Whistler, British Columbia – The Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) has appointed Russ Martin as Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. During the opening session of the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Zero Waste Conference, Russ also announced Neil Hastie as the new President.
Russ has over 20 years experience in product stewardship, public policy and sustainability in the US, Australia and Middle East. This includes roles in government and as an advisor to governments and industry. He is Director of consultancy MS2 and is a GlobalPSC founder in addition to serving as President for the first three years of the GlobalPSC’s existence.
“We’ve grown the GlobalPSC to over 40 members in 11 countries and put in place a variety of resources to add value to our members, in addition to influencing development of product stewardship across a range of products. I’m pleased to have this opportunity to continue building the GlobalPSC and expanding our network to best learn from the lessons of product stewardship and producer responsibility programs internationally. Neil has been integral to our efforts and his experience with running a leading recovery program is invaluable.” Russ said.
Neil is President and CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada) with over 15 years experience running extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs in British Columbia, Canada. He previously held a variety of general management positions in retailers across the country.
“There is an increasing commitment to corporate sustainability for organizations based in North America and operating globally. Producer responsibility can be one of the pillars in a successful sustainability strategy. Evaluating and tracking national and global trends in the performance and costs for voluntary, co-regulatory and regulated systems is an imperative for robust enterprise risk management. The GlobalPSC assists its members in this analysis. I am enthused by the opportunity to intensify my contribution to the Council and to assist in enhancing value for our current and increasing base of business, government and NGO members.” said Neil.
This year MobileMuster is also celebrating 15 years since its inception. Since late 1998 the mobile phone industry has collected and recycled more than 1,000 tonnes of old mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories – keeping them out of landfill.
This infographic provides a snapshot of the industry’s recycling achievements over the last 15 years.
Recycling materials properly is a high priority. MobileMuster’s recovery rate of 93% now complies with the new 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 2011-12 the materials recovered replaced the need to mine at least 1,165 tonnes of precious metal ores for gold, silver and copper as well as iron ore, aluminium and other metals.
None of the mobiles or accessories received by MobileMuster are sold overseas for reuse where potentially they could end up in landfills or processed in unethical and unsafe ways causing environmental harm and risk to human health. All data is destroyed during the recycling process.
The mobile phone industry works with retailers, local governments, schools, workplaces and the Australian community to ensure everyone can recycle their old mobile safely and easily. Click here to learn more about The MobileMuster Promise.
To learn more about the program or how you can be involved MobileMuster visit www.mobilemuster.com.au or call 1300 730 070.
MobileMuster is a Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Recycling Manager Rose Read is Treasurer of the GlobalPSC.
Expand your knowledge base. Get inside information on product stewardship and producer responsibility programs and policies to improve performance, reduce risks and reduce costs. Click here to find out more.
The GlobalPSC is an independent, non-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship. GlobalPSC members include businesses of all sizes, NGOs and governments at federal, state/provincial and local levels.
As a membership-based organisation providing an online clearinghouse of independent, objective information on product stewardship, the GlobalPSC does not advocate for or against particular approaches. Rather, we help stakeholders to understand the objectives, strengths and weaknesses of various programs based on independent, peer-reviewed analysis and sharing information on emerging initiatives through an international network of product stewardship practitioners.
Conference, exhibition and plant tours organized by World Recycling Forum
The next top quality conference in electronics recycling will take place from November 12 – 15, 2013 in exciting Singapore.
During the conference, leading recycling experts from around the world – including manufacturers, collectors, processors, steelmakers, legislators and policy makers – will meet to discuss:
- Circular economy in Asia
- How do countries and electronics manufacturing companies close the recycling loop?
- Worldwide take back schemes and challenges of OEMs
- Reports about strategic metals recycling (PGM, rare earth elements)
- Best available recycling technologies
- Metal and scrap trading
- How to recycle lamps and other mercury containing scraps
An exhibition area is integrated into the conference facility, where vendors meet their clients. Furthermore, cocktail receptions and networking dinner offer an excellent atmosphere to get in touch with your business partners, friends and competitors.
The conference is a platform to exchange information, to meet new business partners and to get easy access to new potential clients.
- Asia’s power has strong impact on the international recycling business
- Learn from the speakers and exhibitors of the conference
- Plant tours: You will have the chance visiting manufacturing and recycling companies in Singapore
- Meet your clients and sell your services and products
- Get in touch with the players and also the new upcoming companies of Asia
Shifting the Burden of Recycling: Yale Journal Explores the State of Extended Producer Responsibility
This strategy, known as extended producer responsibility (EPR), is the subject of a new special feature in Yale University’s Journal of Industrial Ecology. The special feature examines the use of EPR across diverse scales-from countries to provinces and states-and investigates work underway in the U.S., the European Union, Canada, China, Brazil and the State of Washington. The application of EPR to e-waste is a particular focus of the research in the special feature.
The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
Articles in the special feature are freely downloadable for a limited time here.
Partial support for this special feature was provided by Nestle Waters North America with additional funding from Reverse Logistics Group Americas LLC.
In April 2013 DHL Supply Chain, an approved co-regulatory arrangement under Australia’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (Scheme), operator of the Drop Zone program and Global Product Stewardship Council Sustaining Corporate member, held a workshop in Sydney for liable parties under the Scheme. DHL is holding a similar workshop early May in Melbourne.
As part of our ongoing efforts to draw meaningful lessons from international experience, the GlobalPSC is conducting further research into comparing recycling rates and costs of recycling between product stewardship and EPR programs. DHL invited the GlobalPSC’s Russ Martin to preview the GlobalPSC’s research on making meaningful comparisons between electronics product stewardship programs.
The presentation, posted in the Knowledge Base available to GlobalPSC members, addresses producer responsibility programs for electronics in the US, Canada and Europe, discusses the challenges in comparing costs of electronics programs, provides several case studies and explores market trends for electronics.
PaintCare, Australia’s first trade waste paint trial commenced on 1 March 2013 and has already collected over 15 tonnes of waste paint. An initiative of the Australian Paint Manufacturers’ Federation (APMF), PaintCare is collecting waste paint from trade painters to assess a waste stream that is currently undefined in Australia. The trial, based in the state of Victoria, will run until 31 May 2013 and is funded by the APMF in partnership with Sustainability Victoria (SV), DuluxGroup, Valspar, PPG and Haymes Paints. A key program objective is to gather data to evaluate volumes, economies and associated behaviours to inform the development of a national product stewardship program for the safe disposal of waste architectural and decorative (A&D) paint.
Six Victorian transfer stations located in Geelong, Bendigo, Melton, Monash, Shepparton and Mornington are supporting the PaintCare trial. Results to date are shown below for the four programs with data currently available.
The Global Product Stewardship Council is currently working with the APMF and other stakeholders to help SV develop the business case and public policy case for A&D paint stewardship in Australia. Both APMF and SV are GlobalPSC members.
Further details on the PaintCare trial are available here.
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.
On 16 April the Commission adopted a proposal for a directive that will amend the Accounting Directives by requiring companies with more than 500 employees and either a balance sheet total of over EUR 20 million or a net turnover of over EUR 40 million, to include in their annual reports a non-financial statement containing information relating to environmental, social and employee matters, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery matters.
This would have to include a description of company policy in these areas, the results of these policies, the risks related to them and how the company manages those risks. Where a company does not pursue policies in relation to one or more of these matters, it would have to provide an explanation for not doing so.
See here for further information.
Encorp Pacific (Canada) was originally formed in 1994 and appointed by beverage brand owners as the not-for-profit product stewardship corporation responsible for all beverage containers and all alcohol beverage containers (except for aluminum beer cans and refillable beer bottles).
Since its inception, Encorp has fulfilled the requirements of the British Columbia Recycling Regulation. This regulation calls for the submission of a revised plan every five years.
April 18, 2013 1:00pm – 3:00pm Bear Mountain Resort (1999 Country Club Way, Victoria)
April 23 1:00pm – 3:00pm Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna)
May 10 1:00pm – 3:00pm BCIT Downtown Campus, (555 Seymour Street, Room 282/284)
May 24 1:00pm – 3:00pm The Westin Resort & Spa (4090 Whistler Way, Whistler)
June 4 1:00pm – 3:00pm Sandman Signature Hotel (2990 Recplace Dr Prince George)
June 12 1:00pm – 3:00pm Prestige, Rocky Mountain Resort (209 Van Horne St S, Cranbrook)
To register online for any one of the above-noted sessions, click here.
Encorp Pacific is a long-standing Corporate Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council and Encorp’s President & CEO Neil Hastie serves on the GlobalPSC Executive Committee.