Posts Tagged ‘#productstewardship’

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”.

 

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.

 

Approaching Deadline for EPR Reporting in Chile

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:28 pm, June 30th, 2018Comments0

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Under the provisions of the second transitory article of Law No 20,920, producers of certain priority products are obligation to report information to the Chilean Ministry of Environment. The submission date for products placed on the market last year is 31 August, under the Exempt Resolution No. 0409/2018 of the MMA.

The obligation applies to producers of the following products: lubricating oils, electrical and electronic devices, batteries (split by weight), packaging, tyres, and newspapers and magazines. You are considered a producer of a priority product if you sell one of the obligated products for the first time in the market; dispose of priority products acquired from a third party that is not the first distributor; or import priority products for your own professional use. Furthermore, in the case of packaging, a producer is the person who introduces the packaging or packaged consumer goods into the market.

Product Definition

Lubricating oil​

Liquid substance of mineral or synthetic base, formulated for reduced friction, to dissipate heat and facilitate movement between pieces. Applicable to machines and tools of all kinds, including domestic and individual. ​​

Electrical and electronic devices​

Electrical appliances and electronic apparatus that to function correctly need electrical power or electromagnetic fields, as well as the necessary devices to generate, transmit and measure such streams and fields. ​

Batteries (baterias)​

Any source of electrical energy obtained by direct energy transformation from chemicals and constituted b one or several elements, with a weight greater than 2 kg. ​

Packaging and packaged products​

Packaging and packaged products manufactured with any material and from any nature, in order to be used as containment or protecting, or to manipulate, facilitate delivery, to stock, transport or to improve the presentation of distant product, from raw materials to processed items. ​

Batteries (pilas)​

Any source of electrical energy obtained by direct transformation of chemical energy and consisting of one or more elements, not weighing more than 2 kg. ​

Newspapers and magazines

Diaries, newspapers and all printed publication that are published and distributed periodically, orientated to deliver news, to inform or to entertain. ​​

​The reports must be submitted through the Emissions Registry and Transfers of Pollutants website and should include the following information: quantity (in units, cubic metres or tons, whichever is appropriate) of priority products marketed in the country during 2017; collection activities such as recycling and disposal carried out in the same period, and its cost; Quantity (units, cubic meters or tons) of waste collected and recycled in said period; Indication that if the management for the activities of collection and recycling is carried out individually or in association with other producers.

Producers must also register on the Polluting Emissions and Transfer Registry and access the Extended Producer Responsibility (REP) platform, where they can make their declaration.

Analysis provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Members Lorax Compliance.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

International Stewardship Forum

Posted by GlobalPSC at 2:49 pm, February 15th, 2018Comments0

 

 

13 Featured International Speakers from 8 Countries and Active Globally 

Updated Preliminary Program Available

REGISTER HERE

Discounted rates for GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners 

 

Learn how to reduce supply chain and end of life impacts of products and substances from electronics and batteries, packaging, furniture and mattresses, sharps and unwanted medicines, agricultural and household chemicals, even child safety car seats.

Gain insights on Circular Economy, sustainability, recycling, product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) from global experts.

Corporate perspectives including HP, IKEA, Kimberly-Clark, Battery World and Eli Lilly and Company.

Non-profits and NGOs from the OECD to product recovery organisations.

Programs featured from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Learn from and network with global leaders in our field.

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

  • Peter Börkey, Principal Administrator – Environment Directorate of OECD
  • Mark Dempsey, UK Sustainability Manager for HP Inc.
  • Cheri Scholtz, Chief Executive Officer of PET Recycling Company (PETCO) (South Africa)
  • John Harris, fmr Global Product Stewardship Coordinator at Eli Lilly and Company (US and globally)
  • Pascal Leroy, Secretary General of WEEE Forum (Europe and globally)
  • Cynthia Dunn, Supervising Senior Environmental Scientist, EPR Unit of California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) (US)
  • Rodrigo Leiva Neumann, Gerente of Valoryza (Chile)
  • Laurence Bouret, Déléguée Générale of DASTRI (France)
  • Doug Woodring, Founder of Plasticity Forum and Ocean Recovery Alliance (Hong Kong and globally)
  • Michelle Carvell, Chief Operating Officer of Lorax Compliance Ltd (UK)
  • Chris van Rossem, Director, Technical Advisory Services of Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA)
  • Steve Claus, Business Developer & Advisory Manager of Green Crossroads (Africa, Europe, Latin America)
  • Andrea Chmielinski, Principal of Steward Wise (Canada)

We’ve also secured a strong contingent of Australian speakers. See the updated Preliminary Program, available here, for details.

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 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered. Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Registration covers participation in both days of the forum and a networking event the evening of 4 April.

Confirmed forum speakers, GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners are eligible for a discounted rate of A$750 (ex-GST and ticket fees). Full registrations are A$950 (ex-GST and ticket fees).

Registered attendees will receive details for an event app with program information, speaker bios and key downloads. Registered attendees will also receive details for a 20% discount off the book Product Stewardship in Action by Dr Helen Lewis. 

 

International Stewardship Forum – Last Week for Early Bird Rates

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:26 pm, February 9th, 2018Comments0

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Early Bird rates available to 16 February - Only one week left!

Discounted rates for GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners 

 

The Global Product Stewardship Council, supported by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, is staging an international forum on product stewardship to gain practical insights from product stewardship and extended producer responsibility programs across a broad range of products and substances.

The forum will help inform the Australian Government’s review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (Act) and comprise two days of presentations, panel discussions and Q&A on 4-5 April 2018 in Sydney featuring key international and Australian speakers, followed by one day of exclusive invitation-only modified Chatham House discussions.

Confirmed international speakers include:

 

 Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

The forum is designed to maximise engagement with stakeholders, both to broaden input to the review and to encourage greater involvement in product stewardship. Product stewardship approaches across the spectrum from purely voluntary approaches to regulatory frameworks will be considered. Presentations and discussions will be reflected in an Issues and Options Paper to help capture the extensive international expertise available.

The main venue for the forum is the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia.

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Registration covers participation in both days of the forum and a networking event the evening of 4 April.

An Early Bird rate of A$750 (ex-GST and ticket fees) is available for all registrations up to 16 February 2018. This rate is also available to confirmed forum speakers and to confirmed GlobalPSC members and OEH Sustainability Advantage partners. Full registrations are A$950 (ex-GST and ticket fees).

Registered attendees will receive details for an event app with program information, speaker bios and key downloads. Registered attendees will also receive details for a 20% discount off the book Product Stewardship in Action by Dr Helen Lewis. 

 

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