Posts Tagged ‘Product Stewardship Advisory Group’

GlobalPSC Facilitating National Battery Product Stewardship for Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:31 pm, August 13th, 2013Comments4

Global Product Stewardship Council CEO Russ Martin has been appointed as the independent chair of Australia’s Battery Implementation Working Group to help develop a national product stewardship approach for handheld batteries.

Russ’s appointment builds on earlier efforts on batteries, including facilitating initial stakeholder discussions and leading the development of the business and public policy case for battery stewardship (report available here) on behalf of the Victorian Government by GlobalPSC Foundation Members MS2.

Environment Ministers from Australia and New Zealand have agreed on the need to include end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint in the Standing Council on Environment and Water’s work plan.
The Australian Government has also identified handheld batteries as priority products potentially covered under Australia’s Product Stewardship Act. The GlobalPSC and several members serve on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group recommending products for consideration as priority products.

2013 WME Leaders List Recognises John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:42 pm, July 3rd, 2013Comments0

John Gertsakis, Chief Sustainability Officer of Global Product Stewardship Council Corporate Member Infoactiv, has been named as a ‘Resources and Waste Leader’ in the 2013 WME Leaders List. This acknowledgement resulted from over 100 nominations and more than 1500 public votes. The GlobalPSC is pleased to have supported John’s nomination and see this recognition as further proof of the emergence of product stewardship.

The WME Leaders List is an annual event focused on recognising individuals and their leadership qualities. It is judged by industry experts and the WME readership, and highlights outstanding individual achievements that advance sustainability.

There is movement across the Asia Pacific region for increased e-waste recycling of unwanted electrical and electronic products, including televisions, computers, printers, appliances and batteries. In Australia, the scale of the problem is significant with an estimated 106,000 tonnes of televisions and computers (16.8 million units) reaching end-of-life in recent years, and the numbers are growing. The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is leading the way with various industry organisations rolling out collection and recycling services across urban and regional areas.

John was involved from the outset in 2000 with early calls to establish a national approach to industry-funded e-waste recycling. Underpinned by relentless advocacy, his collaborative approach with government, industry and NGOs played a critical role in realising the Commonwealth Product Stewardship Act 2011.

As part of a specialist team at Infoactiv, John’s work on e-waste recycling is now expanding into new sectors, and is aimed at helping organisations minimise business risk and environmental harm from a hybrid of products and related waste such as laptops, appliances, batteries, commercial furniture and polystyrene.

Infoactiv’s Managing Director, Helen Jarman noted that:

“John’s knowledge, history and action on product sustainability is comprehensive, and spans over a decade of consulting to brands, OEMs, industry associations and governments in Australia and New Zealand. John’s WME accolade further accentuates the quality of commitment and expertise fostered at Infoactiv in pursuit of exceeding customer expectations.”

John’s commitment to ensuring long term solutions to e-waste recycling began in 1996 with Australia’s first comprehensive report on e-waste titled ‘Short Circuiting Waste from Electrical and Electronic Products’, published by RMIT University. He also advised the consumer electronics industry on the development of TV recycling in Australia.

John’s work on environmental stewardship has been further highlighted through his appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, where his experience is directly relevant to recommending new products and wastes that could be addressed under the Product Stewardship Act.

In response to the Leaders List accolade, John said that:

“Being a WME Resources and Waste Leader is a wonderful honour and I feel truly humbled. More importantly it keeps product stewardship and e-waste recycling on the agenda. It also demonstrates that our customers and their investment in product recovery results in broader social, economic and environmental benefit.”

Global Product Stewardship Council CEO Russ Martin, nominated by peers to the Leaders List in the same category and also serving on the Product Stewardship Advisory Group, supported John’s win, saying,

“I have had the good fortune to work closely with John over the years, and was honoured to be nominated in the same category. John has long been a leader in product stewardship and is truly deserving of this broader recognition. We benefit from having strong GlobalPSC members such as John and Infoactiv, and we look forward to their ongoing contributions in our field.”   

Australian Environment Ministers Take Action on Batteries and Paint

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:57 pm, April 11th, 2013Comments15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Ministers from Australia have agreed on the need to include end-of-life handheld batteries and waste paint in the Standing Council on Environment and Water’s (SCEW) work plan. In the communique announcing the decision, SCEW stated,

“More than 264 million handheld batteries reach the end of their useful life each year and the equivalent of 18,000 tonnes of paint require disposal each year. There could be significant environmental and community benefits to be gained from working with industry to find better management solutions for these products. Ministers asked officials to develop a work program and examine funding arrangements to progress these issues.”

The Global Product Stewardship Council and GlobalPSC members have been actively facilitating the development of product stewardship for both batteries and paint to help transition from government-funded takeback schemes to industry-led producer responsibility. In addition to running pilot projects, Government members Sustainability Victoria (SV) have been engaging industry players to develop practical approaches to product stewardship for the products.

Australian Battery Recycling Initiative (ABRI) Chief Executive Dr Helen Lewis supported the SCEW decision, telling the GlobalPSC,

“This decision represents a significant milestone in ABRI’s campaign to promote the development of sustainable recovery programs for used batteries. We look forward to working with environment ministers and other stakeholders to explore options to increase recycling of handheld batteries. We need to ensure that everyone involved in the production or consumption of batteries – from the manufacturer or importer through to the consumer – plays their part in ensuring that batteries are used and recovered in a sustainable way.”

In conjunction with SV and ABRI, the GlobalPSC facilitated initial stakeholder discussions, with an aim to developing a strategic plan to address domestic battery stewardship over the next three years. GlobalPSC Foundation members MS2 have also been incorporating GlobalPSC program expertise and data in developing the public policy and business case on handheld battery product stewardship for SV.

GlobalPSC member the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation (APMF) is collaborating with SV on an industry-led pilot program to collect trade waste data and to examine the most efficient and environmentally sound ways to collect and treat waste paint. The GlobalPSC is incorporating trial results in helping SV develop the public policy and business case for paint stewardship.

Richard Phillips, Executive Director of the APMF, also supported the decision by Environment Ministers and discussed plans for further research,

“The APMF supports the SCEW decision to include waste architectural and decorative paints in its work plan. A key element of our current Strategic Plan involves working with Governments on a future product stewardship scheme for waste architectural and decorative paint. When looking to the future, the APMF Council believes that a voluntary industry program has the potential to provide a cost effective and efficient product stewardship scheme for our sector. The current PaintCare trial program in Victoria also acknowledges that any future product stewardship program should also consider the issue of waste paint generated from the trade sector. Currently, there is no collection service in any state or territory for trade waste paint. The APMF also believes that further research is now warranted. Hence, we are funding a joint research project with Sustainability Victoria for Swinburne University of Technology to generate new research into better and more environmental friendly ways to address waste paint.”

John Polhill, Product Stewardship Specialist – Waste Strategy with SV, reinforced the importance of collaboration,

“The Victorian Government is committed to working with industry to effectively manage problematic products in accordance with Victorian and national waste policy. The work with ABRI and APMF demonstrates the success of industry-government partnerships thusfar.”

The GlobalPSC and several members have been appointed by the Australian Government to a Product Stewardship Advisory Group that provides independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act. The SCEW work plan operates in conjunction with the Product Stewardship Advisory Group to explore opportunities for management of priority products.

 

GlobalPSC 2012 Highlights and Holiday Greetings

Posted by GlobalPSC at 12:35 pm, December 21st, 2012Comments0

 

 

 

2012 was a pretty active year for the Global Product Stewardship Council. Some of the GlobalPSC’s 2012 highlights include:

MEMBERSHIP GROWTH

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  • Expanded our Knowledge Base and developed a new program database for GlobalPSC members
  • Expanded social media and networking opportunities including:
    • converted our website to WordPress to better share information
    • developed a newsletter with general articles as well as more detailed information for GlobalPSC members
    • created member profiles
    • an email distribution list of over 400 interested parties
    • discussions with over 670 members from 37 countries in a public forum on LinkedIn
    • increased presence through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and our home page

OUTREACH ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Appointment to the Australian Government’s Product Stewardship Advisory Group, to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act 2011
  • Provided the Council’s perspective through presentations and participation in events in China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
  • Started facilitating business case, public policy rationale and stakeholder engagement for paint and battery product stewardship initiatives for Sustainability Victoria
  • Facilitated and posted a video on the business case for Panasonic’s approach to product stewardship in Australia and internationally
  • Conducted a sustainable packaging breakfast series with the Sustainable Packaging Alliance

We’d like to thank everyone that’s made such an eventful 2012 possible, especially our members, speakers and attendees at GlobalPSC events.

We’d also like to extend our best wishes over the holidays and wish you a happy and prosperous 2013.

Strong GlobalPSC Representation on Australia’s New Product Stewardship Advisory Group

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:54 pm, December 6th, 2012Comments2

Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, today announced the establishment of a Product Stewardship Advisory Group to provide independent advice to the government on products that could be considered for attention under the Product Stewardship Act.

The group’s Chair and nine members have been appointed to three-year terms. Three of the members are active Global Product Stewardship Council members and active contributors to the GlobalPSC’s activities. These include:

Senator Farrell’s media release announcing the Product Stewardship Advisory Group and its composition is available here.

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