Posts Tagged ‘litter’

EU Launches New Green Growth Package and Amendments to Product-Specific Directives

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:42 pm, July 10th, 2014Comments1

On 2 July 2014, the European Commission launched its Green Growth package. The aim is to link waste policy with resource efficiency through the “circular economy” to reduce resource consumption, maximise reuse and recycling, and improve security of supply and create jobs by reprocessing waste materials within Europe.

The Commission is now proposing a target of 70% recycling and preparation for reuse by 2030 and a ban on the landfilling of recyclable materials by 2025. The Commission is also proposing some aspirational targets – reducing food waste by 30% between 2017 and 2026, and ending the landfilling of recoverable waste by 2030. The Commission is proposing to replace overall recovery targets (recycling, energy recovery, etc.) under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive with overall and material-specific targets for recycling and preparation for reuse.

Member States must ensure that financial contributions into extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes by producers “cover the entire cost of waste management, including separate collection and treatment, adequate information to waste holders, data gathering and reporting.”  Producers must also “support litter prevention and clean-up initiatives.”

An overview of the proposals and targets, led by GlobalPSC Foundation Members Perchards, is provided in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members under the Frameworks & Harmonisation tab. 

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

Global Packaging Stewardship Overview

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:30 pm, August 15th, 2013Comments0

 

 

 

In August 2013, GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin provided an overview of global packaging product stewardship and extended producer responsibility initiatives to the Australian Packaging Covenant Council. The report is now available on the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members.

International developments in product stewardship and EPR for packaging and other products were examined to help provide context for discussions on their implications for packaging in Australia. Topics such as industry leadership, material ownership, increased application of EPR across a broader range of products, a focus on better understanding impacts on local government costs and resource savings and attempts to harmonise varying schemes to reduce costs were addressed, as well as their implications for packaging. Several key developments in packaging product stewardship in North America were discussed in detail, including British Columbia’s EPR for packaging and printed paper (PPP), industry-led efforts to address PPP EPR comprehensively in the US and the increased influence of litter and marine debris as drivers for packaging product stewardship programs. Relevant aspects of developments in Europe and elsewhere were also highlighted. Australian implications of these issues were then discussed, with an emphasis on policies and projects.

GlobalPSC Member – California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:44 pm, May 30th, 2013Comments3

We are pleased to have the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) as a Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

CalRecycle brings together the state’s recycling and waste management programs and continues a tradition of environmental stewardship.

Through the landmark initiatives of the 1980’s such as the Integrated Waste Management Act and Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, California has gone from single-digit recycling rates, sparse infrastructure, and few end markets for recyclables to a diversion rate equivalent of 65%, and a beverage container recycling rate of 82%. This was accomplished with the hard work and dedication of all of CalRecycle’s partners in this endeavor including local jurisdictions, the waste and recycling industry, and the public who embraced the new programs.

Now, California’s Legislature and Governor Brown, through enactment of AB 341, (Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011) have directed CalRecycle to propose a plan for the next step in the evolution of California’s solid waste stream management. The law establishes a goal for California that not less than 75% of the solid waste generated be source-reduced, recycled or composted by 2020. It also requires CalRecycle to provide a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2014 detailing strategies to achieve that policy goal.

CalRecycle’s vision is to inspire and challenge Californians to achieve the highest waste reduction, recycling, and reuse goals in the nation. Through innovation and creativity, sound advancements in science and technology, and efficient programs that improve economic vitality and environmental sustainability, we build a stronger California.

 

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.

 

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