Mainstream Through Effective Leadership

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:23 pm, April 22nd, 2013Comments1




As further proof that product stewardship and producer responsibility are making serious inroads into traditional waste management, recycling and resource issues, two product stewardship experts in Australia have made the cut for the top five nominees in the Resources & Waste category of the 2013 WME magazine Leaders List Awards. GlobalPSC President Russ Martin and Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv John Gertsakis have worked for decades to advance product stewardship, so it’s great to see such recognition for their hard work.

Both Russ and John see the commercial and environmental value of effective product stewardship working across diverse product categories and industry sectors, from batteries and e-waste through to paint, commercial furniture and various other manufactured goods. Most importantly, they recognise that life cycle thinking and design innovation are essential elements in achieving a more coherent and sustainable approach to product stewardship.

Help promote product stewardship by going to the WME home page and click on the top left banner to vote for either Russ or John in the Resources & Waste category.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Vinyl Council of Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:24 pm, November 26th, 2012Comments13

The Vinyl Council of Australia was established in 1998 to advance the sustainability of the vinyl or PVC industry in Australia. Members are drawn from across the supply chain, representing a wide range of products.

In 2002 the Vinyl Council launched a Product Stewardship Program for the industry.

This voluntary initiative sets out a series of commitments for Signatories along the vinyl supply chain to address the environmental and health aspects associated with the life-cycle of PVC.  Over 35 Signatories are currently committed to actions in areas including manufacturing emissions, safe use of additives, and end-of-life management.

During ten years of operation the Program has resulted in improvements through reduced emissions, phasing out of lead and cadmium additives, waste management activities and adoption of life-cycle thinking in new product development.  Stakeholder feedback, annual reporting and expert scientific and technical research help to maintain the Program’s relevance and effectiveness.

Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan serves on the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.


Thoughts from Singapore

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:30 pm, July 30th, 2012Comments0

By Global Product Stewardship Council President Russ Martin

While in Singapore for the inaugural WasteMET Asia conference recently, three things in particular give me hope for our ultimate ability to help improve environmental outcomes through product stewardship:

  • Holding a kilo of pure gold recovered from e-waste;
  • Seeing some of the innovative sustainability initiatives at the new Gardens by the Bay precinct (pictured); and
  • Hearing the interest from governments and companies alike in implementing product stewardship initiatives.

Courtesy of the senior management and staff of TES-AMM and Cimelia Resource Recovery, I was able to tour two of the largest electronics recyclers in the region and see precious metal recovery from computers, batteries and other e-waste. In addition to seeing molten gold being poured into ingots, one highlight was holding a kilo of pure gold recovered from electronics.

The risk, of course, is seeing the gold and thinking that the electronics recyclers must be making a fortune. Most people don’t realise all of the commercial risks, inherent uncertainties and system costs necessary to end up with those precious metals.

There was a variety of views on some of the barriers and opportunities of product stewardship, but many commonalities as well. The GlobalPSC will continue to explore these issues on behalf of our members.

Product stewardship is a sensible approach to help ensure reliable volumes of end-of-life electronics are available for recovery and ensure these precious materials aren’t wasted in landfills. Of course, this also helps to ensure that manufacturers have these materials available as feedstocks and to avoid many of the life-cycle environmental impacts of extracting and initially processing the raw materials.

Gardens by the Bay opened just before our events and reinforces how man-made solutions can help redress some of the man-made problems we face. The ‘supertrees’ provide foundations for a wide variety of vegetation and solar panels for powering the precinct, serve as heat exchangers and help educate the public on the value of sustainability initiatives. With a little creativity and innovation, we can deliver effective solutions.

While the Global Product Stewardship Council is truly international, has members from six countries and board members from four countries, we are based in Australia and have enjoyed strong support from the Australian Government as one of our first government members and as a sponsor of our inaugural International Product Stewardship Summit.

Australia’s Senior Trade Commissioner in Singapore and her staff were especially helpful and provided the opportunity to meet with the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator the Hon Don Farrell. Senator Farrell led the passage of Australia’s Product Stewardship Act and had helped ensure that the GlobalPSC was active in its development.

We are keen to continue working with governments and other stakeholders in facilitating the development of sensible, effective product stewardship programs globally. Public and private representatives from Southeast Asia to Africa were seeking advice on how to get product stewardship in place, and we anticipate many productive efforts in the future.

Representatives of Singapore’s National Environment Agency shared insight on regional developments in product stewardship and introduced us to a wide range of award-winning industry leaders under the Singapore Packaging Agreement. As an example of the value in sharing program information, Australia’s packaging covenant had been a model for the agreement and adapted to suit local circumstances.

We certainly appreciate the interest and engagement of all those involved that have helped us continue to expand our outreach, engagement and knowledge base.

Product Stewardship Institute Spring / Summer Webinar Series

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:34 am, March 15th, 2012Comments0

13th Networking Webinar Series 

May 2012 – June 2012

Register now for the Product Stewardship Institute’s Spring/Summer webinar series! Topics include Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR, Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses, Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging, Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program, and Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs.

  1. Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR
  2. Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship
  3. One Year Later: Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program
  4. Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs — Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
  5. Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging – Changing the Way We View Product Impacts

PSI’s webinar registration fees have changed. For more information on registration and fees, contact PSI.

Making the Change: Local Government Perspectives on the Transition to EPR
Wednesday, May 9 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: Producer responsibility laws not only change the way waste management is financed but also change the roles played by all key stakeholders. This webinar will explore changes in local government agency roles following the implementation of U.S. stewardship laws on electronics and paint, and in British Columbia on a range of products, including packaging and printed materials. With the shifting of financial and management responsibility, producers naturally seek greater control of the system to reduce costs and achieve performance goals. On this webinar, speakers will explore how their roles are evolving or have changed pertaining to contracting for services, education of residents, collection of materials, and other key factors. They will also discuss how the roles changed for manufacturers, retailers, and other key stakeholders. In addition, these officials will provide suggestions to other local governments facing similar transitions, and discuss the challenges they faced in relinquishing control to manufacturers while maintaining their regulatory and oversight role. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Karen Fiedler, Solid Waste Supervisor, Waukesha County, Wisconsin
  • Monica Kosmack, Program Manager – Zero Waste Planning, City of Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Donald Maglienti, Program Coordinator, Addison County Solid Waste Management District, Vermont


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Lifecycle Flashing Before Your Eyes: Emerging Options for Simplified Lifecycle Analyses and Their Role in Product Stewardship
Tuesday, May 22 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: Lifecycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from-cradle-to-grave, and provides a method to measure the ecological footprint of a particular product or service. The typical LCA is time and resource-intensive, and is often performed confidentially by an individual company or association. Several organizations are seeking to make the process more transparent and accessible by consolidating data, creating generic assessments for “prototype” products, and reducing the time and resources required. On this webinar, three national experts will present their unique approaches to LCA and discuss the relative merits and opportunities. The goal of the webinar is to make LCA more accessible to policy makers and those interested in learning more about how to apply these emerging tools. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Jo Anne Shatkin, Chief Executive Officer, CLF Ventures
  • Greg Norris, Founder and Director, Sylvatica
  • Kevin Dooley, Academic Director, The Sustainability Consortium


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One Year Later: Evaluating New York’s E-waste Program
Tuesday, June 5 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST
Overview: When New York passed the nation’s 22nd state producer responsibility law in 2010, those working on legislative language had the benefit of lessons learned from other states and many viewed the law as among the most progressive in the nation to date. In the spring of 2012, data will be released on the program’s first year of implementation. This webinar will feature prominent players that made this law possible, and will cover a wide range of perspectives from representatives of an electronics manufacturer, state government, local government, electronics recycler, and a national environmental group. These panelists will reflect on the choices made during the passage of the legislation, the outcome of the law after one year, and changes they would recommend for program refinement in the future. 

Moderator: Kate Hagemann, Associate for Policy and Programs, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Mark Moroukian, Environmental Engineer, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Resa Dimino, Consultant (formerly Director of Legislative Programs at WeRecycle!)
  • Kate Sinding, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Eric Swenson, Superintendent of Environmental Control, Town of Oyster Bay, NY
  • Manufacturer representative, TBA


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Voluntary and Mandatory Product Stewardship Programs—Finding the balance between government regulation and private sector initiative
Thursday, June 14 1:00-2:30 PM EST/10:00-11:30 PM PST
Overview: The producer responsibility approach seeks to engage manufacturers in taking greater financial and management responsibility for reducing the environmental and social impacts of their products over the entire lifecycle. Product stewardship programs can take the form of voluntary industry-driven programs, as well as programs that are regulated. Which achieve better outcomes? Which are most cost effective? Which ones are paving the way forward toward the proper balance between government regulation and free market innovation? Which functions are better for government to manage and which should be the domain of producers? This webinar will explore a controversial topic about which there are many strong opinions. We will hear from those who advocate for all sides of the issue, in the U.S. and Canada. 

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute


  • Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Electronics Association
  • Neil Hastie, President and CEO, Encorp Pacific
  • Carl Smith, CEO/President, Call2Recycle
  • Garth Hickle, Product Stewardship Team Leader, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • David Lawes, Analyst – Public Safety and Prevention Initiatives, British Columbia Ministry of Environment
  • Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County, Washington


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Coke’s PlantBottle Packaging – Changing the Way We View Product Impacts
Tuesday, June 26 2:00-3:30 PM EST/11:00-12:30 PM PST

Overview: In 2009, The Coca-Cola Company introduced a breakthrough innovation gloablly that it believes will have a revolutionary impact on the sustainability of commercial plastics. Coca-Cola’s new PlantBottle package contains up to 30 percent plant-based material, which looks, functions, and recycles just like traditional PET plastic, but with a lighter environmental footprint. That plant material replaces approximately one-third of the petroleum-based material that traditionally is used to make PET plastic bottles. In 2011, Coke also announced investments in three technologies it believes can deliver the first commercially viable solution for making the remaining 70% of PET plastic from plants and realizing the company’s vision of a 100% renewable, responsibly sourced and fully recyclable bottle.

This webinar will provide an in-depth focus on all aspects of the PlantBottle packaging supply chain, including material sourcing, manufacture, distribution, and post-consumer recycling. We will explore the lifecycle analysis that evaluated environmental impacts along the entire container supply chain, explore the relationship between this new packaging and Coke’s ongoing commitment to increasing recycling and using post-consumer recycled content in its bottles, and how the PlantBottle relates to the company’s investment in PET recycling plants.

Moderator: Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Product Stewardship Institute

Speaker: Scott Vitters, PlantBottle Packaging Innovation Platform General Manager, The Coca-Cola Company


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Webinar Fees and Registration Information
  • Webinars are FREE for PSI Full Members and Sustaining Partners
  • PSI Partners pay $60 per webinar
  • Affiliate and Non PSI Members/Partners pay $95 per webinarNot sure if you are a PSI Member or Partner? Please visit the Membership and Partnership Information page to see if you qualify for a discounted rate. Interested attendees must register for each networking webinar separately. Non PSI Members or Partners will be contacted after registration for payment.

Questions? Contact Erin Linsky Graeber, PSI’s Senior Associate of Outreach and Communications at 617-236-4866 or


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