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GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Close the Loop

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:39 am, December 5th, 2017Comments0

 

 

Close the Loop (CtL) is an Australian-owned resource recovery and sustainability solutions provider. The company first applied its expertise to the printing and imaging sector where it helped major companies become sustainability pace-setters within the industry. Today, Close the Loop translates that success and experience across all industries, in all regions of the world, raising the bar by showing what is possible when companies commit to sustainable product end-of-life strategies that are supported by innovation and a zero waste to landfill guarantee.

Close the Loop strives to be the premier sustainability solutions provider while providing a safe and productive work environment for its employees. Established in Australia in 2001, the company now employees more than 200 people with operations in Asia Pacific, North America and Europe.

 

California Adopts Groundbreaking Carpet EPR

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:24 pm, October 30th, 2017Comments0

With Governor Jerry Brown’s signature 14 October on AB 1158, California has adopted groundbreaking extended producer responsibility (EPR) for carpet.

The legislation requires carpet manufacturers to submit a carpet stewardship plan that meets specified requirements and increase the rate of carpet recycling to 24% by 1 January 2020. The legislation also aims to end consumer subsidization of carpet incineration in municipal incinerators and cement kilns, incentivize production of more recyclable carpets, and ensure proper training for carpet installers.

Stewardship plans must include quantifiable 5-year goals and annual goals subject to review by CalRecycle. Updates to the stewardship plans must also address recommendations by an advisory committee to be appointed.

In California for 2016, over 257 million pounds (over 116,500 tonnes) of carpets were disposed of to landfills (about 2% of total disposed), while over 20 million pounds (over 9,000 tonnes) were disposed of in incinerators. Carpets are comprised of 99% plastic, derived from fossil fuels. Carpet production is estimated to grow 4.5% annually.

 

California Packaging Product Stewardship Reform

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:56 pm, October 17th, 2017Comments0

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Roughly 25 percent of California’s disposed waste stream is comprised of packaging materials. While the benefits of packaging are noted, improper management can result in greenhouse gas emissions, waterway and marine debris, and human health impacts.

According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle),

“(i)n order to help meet the state’s aggressive 75 percent recycling, composting, and source reduction goal by 2020, and particularly in light of significant recent developments such as the drop in California’s recycling rate and potential implications of China’s expanding regulations to ban certain scrap imports, it is critical now more than ever to address this portion of the waste stream. This will require a higher level of awareness and involvement by all parties involved in the sale and use of packaging: manufacturers, distributors, retailers, local governments, waste haulers, and consumers. After an extensive stakeholder outreach process dating back to 2012, the Director of (CalRecycle) instructed staff at the September 2016 monthly public meeting to develop a comprehensive, mandatory policy model for managing packaging to significantly reduce its presence in the waste stream.”

CalRecycle is seeking additional input on the proposed reforms for packaging.

In draft screening criteria for determining priority packaging types released in July 2017, CalRecycle noted that,

“(g)iven that there is not a one-size-fits-all policy solution for all packaging, the Department is choosing to evaluate which mandatory policy models (e.g., Extended Producer Responsibility, etc.) and instruments (e.g., minimum content, etc.) might be best suited to increasing collection and recovery of specific packaging types. In order to do this, staff are developing a set of screening criteria to determine which packaging types could be prioritized for analysis relative to different mandatory policy approaches.” 

To further advance public consultation on the issue, including an October 2017 workshop, CalRecycle has released a background document to

“solicit stakeholder input on a comprehensive policy framework as a policy model, what the framework should entail, critical steps for how it could work, and how specific policy tools could be implemented within that framework. In addition, staff are seeking feedback on how the framework could be enforced, how CalRecycle could measure progress and success, and how the framework could respond to changes in the marketplace.”‘

The background document contains final screening criteria for packaging based on the draft criteria and public consultation. Stakeholder submissions received prior to the 10 October workshop are also available here.

 

New GlobalPSC Board Members

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:52 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments0

 

The GlobalPSC Executive Committee (Board) recently decided unanimously to include three new members as a reflection of priority areas for the Board and in recognition of these members’ contributions to the GlobalPSC across diverse geographic coverage. These changes will further the GlobalPSC vision of facilitating the development and implementation of effective product stewardship schemes globally.

The new members include:

We have enjoyed long working relationships with these three as GlobalPSC members and look forward to their continued involvement in the GlobalPSC’s development as Board members.

 

Scott Cassel – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Chief Executive Officer of the Product Stewardship Institute

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:00 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments12

Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer Director and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which has played a key role in sparking the U.S. product stewardship movement over the past decade. Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

He is a Founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which seeks to harmonize product stewardship policies and programs internationally. He is also a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream.

Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

He is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, including the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master’s degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

Chris van Rossem – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Director Technical Advisory Services at Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:30 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments0

Chris van Rossem is Director, Technical Advisory Services at Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA). CSSA represents the recycling interests of Canadian businesses, creating convenient, clever, environmentally sustainable ways for consumers to dispose of the paper, packaging and products these businesses create—from newspapers to glass, metals to plastics. CSSA is a national, non-profit organization, founded by leading retailers and manufacturers, bringing together key players to achieve better recycling performance. CSSA is dedicated to providing support services to packaging and printed paper stewardship programs across Canada. CSSA’s six stewardship programs include:

  • Recycle BC Packaging and Printed Paper Program
  • MMSW Household Packaging and Paper Program,
  • MMSM Packaging and Printed Paper Program
  • Stewardship Ontario Packaging and Printed Paper Program
  • Stewardship Ontario Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program
  • Automotive Materials Stewardship Program

Prior to joining CSSA, Chris was Manager, Policy and Planning at Waste Diversion Ontario, the then provincial organization responsible for monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of Ontario’s four waste diversion programs.

Chris spent almost 10 years living in Sweden and working at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, where he received both his MSc in Environmental Management and Policy, and his PhD in Industrial Environmental Economics.  His research investigated how the design of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation, particularly in the electrical and electronic equipment sector, impacts incentives for improved product design.

 

Tom Ogonek – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Chief Operating Officer of Close the Loop

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:15 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments0

Tom joined Close the Loop in 2011, bringing more than 20 years of valuable operations experience and environmental industry perspective to the leadership team. In his role, Tom oversees all aspects of global operations. Tom is responsible for driving continuous improvement of operating efficiencies and facility management in all global operating centers, meeting financial growth goals, and growing the business through relationships with new and existing clients. With a background in chemistry and manufacturing, Tom’s insight and experience are valuable to the company’s vision to further diversify the business.

Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology from Northern Kentucky University. He currently works as an adjunct professor at Cincinnati State in the Center for Innovative Technology and serves on the Industry Alumni and Student Advisory Board at Northern Kentucky University’s Engineering Technology Program.

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:56 pm, September 7th, 2017Comments0

 

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Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is a world leader in medical devices and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, surgery and in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Webinar: Recycler and Waste Hauler Perspectives on EPR for Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:52 pm, October 12th, 2016Comments0

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is hosting a webinar of recycler and waste hauler perspectives on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

The webinar will take place 27 October, 2016 from 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT. 

The US recycling system has experienced a noticeable shift in the past few decades as the waste management and recycling industries have become increasingly privatized. Because of this change, waste and recycling systems often function as contractual agreements between haulers and recyclers with municipalities or residents. In contrast to this system, other countries – which operate under an EPR structure – rely on a central body to coordinate the recycling network, increasing efficiency and recovery. A shift in the US to EPR for consumer packaging would change the way the current contractual arrangements with recyclers and waste haulers are structured. Could the US shift to an EPR system where consumer packaging manufacturers manage and fund the recycling system? Would this change be for the better? Could it provide stability during market downturns and simplify system economics? Who would ultimately own recycled material, and how would a shift in ownership change economic dynamics?

Using the British Columbia system as a case study, expert speakers will explore these questions and more during the third part of PSI’s packaging webinar series.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Lantz, Green by Nature EPR
  • Deanne Stephenson, Cascades Recovery
  • Frank Mainella, Smithrite

Moderated by Scott Cassel, PSI

Registration link:

Register through PSI. 

When: Thursday, October 27
2:00pm 3:30pm EST
Where: United States
Contact: Suzy Whalen
suzy@productstewardship.us
+1 617 236-8293
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