Posts Tagged ‘resource recovery’

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – TIC Mattress Recycling

Posted by GlobalPSC at 5:33 pm, June 2nd, 2016Comments0

TIC Mattress Recycling employs world’s best practice to provide sustainable end-of-life mattress recycling. TIC services local governments and mattress retailers to provide high levels of resource recovery.

The company commenced operations in 2013 and has built Australia’s first automated mattress deconstruction facility based on European technology that it has developed further and is now marketing globally.

TIC’s processes ensure maximum resource recovery and environmental controls while minimizing handling and exposure to safety risks.

The company is working closely with mattress manufacturers, retailers, local government and other stakeholders to develop a mattress product stewardship program for Australia. TIC is committed to working with others to establish a mattress stewardship program that shifts costs from local government, encourages innovation, increases resource recovery and is transparent and accountable.

In an industry that has been dogged by poor practices, low resource recovery and boom and bust cycles, TIC Mattress Recycling heralds a new era of advanced and sustainable mattress recycling.

TIC Mattress Recycling is part of the TIC Group. Further details can be found here.

 

GlobalPSC Member – WasteMINZ

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:48 am, August 20th, 2014Comments5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WasteMINZ is the largest representative body of the waste and resource recovery sector in New Zealand. Formed in 1989, it is a membership-based organisation with over 1,000 members – from small operators through to councils and large companies. WasteMINZ is the authoritative voice on waste and resource recovery in New Zealand and seeks to achieve ongoing and positive development of the industry through strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration, knowledge sharing and championing the implementation of best practice standards.

WasteMINZ works closely and collaboratively with industry partners, the Ministry for the Environment, other government agencies, and local government on advancing waste and resource recovery issues. They also gather feedback on topical issues and key areas of interest, which are incorporated into their continuing professional development programme which includes the WasteMINZ annual conference, workshops and seminars.

WasteMINZ also has relationships with a number of other similar international organisations and is New Zealand’s national member of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WasteMINZ

Twitter: @WasteMINZ

 

GlobalPSC Corporate Member – Close the Loop (CtL)

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:44 am, July 18th, 2014Comments5

Close the Loop (CtL) is an Australian-owned resource recovery and  recycling company. CtL has established a global reputation for providing creative end of life product management services.

Specialising in post consumer recycling (PCR), CtL provides its services to leading global manufacturers of consumer and business to business products.

In partnership with 13 major printer manufacturers, CtL has established a network of over 35,000 collection points around Australia. CtL also provides “end of  pipe” materials recovery solutions for battery and cosmetics manufacturers.

CtL is founded on a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ promise. End of life products are returned to the original manufacturer for re-use where possible. If not, CtL uses a range of patented processes to recover all the materials from those products. These materials may be reused in the manufacture of the products, or turned into a range of new innovative products.

More than just a recycling company, CtL is a materials recovery company, giving new life to valuable resources. CtL offers advice to  manufacturers in their design of new products with end of life disposal in mind – to improve reusability, to simplify recycling, and to maximise the value of recovered materials.

CtL was established in Australia in 2001 and in 2007 it set up collection and processing facilities in the US. CtL now employs over 200 people in these two countries.

Learn more about Close the Loop and their investment in R&D for recycled content products in the video below.

 

 

GlobalPSC Sustaining Government Member – Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:18 am, March 7th, 2014Comments9

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection 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 upgraded its GlobalPSC membership to become a Sustaining Government member.

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

 

Mobile Australia: A report into how we use and recycle our mobiles – MobileMuster Annual Report

Posted by GlobalPSC at 4:58 pm, December 10th, 2013Comments1

MobileMuster, the official product stewardship program of the Australian mobile phone industry, has released their  latest annual report titled Mobile Australia: A report into how we use and recycle our mobiles’.

 

The aim of this report is to provide a snapshot of mobile phone recycling attitudes and behaviours in Australia and how the industry is leading the effort to ensure responsibility is being taken for their products.

Increasing awareness of the MobileMuster is a continual focus for the program. MobileMuster works with retailers, local governments, schools, workplaces, resellers and other recycling programs to ensure that everyone in Australia can help us keep their old mobile phones and accessories out of landfill and recycling them in a safe, secure and ethical way.

Independent market research conducted by MobileMuster reveals that whilst the community awareness of mobile phone recycling has reached 83%, people’s desire to keep their old mobile phones, instead of recycling them, only dropped slightly from 40% to 37% of people that have two or more unused mobiles at home. As a result the estimated number of handsets in storage at home or work has grown from 22 million to 23 million. On the upside, the percentage of people throwing their mobiles away remained low at 3%.

The duration consumers are owning their mobile phone has increased, now being at its highest level with 25% of Australians owning their mobile for 2+ years. The research shows that it’s the non-smartphone users that are more likely to keep their mobile  phones for an extended period, 2 years or more.

Optisimising resource recovery and recycling materials properly is a high priority for MobileMuster.  MobileMuster’s recycling rate (recovered materials) has increased three points to 96%. It complies with the Australia and New Zealand Standard for the collection, storage, transport and treatment of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (AS/NZS 5377:2013) and has been independently assured by PwC. As a result, in 2012-13 the materials recovered replaced the need to mine at least 2,270 tonnes of precious metal ores (such as gold, silver and copper).

The program’s diversion rate from landfill has reached 99% in the last financial year, with more than 199 kgs of cadmium and 226 kgs of lead being diverted from landfill. MobileMuster has recovered over 5.78 tonnes of plastic, 58 kgs of precious metals, 1.27 tonnes of aluminium, 1.78 tonnes of steel, 4.26 tonnes of copper and over 0.54 tonne of cobalt as raw materials.

MobileMuster is a unique product stewardship program that brings manufacturers and carriers together in what is considered to be a world-class voluntary and not-for profit program.  It is managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of its members – Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Force Technology.

Members not only fund the program but continue to actively support MobileMuster in-kind by promoting the program to their customers and staff online, through sales material and retail outlets.

Currently, there are over 4,000 drop-off points around Australia for consumers to recycle their old mobile phone, battery and accessories, alongside a free post back recycling satchel available from any Australia Post or a reply-paid downloadable label online at mobilemuster.com.au.  The program also offers free collection and recycling services to workplaces, schools, universities and other businesses

AMTA measures the performance of MobileMuster against nine key indicators measuring changes in consumer behaviour, industry involvement, collection and recycling rates and diversion from landfill. The full report and media release can be viewed online.

Content provided by Rose Read, Recycling Manager for MobileMuster and Treasurer for the Global Product Stewardship Council. MobileMuster is a founding corporate member of the GlobalPSC.

GlobalPSC Member – Sustainable Resource Use

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:40 am, August 29th, 2013Comments2

Sustainable Resource Use (SRU) is an Australian environmental consultancy company trying to contribute to a more sustainable world.

Their work reduces the impact of material consumption, and leads to improved resource use efficiency and greater resource recovery.

A consistent feature of SRU’s work is identifying, measuring and describing the available options for reducing the environmental impacts of consumption. These options may range from changes to systems or products, right through to behaviour change by consumers. Areas of work include:

  • Environmental policy and strategy development.
  • Mapping resource flows, with associated data collection and research.
  • Environmental impact of policy and investment decisions.
  • Advice on issues and strategies relating to all aspects of the resource use hierarchy.
  • Product stewardship guidance and advice.
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) and material flow analysis (MFA) studies.
  • Resource efficiency / cleaner production assessments and advice.

SRU is a team with strong capabilities in core areas of expertise. They have also developed wide collaborative networks with partners in other disciplines, and often work with these partners to structure multi-disciplinary teams to meet the specific requirements of projects. Visit SRU’s website.

Product Stewardship Goes Mainstream Through Effective Leadership

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:23 pm, April 22nd, 2013Comments1

 

 

 

As further proof that product stewardship and producer responsibility are making serious inroads into traditional waste management, recycling and resource issues, two product stewardship experts in Australia have made the cut for the top five nominees in the Resources & Waste category of the 2013 WME magazine Leaders List Awards. GlobalPSC President Russ Martin and Chief Sustainability Officer of Infoactiv John Gertsakis have worked for decades to advance product stewardship, so it’s great to see such recognition for their hard work.

Both Russ and John see the commercial and environmental value of effective product stewardship working across diverse product categories and industry sectors, from batteries and e-waste through to paint, commercial furniture and various other manufactured goods. Most importantly, they recognise that life cycle thinking and design innovation are essential elements in achieving a more coherent and sustainable approach to product stewardship.

Help promote product stewardship by going to the WME home page and click on the top left banner to vote for either Russ or John in the Resources & Waste category.

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 Member Profile – Zero Waste SA

Posted by GlobalPSC at 9:15 am, November 21st, 2012Comments2

Zero Waste SA has become the latest Government Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council.

 

Zero Waste SA was established in 2004 and promotes practices that advance the development of resource recovery and recycling and, as far as possible, eliminate waste or its consignment to landfill.

Through collaboration, advocacy, financial incentives and education, Zero Waste SA is working to meet the target in South Australia’s Strategic Plan to reduce waste by 35% by 2020 and achieve the milestone of 25% by 2014.

Zero Waste SA’s  first five year strategy helped to reduce waste from 2002-03 levels by 17.3% and reinvested $60 million of levy funds into recycling and waste reduction projects targeting local government, industry, business, schools, community groups and the tertiary sector.

South Australia’s Waste Strategy 2011–2015 has two key objectives:

  • maximising the useful life of materials through reuse and recycling
  • avoiding and reducing waste.

The Waste Strategy for 2011-2015 maintains the original vision but focuses on new challenges. These include:  avoiding waste; taking a more considered approach toward resource consumption; and addressing the more difficult wastes such as food scraps, electronic waste (e-waste) and contaminated soils.

For more information visit www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au.

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