Posts Tagged ‘Vinyl Council of Australia’

NSW Product Stewardship Cluster Workshop 1 Summary

Posted by GlobalPSC at 11:00 am, March 2nd, 2017Comments0

The New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is funding a series of half-day workshops to promote product stewardship and to explore collaborative product stewardship and circular economy projects. The GlobalPSC and a number of our members were invited to participate in the discussions.

The first workshop on 10 February 2017 involved representatives from 15 product stewardship organisations (PSOs), OEH, NSW EPA, Sustainability Victoria and the GlobalPSC. Other GlobalPSC members participating include the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage ProtectionClose the Loop, TechCollect, the Australian Packaging Covenant, the Vinyl Council of Australia and Helen Lewis Research.

This was the first time that so many PSOs had met formally to discuss opportunities for collaboration. They represented companies involved in the collection, recycling and program delivery of diverse products and materials including e-waste, mattresses, agricultural chemicals, packaging, plastics, paint, tyres and batteries.

The group identified a diverse range of common issues and potential areas of collaboration.

Results of Workshop 1 are provided in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members via login on our Members page.

 

Guest Blog – Promoting the Business Case for Product Stewardship

Posted by GlobalPSC at 1:17 pm, December 7th, 2016Comments0

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The Global Product Stewardship Council periodically invites thought leaders on product stewardship and producer responsibility to contribute guest blogs. Our guest blogger for this post is Dr Helen Lewis, Principal of Helen Lewis Research and author of Product Stewardship in Action.

 

Product stewardship is often promoted as an environmental strategy for companies, or as an effective public policy solution to the costs of waste and recycling.

During my research and in-depth discussions with industry practitioners over the past few years, the broader benefits and value of product stewardship to business have become clear. Companies that understand the environmental and social impacts of their products; engage with stakeholders through genuine and open dialogue; and then implement appropriate strategies; can create shared value for themselves and their stakeholders. This applies whether the company is taking individual action or collaborating with industry peers.

Product stewardship in action: the business case for lifecycle thinking (Greenleaf UK) builds on my own experiences in eco-design, recycling and product stewardship. It would not have been possible, however, without the generosity of those I interviewed. Russ Martin, CEO of the GlobalPSC, supported this project from the beginning, provided useful information and insights, and connected me to local and international practitioners.

GlobalPSC members feature in some of the detailed case studies, including Call2Recycle (batteries and mobile phones), Vinyl Council of Australia (PVC packaging, medical products, flooring etc.), TechCollect (TVs and computers) and Close the Loop (printer cartridges). Other members, such as the Product Stewardship Institute, Product Stewardship Society, Dell, CalRecycle, Australian Packaging Covenant, Perchards Limited and PETCO, are also included as either mini-case studies or interviews.

My heartfelt thanks to all of the people who contributed their time, knowledge and insights to the project. GlobalPSC members can purchase the book at a 30% discount – please email Russ Martin for details.

 

PVC Resource Summit 2015

Posted by GlobalPSC at 3:26 pm, August 12th, 2015Comments0

The Vinyl Council of Australia is convening an interactive Resource Summit to form alliances and plans for PVC recovery and recycling.

The summit will:

  • explore opportunities to access and source PVC for cost-effective input into new products
  • identify products, markets and challenges and form strategies for the future
  • combine expertise and networks to accelerate recovery and recycling in Australia

Key facts include:

  • in 2014 PVC use in Australia reached 190,000 tonnes for windows, flooring, medical, packaging and other areas
  • 85% of PVC is used in durable applications, particularly building products
  • there is an estimated 67,000 tonnes per annum of PVC waste to recycle in Australia
  • currently about 10-15% of this waste is diverted from landfill for recycling

Program and registration details are available here.

 

PVC Stewardship Program 2014 Results

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:40 am, June 18th, 2015Comments1

PVCSshipVertLogoColGradCMYK0615The PVC Product Stewardship Program is a voluntary initiative  launched by the Vinyl Council of Australia in 2002. The 2014 Annual Report recently released for the Program shows increased commitment from signatories and a 50 percent increase in the number of companies in the Australian vinyl industry reporting actions to improve energy efficiencies on site, monitoring carbon emission or setting targets to reduce energy consumption.

The Program aims to improve the sustainability of vinyl, or PVC, products by delivering change across the life cycle of PVC. Signatories include local manufacturers and importers of a wide range of products – pipes, conduit, cable, flooring, windows, building profiles, flexible packaging, fabrics and medical products – as well as suppliers of raw materials and intermediates.

The Program is structured around five specific aspects of the life cycle of PVC products: best practice manufacturing, safe and sustainable use of additives, energy and greenhouse gas management, resource efficiency, and transparency and engagement.

According to the report, more than two thirds of signatory companies are now complying with the industry’s ‘Energy Efficiency & Greenhouse Gas Charter’. The Charter, introduced into the industry’s long-running PVC Stewardship Program three years ago, formally commits businesses to improve energy efficiency at the warehouse, distribution and manufacturing level, and to reduce the carbon footprint of their operations, and ultimately, their products.

 

GlobalPSC Forms Advisory Group on Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility

Posted by GlobalPSC at 8:02 pm, July 31st, 2014Comments9

GlobalPSC_Advisory_Group_0714At the Global Product Stewardship Council, we take pride in the breadth and depth of experience represented by our members and our extensive global network of those in the know. We regularly seek information and advice from a diverse range of experts across varying product types, regulatory perspectives and program experience. It therefore gives us great pleasure to announce the founding members of the GlobalPSC Advisory Group spanning Europe, Africa, North America and the Asia Pacific:

Brief profiles for GlobalPSC Advisory Group members are provided here.

The GlobalPSC will regularly canvass information and views from the Advisory Group, as we did recently in preparing  submissions to governments on proposed changes to product stewardship and extended producer responsibility frameworks in Nova Scotia and New Zealand. We greatly appreciate their contributions to the continued growth of the GlobalPSC and look forward to working with them in the years to come.

PVC Product Stewardship Program 2013 Results

Posted by GlobalPSC at 10:53 am, June 17th, 2014Comments1

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The Vinyl Council of Australia has launched the latest annual report for the Australian PVC industry members’ progress in meeting their voluntary Product Stewardship Program commitments across the PVC value chain in 2013.

The 2013 report highlights a significant increase in compliance with the Product Stewardship Program’s manufacturing commitments.

“These commitments relate to the very start of the supply chain, activity which largely takes place overseas”, explained Ms Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia. “Collecting the relevant information from upstream suppliers can be a real challenge for Australian-based companies at the end of the supply chain”.

One of the Program’s measures of success is for 80 percent of Signatories to achieve compliance with at least 80 percent of relevant commitments in the Program. 2013 has seen significant progress against this milestone, with a 19 percent jump from 2012 in the number of Signatories reaching or exceeding the target. Almost two-thirds of the Program’s Signatories met or surpassed the 80 percent target, with eight Signatories achieving full compliance.

To recognise their efforts, the past year has also seen the introduction of an award for Product Stewardship Program Excellence given to those Signatories that achieve full compliance against the Program’s commitments.

2013 saw the official launch of the PVC Recovery in Hospitals program, an initiative aimed at diverting high quality, recyclable PVC medical product waste towards recycling solutions. The Program is proving to be of much interest in the sector, with 19 healthcare facilities signed on and an estimated 13 tonnes – or 91 cubic metres – of waste diverted during its first year of implementation.

“Interest is growing within the healthcare industry in Australia, and the Program has attracted interest from a number of countries around the globe”, commented Ms MacMillan. “We are very proud to have started this initiative and to be inspiring others to develop similar programs.”

One recommendation of a recent five-year review was to strengthen commitments around waste reduction and management. As a result, new recycling measures and targets for the PVC sector will become part of the Product Stewardship Program in 2014.

Vinyl Council Product Stewardship Program Review

Posted by GlobalPSC at 6:59 am, February 26th, 2014Comments2

The Vinyl Council of Australia, with input from stakeholders, has undertaken a second five year review of the Product Stewardship Program to evaluate the Program’s effectiveness, focusing on the past five years 2007-2012.

The review identifies future challenges for product stewardship in the PVC industry and proposes recommendations for ongoing Program development.

The review has found that Signatories have made effective and measurable progress over the past five years in implementing the Product Stewardship Program. A number of milestones have been achieved, despite the make-up of the Signatory base changing in that period, with a larger proportion of businesses importing PVC products, and more small businesses participating.

The progress made by Signatories against the commitments of the Program provides a strong foundation for the future. Nevertheless, the Vinyl Council and industry participants recognise that this is a journey and both the Program and the industry need to evolve to meet current and future challenges. A number of recommendations have been determined from the review, with the intention of updating and strengthening the Program to ensure it delivers effective improvements in an open and transparent way.

The Program will remain a relevant mechanism for the achievement of the industry’s sustainability goals. Download the report here.

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.

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Vinyl Council of Australia

Posted by GlobalPSC at 7:24 pm, November 26th, 2012Comments13

The Vinyl Council of Australia was established in 1998 to advance the sustainability of the vinyl or PVC industry in Australia. Members are drawn from across the supply chain, representing a wide range of products.

In 2002 the Vinyl Council launched a Product Stewardship Program for the industry.

This voluntary initiative sets out a series of commitments for Signatories along the vinyl supply chain to address the environmental and health aspects associated with the life-cycle of PVC.  Over 35 Signatories are currently committed to actions in areas including manufacturing emissions, safe use of additives, and end-of-life management.

During ten years of operation the Program has resulted in improvements through reduced emissions, phasing out of lead and cadmium additives, waste management activities and adoption of life-cycle thinking in new product development.  Stakeholder feedback, annual reporting and expert scientific and technical research help to maintain the Program’s relevance and effectiveness.

Chief Executive Sophi MacMillan serves on the GlobalPSC Advisory Group.

 

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