Posts Tagged ‘Packaging’

Building Roads with Plastic Bags and Glass

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:09 pm, August 3rd, 2018Comments0

 

 

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The GlobalPSC joined one of our Sustaining Corporate Members, Close the Loop, and other stakeholders for the launch of the first road in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, built from soft plastics and glass.

The road, in the Sutherland Shire, incorporated soft plastics (equal to 176,000 plastic bags), glass (equal to over 55,000 glass bottles), toner from almost 4,000 toner cartridges and 66 tonnes of asphalt from reclaimed roads.

Infrastructure service provider Downer notes that the road product, called Plastiphalt, is cost competitive and has a 65 per cent improvement in fatigue life, as well as increased resistance to deformation. These characteristics allow Plastiphalt roads to last longer and to better handle heavy vehicle traffic.

Nerida Mortlock, General Manager of Close the Loop Australia, noted, “Our close partnership with Downer, along with our collaborative partnerships with RedCycle and Plastic Police has allowed us to design, develop and manufacture sustainable products using problematic waste  streams. We are very pleased to see soft plastics used for the first time in a NSW road”.

 

Packaging EPR Regulation in Mozambique

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:29 pm, April 30th, 2018Comments0

Mozambique has introduced extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

All packaging is obligated under Mozambique’s Decree 79/2017, including commercial and domestic packaging and the packaging waste produced. The ​​Ministry for the Environment is responsible for drafting and disclosure of rules and procedures in the context of the production and import of packaging and packaging waste. The Ministry for Industry and Commerce is responsible for establishing rules and standards applicable to import and production of packaging. Furthermore, under the Regulation, the Ministry for Finance is responsible for the collection of fees and fines as well as the supervision of the rules applicable to packaging in the context of clearance goods.

Producers and importers of packaging and packaging waste are responsible for the management of packaging and packaging waste, pursuant to the Regulation and other applicable legislation; the payment of fees for the management of packaging and the return and recovery of packaging waste, whether directly or through organisations created for waste recovery.

Further detail is in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members via the Members Page. Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Lorax Compliance

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:02 am, January 3rd, 2018Comments0

 

 

Lorax Compliance Limited specialise in helping companies report to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Product Stewardship schemes across the world. They offer both reporting software and consultancy services which are designed to simplify the complex global reporting and management requirements.

Their award-winning cloud reporting software covers the traditional EU EPR schemes such as packaging, electronic products, tyres and batteries, as well as newer global regulations such as bottle deposits, textiles, hazardous waste (e.g. oils, pesticides, fertilizer, chemical substance volumes), large non-electronic consumer goods (e.g. mattresses, carpets, plastic products) and medical and health products. Alongside the scheme reporting modules, Lorax Compliance’s software offers data analytics giving companies complete transparency into their worldwide EPR and Stewardship costs. The team at Lorax Compliance have a passion for getting to the details behind EPR and Stewardship reporting. Through the software, the data behind the frequent submissions can be leveraged by clients to give valuable overviews of their products, markets and schemes. They can also create their own company KPIs such as Product to Packaging ratios or material reduction targets.

Reporting to EPR schemes varies dramatically across the world. Providing a software solution and centralizing knowledge to manage the different schemes, timetables, categories and fees can alleviate the pressure companies find themselves under to have specialist resources in each market. In addition, Lorax Compliance support software and non-software customers through regulatory support and legislation analysis and advice. This ranges from offering free legislation update webinars, publishing frequent blogs or engaging in bespoke consultancy projects where clients may have questions around their reporting obligations.

Contact Lorax Compliance here and sign up for regular EPR and Stewardship updates via their website.

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Corporate Member – Paintback

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:42 pm, December 8th, 2017Comments0

 

 

Paintback® is taking unwanted paint and packaging’s colourful past to a brighter future of responsible disposal and innovative reuse. As a voluntary product stewardship scheme that has operated in all States and Territories of Australia from day one, it is a world-first initiative designed to keep unwanted paint out of landfill and away from vital waterways.

Most importantly, Paintback is driven by the Australian paint industry – by the major companies that supply around 95% of all the architectural and decorative (A&D) paint sold in Australia. DuluxGroup, Haymes Paint, PPG, Resene and Valspar are the founding members.

These companies have collaborated with Commonwealth, State and Local governments to provide a nationally consistent collection service for households and commercial painters.  Paintback repurposes valuable materials into recycled packaging, alternative energy and industrial processes, and is funding research to find better uses for unwanted paint.

Established in 2016, Paintback has been recognised by the Australian Business Awards, Sustainability Category for 2017.

For more information, go to www.paintback.com.au.

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – PREP Design

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:23 am, November 29th, 2017Comments0

 

In 2014, the world’s first online packaging recyclability design guide was launched in Australia by GreenChip and Planet Ark.  In 2016, the tool was augmented to also reflect the New Zealand recycling industry. During 2017 work has commenced to adapt the tool to reflect the end of life fate of packaging disposed in the United Kingdom.

The Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal, or PREP, is used by brand owners and packaging designers to design more recyclable packaging and provide evidence to support accurate on-pack recyclability claims. Uniquely, the PREP advises the user why an item is not recyclable such as: it is too small to be captured by the Materials Recovery Facility; or the plastics are not compatible.

In Australia, the PREP underpins the Australasian Recycling Label launched by Planet Ark in 2015 and the plan is for the UK version of the tool to underpin the on-pack recycling label in the UK, launched by WRAP and OPRL UK in 2009.

In 2017, PREP Design Pty Ltd was founded by GreenChip, Planet Ark Environmental Foundation and Innovyz Waste & Recycling Technologies with a mission to expand the coverage of the PREP to other nations to provide a global, standardised assessment framework for consumer packaging.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:43 pm, October 30th, 2017Comments0

 

 

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd (APCO) is a co-regulatory approach to administering the Australian Packaging Covenant (the Covenant) – a document that sets out how governments and businesses share the responsibility for managing the environmental impacts of packaging in Australia

Organisations sign the Covenant to signal their commitment to:

  • Use resources wisely;
  • Send less packaging to landfill; and
  • Demonstrate industry leadership.

Being an APCO member is the most important indicator of commitment an Australian business can make in supporting positive environmental outcomes through sustainable packaging.

With over 900 members, APCO aims to ensure that companies work collectively with industry and government to achieve the common goals of establishing improved packaging recycling rates, more considered packaging design, sustainable material alternatives and minimising waste to landfill.

 

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.

 

Ed Cordner – Executive Member of GlobalPSC

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:00 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments3

Ed Cordner spent more than 20 years in the packaging and paper industries, including J.Gadsden, Associated Pulp & Paper Mills and ACI Glass (now Owens-Illinois). During this time he spent 6 years in South East Asia, gaining extensive national and international management experience through general management and sales & marketing roles.

He commenced as the inaugural CEO of the National Packaging Covenant in 2003. The Covenant is a unique, co-regulatory product stewardship agreement between the packaging supply chain and governments, aiming to reduce the environmental impacts of packaging.

In 2008 he successfully coordinated a review of the progress of the Covenant to inform the development of a future Covenant framework. As a result of this review the current Australian Packaging Covenant, incorporating the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines, came into effect in July 2010 and is Australia’s primary mechanism for dealing with used packaging.

Subsequently, Ed has undertaken various consultancies in the environmental management field including with the Metropolitan Waste Management Group, responsible for coordinating and facilitating the delivery of municipal solid waste management across metropolitan Melbourne.

Ed has a Bachelor of Science in zoology and biochemistry from LaTrobe University.

 

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.

 

Joachim Quoden – Executive Member of GlobalPSC Managing Director of EXPRA

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:00 pm, September 14th, 2017Comments0

Joachim Quoden has extensive experience in packaging waste management, dating from 1992 when he spent 4 months in the German Federal Ministry of Environment working on packaging issues including the German Packaging Ordinance. From 1993 to 2006, Joachim worked with Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD), where he was appointed head of International Affairs in 2001.

Between 2001 and 2013, he also became Secretary General and later Managing Director of PRO EUROPE, the umbrella organisation of 35 packaging recovery organisations. Since 2013, Joachim acts as Managing Director of EXPRA, a new alliance of 25 producer responsibility organizations (PROs) from currently more than 23 countries.

Besides the above, Joachim has been working since 1995 as independent lawyer in Germany specializing in international EPR legislation, chairperson of ISWA’s Governance & Legal working group, member of the OECD EPR expert group and has served as an expert in ISO global standardisation project SIS/TK 165/AG 10 Packaging and Environment.

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