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International Stewardship Forum Outcomes

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:19 pm, June 30th, 2018Comments0

 

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Highlights from the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum, including recommendations to the Australian Government for improvements to the Product Stewardship Act 2011, are now available in the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper.

The International Stewardship Forum was held in Sydney from 4-6 April 2018. With over 130 participants and 13 international speakers, the Forum provided a unique opportunity for participants to gather practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The Forum was designed to maximise discussion and interaction between local and international representatives. It involved:

  • two days of presentations and panel discussions.
  • a final day of discussions with select stakeholders to reflect upon the Forum presentations, identify key insights, and help map out a way forward for product stewardship in Australia. These discussions followed a modified Chatham House Rule to encourage openness and information sharing.

The Forum was designed and structured to help inform the Australian Government’s 2018 review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act).

The paper provides an overview of some of the issues, ideas and solutions that were raised by participants over the three days. It is structured in two sections:

  • high level insights into the design and implementation of effective product stewardship policies and programs
  • the implications of these insights for Australian policy, including the current review of the Act.

Download the Forum’s Issues and Options Paper here.

 

Australian Senate Recommends Stronger Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:54 pm, June 30th, 2018Comments0

 

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An Australian Senate inquiry into waste and recycling has recommended shifting from Australia’s traditional preference for voluntary product stewardship to greater introduction of mandatory schemes.

The inquiry’s final report contained a number of recommendations specific to product stewardship, including:

  • prioritising the establishment of a circular economy.
  • a national container deposit scheme.
  • making Australia’s product stewardship schemes under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 mandatory.
  • mandatory schemes for tyres, mattresses, e-waste and photovoltaic panels.
  • re-establishment of the Product Stewardship Advisory Group.
  • a phase-out of petroleum-based single-use plastics by 2023.
In accordance with an original intent of extended producer responsibility, the inquiry recommended “that the Australian Government extend producer responsibility under product stewardship schemes to ensure better environmental and social outcomes through improved design”.

Some of the related measures recommended by the inquiry include:

  • strengthening various aspects of the National Waste Report.
  • targets for recycled content.
  • promotion of sustainable procurement policies.
  • reaffirmation of the waste hierarchy, with waste reduction and recycling prioritised over energy from waste.

Plastic pollution, particularly plastics in marine environments, are also highlighted in the inquiry, with recommendations including establishment of a Plastics Co-Operative Research Centre to lead Australia’s research efforts into reducing plastic waste and a recommitment to recommendations of an earlier Senate inquiry into the threat of marine plastic pollution in Australia.

Participants in the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum contributed to the inquiry and various recommendations from the Forum are reflected in the final report and recommendations.

 

Modulated Fees in EPR

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:06 am, June 30th, 2018Comments0

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for the Environment in the UK, Michael Gove, announced a reform of the current Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system based on a consultation taking place later this year. Following this, there has been a lot of talk about modulated fees, which are already in place in the French and Italian packaging compliance schemes, CONAI and Citeo. Modulated fees are those which vary with the eco-design of the packaging, for example, a lower fee is charged for plastic that is easily recyclable and a higher fee is charged for plastic that is not widely recyclable.

In a recent conference, Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environment Audit Committee, spoke about the reform of the PRN system and how she thought producers should be charged modulated fees. Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP, agreed producers should be rewarded for good eco-design and such products should be readily available to consumers. Representing the industries point of view, Susanne Baker, Head of environment and compliance at techUK said the company welcomes the PRN reform and they’re expecting modulated fees to be a game changer.

Following his announcement, Mr Gove received advice from three bodies: the Advisory Committee on Packaging; packaging group INCPEN; and resource charity WRAP concerning the reform. The bodies suggested that producers should design packaging to be more recyclable. In addition, there should be an approved list defining what is and what is not deemed to be recyclable.

In Italy, modulated fees are already in place in the packaging compliance scheme, CONAI. In this system, plastic packaging is split into bands based on how easy it is to recycle and which waste stream it ends up in. All other materials currently remain the same and are not yet split into bands. The plastic packaging contribution diversification is split into three criteria: recyclable packaging selectable by circuit commerce and industry; recyclable packaging selectable from home circuit; packaging not selectable/ recyclable according to current technologies.

In France, the packaging compliance scheme Citeo uses modulated fees through a penalties and bonuses system.

The bonuses include:

  • Awareness bonuses on-pack, ranging from 5-8%
  • Awareness bonuses off-pack of 8% or 4%
  • 8% bonus for reductions in weight, etc. and improvement of recyclability
  • 12% bonus for plastic packaging that is included in the national sorting instructions
  • 8% bonus for rigid plastic packaging that can join an existing recycling channel

 The penalties include:

  • 100% penalty for packaging in the national sorting instruction but without an existing recycling channel
  • 50% penalty for PET packaging with mineral pacifiers
  • 10% penalty for packaging containing mineral oils

Through systems such as those in place in France and Italy, producers are incentivised to place packaging on the market that is easier to reuse and recycle. Recycling labels can often be unclear and confusing to consumers hence choosing the product with ‘better’ packaging is not always simple. Through modulated fees there is an opportunity to remove the choice from consumers and only provide packaging that is reusable or easily recyclable.

Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

Implementation of 2018 Open Scope WEEE

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:16 pm, April 30th, 2018Comments0

 

 

The EU WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU) introduced a number of changes to the original Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC), including an “Open Scope” of 6 revised categories instead of the previous 10, which according to the Directive are to be introduced from 15 August 2018. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, which was made an EU law in February 2003, was instituted to set collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods. The Directive sets the foundations for the creation of collection/compliance schemes. The aim of the schemes is to ensure waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is collected and reused or recycled.

The six new categories to be introduced are:

1. Temperature exchange equipment: fridges, freezers, air conditioning, etc.

2. Screens, monitors, and equipment containing screens having a surface greater than 100 cm2: TVs, computer monitors, etc.

3. Lamps

4. Large equipment (any external dimension more than 50cm): washing machines, dish washers, cookers, luminaires, large printers, copying equipment in general, etc.

5. Small equipment (no external dimension more than 50cm): vacuum cleaners, calculators, video cameras, cameras, hifi equipment, watches and clocks, smoke detectors, payment systems, etc.

6. Small IT and telecommunication equipment (no external dimension more than 50 cm): mobile phones, tablets, routers, laptops, GPS, printers, etc.

Although the revised scope comes into effect in August this year, Member States and compliance schemes have reported a range of implementation dates for the Open Scope categories. For example, the Finish WEEE scheme, Elker Oy, has introduced the new categories starting 1 January this year. The scheme said in a press release that all the subcategories previously in use will be found in one of the new six categories. Also, B2B and B2C equipment will be placed in new equipment categories. B2C categories are covered by all those listed above and the B2B equipment is under categories 1, 4 and 5 of the new open scope.

On the other end of the scale, Recupel, the Belgium WEEE scheme, release annually their new categories and fees which are valid from 1 July each year. This year and next there is no difference, hence the Open Scope categories have not been introduced from 1 July this year. The scheme has confirmed with us that as usual, there will be no further fee or category changes until 1 July 2019, almost a year after implementation of the 2018 WEEE Open Scope categories.

In the UK, the 2013 WEEE Regulations fully transposed the requirements of the EU WEEE Directive, therefore will include changing the UK’s 14 categories to 6, which according to DEFRA will be from 1 January 2019.  Defra opened a consultation on the ‘open scope’ as they wanted to hear people’s view on 2013 WEEE Regulations, specifically whether they improved the environment as a proportionate cost to business. The consultation proposed three options for the implementation of the Open Scope:

Option 1

The first option involves making no amendments and hence allowing the WEEE Regulations to take effect, with the requirement to categorise and report in 6 revised categories from 1 January 2019. The new categories would be: 1 Temperature Exchange Equipment; 2 Screens, Monitors & Equipment Containing Screens Surface are >100 cm2; 3 Lamps; 4 Large Equipment Any External Dimension > 50 cm; and 6 Small IT & Telecom No External Dimension > 50 cm. This would require changes to how producers and Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) report. Furthermore, there would be a significant redistribution of costs, with some producers paying significantly more and others making savings.

​Option 2

The second option involves making amendments to the 2013 WEEE Regulations to retain the UK’s current 14 categories and to allocate any EEE previously out of scope to one of the existing categories. This would avoid redistribution of costs and is the government’s preferred option.

Option 3

The final option would adopt the 6 revised categories but introduce 3 subcategories in order to reduce the change in costs to producers. This would mean that more costly or hazardous WEEE treatment is fairly allocated to producers who place it on the market as they would have to report in the relevant subcategories. Hence increased costs will be imposed on some producers, and savings for others as well as changes to the reporting system for both producers and AATFs. Two subcategories would come under ‘Temperature Exchange Equipment’ which would be: 1 Those containing refrigerant and 2 Those not containing refrigerant. A further three subcategories would come under ‘Large Equipment Any External Dimension > 50 cm’ which would be: 5 PV, 6 Large household equipment (LDA) and 7 All other.

An announcement on changes to the UK WEEE scoping is expected in May. ​​​

Elsewhere, the new Open Scope categories are planned to be implemented on 15 August this year in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania. Along with the UK, the revised Directive will be implemented on 1 January 2019 in Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

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.

 

Consultation on Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:30 am, March 26th, 2018Comments0

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Australia’s Department of the Environment and Energy is reviewing the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and is releasing a consultation paper (click here for an advance copy) to help inform the review.

In addition to releasing the consultation paper, the Department is supporting the GlobalPSC’s International Stewardship Forum 4-5 April in Sydney. As part of delivering the Forum, the GlobalPSC is reflecting the Forum’s sessions and exclusive, invitation-only Chatham House discussions in an Issues and Options Paper that will help inform the Department’s review. Register now to be part of the debate and to help inform your own input into the future of product stewardship in Australia and changes to Australia’s product stewardship framework.

The Department will hold public consultation forums in all state and territory capitals during May and June 2018, and the call for written submissions will close on 29 June. Information on the dates and venues for these forums will be published on the Department’s website as they become available.

The Department commissioned an independent evaluation of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme in 2017. The evaluation report will be available on the Department’s website this week.

The Department is also making minor amendments to the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011, to update settings relating to the estimation of weights of products imported and entering the waste stream each year.

Download the Consultation Paper here.

Register here for the International Stewardship Forum.

 

 

 

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Agsafe

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:01 am, February 8th, 2018Comments0

 

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Agsafe is an industry-led non-profit organisation committed to agricultural product stewardship.

Agsafe’s training, accreditation and waste management programs support safe handling, storage, transportation and disposal of farm chemicals, to ensure the safety of products at each stage of the chemical lifecycle.

By collecting empty farm chemical containers for recycling, drumMUSTER has diverted more than 31 million drums from landfill since 1999.  The drums are used to manufacture construction materials, garden and landscaping products, pipes and fencing.

ChemClear aids land owners in ethical disposal of agricultural and veterinary chemicals by collecting unwanted and obsolete products for environmentally sound disposal, keeping land and waterways clear of waste.

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Government Member – Queensland Department of Environment and Science

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:31 pm, January 9th, 2018Comments0

The Department of Environment and Science administers the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011, which provides a framework for waste management and resource recovery in Queensland, Australia. Among other things, the Act provides for the development of product stewardship schemes for products of priority for Queensland. The Department also supports national product stewardship initiatives and provides the Secretariat support for the current program of work on the development of a handheld battery product stewardship scheme. More information on Queensland’s waste management and resource recovery agenda and legislation can be found here.

In June 2014, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (now Environment and Science) upgraded its GlobalPSC membership to become a Sustaining Government member.

The Department’s Director-Waste Policy and Legislation, Kylie Hughes, serves as a member of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group and Executive Committee.

 

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.

 

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:30 pm, December 5th, 2017Comments0

The Global Product Stewardship Council is holding its Annual General Meeting via webconference at 0700 Australian Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, 12 December 2017. Due to time zone differences, this equates to the following:

  • 2100 on Monday, 11 December in Brussels
  • 1700 on Monday, 11 December in Santiago
  • 1500 on Monday, 11 December in Boston, Cincinnati and Toronto
  • 1400 on Monday, 11 December in Minneapolis
  • 1200 on Monday, 11 December in Vancouver

Email admin@globalpsc.net to register for participation in the AGM. While multiple representatives of member organisations are welcome to participate in the AGM, each organisation is entitled to one vote only. Participation details will be emailed to you once registered.

Items to be addressed during the AGM include:

  • Report on GlobalPSC activities during the last preceding financial year
  • Member feedback / Q&A on GlobalPSC member services
  • Financial statement
  • Election of office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

 

Call for Office-holders and other Executive Committee Positions

In accordance with the Rules of the Global Product Stewardship Council, nominations for office-holders and other Executive Committee positions are now open. Only paid-up full GlobalPSC members may nominate a candidate, or be nominated as a candidate.

The term of office of all currently elected GlobalPSC officers and Executive Committee members will expire at the conclusion of the AGM.  Nominations are called for the following positions, to be in effect for one year:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

The Executive Committee currently comprises Russ MartinKylie Hughes, Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Joachim Quoden, Tom Ogonek, Chris van RossemScott CasselGarth Hickle and Ed Cordner. All Executive Committee members have opted to run for re-election, as allowed under GlobalPSC Rules.

Nominations for office-holders and committee members must be made in writing, signed by 2 members of the GlobalPSC and accompanied by the written consent of the candidate. Candidates will be required to provide a recent high-resolution digital photograph and a statement of no more than 100 words in support of their candidature.

Nominations should be emailed to russ@globalpsc.net by 9 December 2017.

 

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