The Global Product Stewardship Council

Product Stewardship for Sharps and Unwanted Medicines – Background and Issues Paper Now Available

Posted by GlobalPSC in Pharmaceuticals and Sharps at 12:06 pm, July 21st, 2017

The Global Product Stewardship Council (GlobalPSC) was asked by representatives of the US healthcare industry to assist in developing product stewardship for sharps in the US through independent research on product stewardship and extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs. The resulting Background and Issues Paper is now available on the GlobalPSC members-only Knowledge Base.

Under this initial work, the GlobalPSC conducted background research of existing global EPR programs for sharps and unwanted (or out-of-date) medicines and drafted the Background and Issues Paper to frame key issues and raise options for consideration by primary stakeholders (mainly sharps manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies with products using sharps).

Following discussions with primary stakeholders, their feedback was incorporated back into the Background and Issues Paper to provide one comprehensive report suitable for broader circulation and stakeholder engagement. The intention was to canvass possible approaches that could lead to program elements the industry could potentially support and to solicit broader stakeholder input. Funding for the Background and Issues Paper was provided by GlobalPSC Corporate Member Eli Lilly and Company.

GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin presented an overview of the report and assisted stakeholder outreach during the Patient-Centered Safe Needle Disposal Forum 13 June 2017 in Washington, DC. The Forum was funded and led by Sharps Working Group members Abbvie, AstraZeneca, Becton Dickinson, Biogen, Dexcom, Eli Lilly and Company, Novo Nordisk, Perrigo, Roche and Sanofi.

 

GlobalPSC Government Member – Department of the Environment and Energy

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 12:27 pm, June 7th, 2017

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The Department of the Environment and Energy administers Australia’s Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively manage the environmental, health and safety impacts of products, and in particular those impacts associated with the disposal of products. The framework allows for voluntary industry led schemes, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship. More information on the legislation and product stewardship in general can be found here.

 

PET Recycling Growth in South Africa

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 8:36 pm, April 30th, 2017

 

PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), recently announced their annual PET recycling rate had increased from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.

PETCO recycled an additional 22% of post-consumer bottles in comparison to the previous year, with the total PET market growing by 14.8% to 241,269 tonnes.

“PETCO is delighted with the latest figures,” says PETCO’s CEO Cheri Scholtz. “Through the remarkable network of people, companies and organisations we work with, 2 billion PET bottles were collected for recycling across South Africa during the course of 2016, creating some 62,000 income opportunities for small and micro-collectors, and changing their lives and those of their families in immeasurable ways.”

The voluntary recycling fee paid annually by PETCO members on every tonne of raw material purchased has enabled the payment of a total of R1.9 billion (~ 130 million or ~US$142 million) by contracted recyclers to collectors for baled bottles since the inception of PETCO in 2004, ensuring the collection of PET bottles for recycling is sustained, and resulting in almost 800,000 tonnes of carbon and over 3 million m3 of landfill space saved to date.

PETCO reports that South Africa’s 55% post-consumer PET recycling rate compares well with international PET recycling rates of ~ 30% in the US and European average rates of ~ 59%. However, PETCO also notes that considerable work is being done globally to understand these statistics, as the bases differ substantially and a direct comparison cannot be assumed.

Information and graphic supplied by PETCO.

 

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Valoryza

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 8:49 pm, April 26th, 2017

Based in Santiago, Chile, Valoryza Environmental Advisors offer strategic advice and expertise to cost-effectively support compliance with extended producer responsibility (EPR), by way of product stewardship programs to producers and organizations that are affected by environmental regulations.

As a regional expert with access to a global best practice network, Valoryza assists local and foreign companies in navigating through and succeeding within Latin American waste management regulatory systems and frameworks.

Key services include, but not are limited to, those listed below.

Offering representation and consultancy services to:

  • Chilean industries seeking to participate in the elaboration and detailed design of the EPR systems.
  • International companies with obligations under the EPR and other environmental regulations.

Strategic advice:

  • Design, implementation and administration of waste management systems under EPR regulations.
  • Cost-effective management of product impacts, in line with product stewardship requirements.
  • Elaboration of Strategic Plans to help guide companies as they face new challenges related to new and more demanding environmental regulations.

Solution design, implementation and management for:

  • Source separation, collection, packaging, processing and re-use of all types of waste.
  • Waste management aimed at recovery services to ensure the fulfillment of business sustainability goals and environmental commitments with both local and national authorities.

Valoryza consultants have extensive experience in conducting investigation, research studies, audits, assessments and developing strategic forecasts to support clients in meeting their obligations regarding manufacturing, waste management, sorting, transport and final disposal in the most responsible and cost-effective way.

If you represent a business with opportunities related to EPR, waste management or other environmental matters in Latin America, Valoryza is available to help.

Contact:

Rodrigo Leiva Neumann
General Manager
+56 9 72143053

Rodrigo.leiva@valoryza.com

 

An Auspicious Time for Change – Review of Australia’s Product Stewardship Act

Posted by GlobalPSC in GlobalPSC Analyses at 6:17 pm, April 26th, 2017

 

 

Australia’s Product Stewardship Act requires a five-year review that has been announced but has yet to be initiated. Conducting the review as a priority could help address a plethora of social, economic and environmental issues, and result in additional economic development and job creation.

The GlobalPSC will be active in the Act’s review in coordination with the Australian Department of Environment and Energy. GlobalPSC CEO Russ Martin recently assessed some of the opportunities for improvement through the review for CWS magazine. This assessment is now available online or as a PDF.

 

GlobalPSC Member – Adaptation Environmental Support Pty Ltd

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 1:16 pm, April 21st, 2017

Adaptation Environmental Support Pty Ltd is a change management consultancy, specialising in environmental sustainability and product stewardship. Adaptation works with governments, small business, large corporates and the not-for-profit sector to develop and implement initiatives that support businesses to meet stakeholder expectations and exceed legislative requirements.

Adaptation leads clients to better understand and minimise the environmental impacts of business operations through the major areas of procurement, business efficiencies and end of life impacts of products and packaging.  Organisational goals are met through effective planning and strategy development, business and stakeholder engagement, program implementation, performance monitoring and reporting. Adaptation’s portfolio includes a range of pioneering environmental initiatives that have successfully reduced impacts, reduced costs, reduced risk and created cleaner work environments.

Location: Bondi Junction, Australia

Click here for more information.

 

IT and Content Disruptions

Posted by GlobalPSC in Uncategorized at 3:10 pm, April 20th, 2017
With recent IT changes and the failure of two backup servers, approximately 10 months worth of recent content was lost from the GlobalPSC site. We will be progressively restoring some of the lost content. If there is particular information or a particular post that you are seeking, please contact us directly.
 
The GlobalPSC email servers were also affected for several weeks and service has now been restored. If you emailed us recently but have not received a reply, please resend the message and we will reply as soon as possible.

Webinar: Recycler and Waste Hauler Perspectives on EPR for Packaging

Posted by GlobalPSC in Events at 7:52 pm, October 12th, 2016

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is hosting a webinar of recycler and waste hauler perspectives on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

The webinar will take place 27 October, 2016 from 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT. 

The US recycling system has experienced a noticeable shift in the past few decades as the waste management and recycling industries have become increasingly privatized. Because of this change, waste and recycling systems often function as contractual agreements between haulers and recyclers with municipalities or residents. In contrast to this system, other countries – which operate under an EPR structure – rely on a central body to coordinate the recycling network, increasing efficiency and recovery. A shift in the US to EPR for consumer packaging would change the way the current contractual arrangements with recyclers and waste haulers are structured. Could the US shift to an EPR system where consumer packaging manufacturers manage and fund the recycling system? Would this change be for the better? Could it provide stability during market downturns and simplify system economics? Who would ultimately own recycled material, and how would a shift in ownership change economic dynamics?

Using the British Columbia system as a case study, expert speakers will explore these questions and more during the third part of PSI’s packaging webinar series.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Lantz, Green by Nature EPR
  • Deanne Stephenson, Cascades Recovery
  • Frank Mainella, Smithrite

Moderated by Scott Cassel, PSI

Registration link:

Register through PSI. 

When: Thursday, October 27
2:00pm 3:30pm EST
Where: United States
Contact: Suzy Whalen
suzy@productstewardship.us
+1 617 236-8293

Child Car Safety Seats – What a Valuable Waste!

Posted by GlobalPSC in Guest Blogs at 5:12 am, October 3rd, 2016

Sitting and gathering dust in a garage and waiting for the right time to pass on your used child car safety seat to a friend or relative may soon be a thing of the past.

Child car safety seats that have been involved in an accident or have been mistreated could result in damage to a number of the key safety components. Continuous exposure to heat and sunlight, something Australia’s climate serves up best, could also degrade the plastic structure and other important parts.

It has been found that the average consumer has little knowledge about the existence of recommended expiry dates and the continuingly updated Australian Standards applied to the manufacture of child car safety seats which in turn has an impact on the suitability of seats to protect children and infants over a period of time.

Removing potentially unsafe or worn or damaged child car safety seats from the market will not only protect children and infants, but could provide an opportunity to responsibly divert these products from landfill and implement an efficient resource recovery and recycling program.

Without a means to effectively remove child car safety seats from the public domain, expired and damaged seats may remain in circulation. They could be offered for sale in online stores such as Gumtree and eBay, illegally dumped on the side of a road or removed from kerbside hard rubbish collections to only be reused again.

There are currently no general programs or schemes within Australia to enable parents to responsibly dispose of and/or recycle child car safety seats. With a growing population and demand for new products, the cost to Governments and communities for the collection and disposal of child car safety seats will only increase.

Setting up a product stewardship and recycling program presents an opportunity to reduce the end-of-life child car safety seats being reused, sold or ending up in landfills which is what Equilibrium, an Australian based sustainability consulting and management company, is hoping to achieve.

Equilibrium will be bringing together a number of key stakeholders from product importers and manufacturers, retailers, automotive clubs and recyclers in early October 2016 to explore how a voluntary product stewardship program might be established to manage the whole of life cycle of a child car safety seat and significantly increase resource recovery and recycling as a result of providing an avenue to return and recycle end-of-life systems.

Content provided by Equilibrium

GlobalPSC Member Profile – Valoryza

Posted by GlobalPSC in Member Profiles at 8:53 am, June 29th, 2016

Based in Santiago, Chile, Valoryza Environmental Advisors offer strategic advice and expertise to cost-effectively support compliance with extended producer responsibility (EPR), by way of product stewardship programs to producers and organizations that are affected by environmental regulations.

As a regional expert with access to a global best practice network, Valoryza assists local and foreign companies in navigating through and succeeding within Latin American waste management regulatory systems and frameworks.

Key services include, but not are limited to, those listed below.

Offering representation and consultancy services to:

  • Chilean industries seeking to participate in the elaboration and detailed design of the EPR systems.
  • International companies with obligations under the EPR and other environmental regulations.

Strategic advice:

  • Design, implementation and administration of waste management systems under EPR regulations.
  • Cost-effective management of product impacts, in line with product stewardship requirements.
  • Elaboration of Strategic Plans to help guide companies as they face new challenges related to new and more demanding environmental regulations.

Solution design, implementation and management for:

  • Source separation, collection, packaging, processing and re-use of all types of waste.
  • Waste management aimed at recovery services to ensure the fulfillment of business sustainability goals and environmental commitments with both local and national authorities.

Valoryza consultants have extensive experience in conducting investigation, research studies, audits, assessments and developing strategic forecasts to support clients in meeting their obligations regarding manufacturing, waste management, sorting, transport and final disposal in the most responsible and cost-effective way.

If you represent a business with opportunities related to EPR, waste management or other environmental matters in Latin America, Valoryza is available to help.

Contact:

Rodrigo Leiva Neumann
General Manager
+56 9 72143053

Rodrigo.leiva@valoryza.com

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