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Industry heroes
by Ellen Thornton at 08:52 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

Extended producer responsibility laws require producers to cover the cost of collection, recycling for the end of life of products they have placed on the market. However, some producers go above and beyond their responsibilities under the law to minimise their impact on the environment. These are just some of those industry heroes… IKEAIKEA have moved a...

Industry heroes

The future of the Australian waste and recycling industry
by Ellen Thornton at 07:43 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

The future of the Australian waste and recycling industry

The Environment and communications references committee has made many recommendations to the Australian government concerning the waste and recycling industry. Following evidence and comments from the industry, proposals have been submitted relating to the establishment of a circular economy; prioritisation of the waste hierarchy; the phasing out of petro...

Government of Yukon announces amendments to the Designated Materials Regulation
by Ellen Thornton at 13:36 in Emerging, WEEE under Environmental

Following a consultation with Yukoners and information from established systems in other Canadian jurisdictions, the Government has announced it will make amendments to the Designated Materials Regulation to increase recycling and waste diversion. The amended regulation and any associated obligations for producers will come into full effect on October 1st...

Government of Yukon announces amendments to the Designated Materials Regulation

EU waste legislative package published in the Official Journal of the European Union
by Ellen Thornton at 10:03 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE, Battery under Environmental

EU waste legislative package published in the Official Journal of the European Union

On 14 June, the Official Journal of the European Union published the EU waste legislative package which includes amendments to the Directives on end-of-life vehicles; batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators; waste electrical and electronic equipment; landfill of waste; waste and packaging and packaging waste among others. These ame...

Approaching deadline for EPR reporting in Chile
by Ellen Thornton at 14:13 in Battery, Packaging, WEEE under Environmental

Under the provisions of the second transitory article of Law No 20,920, producers of certain priority products are obligated to report information to the 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 fo...

Approaching deadline for EPR reporting in Chile

Packaging Waste and Sustainability Forum 2018
by Ellen Thornton at 14:58 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

Packaging Waste and Sustainability Forum 2018

On the 5th, 6th and 7th of June this year, the annual packaging waste and sustainability forum was held in Brussels. The days were filled with interesting talks from members of the European Commission, producers and retailers, industry representatives and producer responsibility organisations (PROs) who addressed topics such as the new EU recycling target...

Modulated fees in EPR
by Ellen Thornton at 14:18 in Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State for the Environment in the UK, Michael Gove, announced a reform of the current 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. Modu...

Modulated fees in EPR

Hong Kong's Producer Responsibility Schemes
by Ellen Thornton at 13:07 in Emerging, Packaging, WEEE under Environmental

Hong Kong's Producer Responsibility Schemes

In July 2008, the Product Eco-responsibility Ordinance (Cap. 603) was enacted as an umbrella legislation to put in place the shared core elements of all producer responsibility schemes (PRS) in Hong Kong. It outlines the fundamental regulatory requirements in respect of individual types of product, including operational details in the Ordinance and its su...

edie Live 2018
by Ellen Thornton at 09:30 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

On the 22nd and 23rd May, edie held their energy, sustainability and resource efficiency conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Their theme this year was mission possible: achieving a sustainable future. The conference was packed with exhibitions, advice clinics and a live theatre programme which was split into four areas: sustainabil...

edie Live 2018

Comply or comply not, there is no try. Even lightsabers too, have environmental obligations
by Ellen Thornton at 08:00 in Battery, Packaging, WEEE under Environmental

Comply or comply not, there is no try. Even lightsabers too, have environmental obligations

Our new website is launching today…May the 4th….which means our techy folk at Lorax Compliance thought it deserved a Star Wars themed unveiling. And what is more Star Wars than a lightsaber? Even humble Jedi should be aware of their environmental implications and as a product with a unique supply chain, lightsaber manufactures are often unsure of their ex...

Plastics tax announced in EU budget
by Ellen Thornton at 15:18 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Packaging under Environmental

EU BudgetOn 2nd May​​, the EU announces its budget for 2021 – 2027. The budget includes a section on modern sources of funding for the EU. On account of Brexit, there is a resulting net loss in the EU's budget and furthermore new EU priorities require new investment. The Commission has proposed to fund these through a combination of fresh money (80%), red...

Plastics tax announced in EU budget

Updated E-Waste Management Rules in India
by Ellen Thornton at 10:19 in Emerging, WEEE under Environmental

Updated E-Waste Management Rules in India

Currently in India, a large quantity of e-waste is managed by the informal sector. The sector encompasses waste pickers, dismantlers, recyclers, etc. This work is unregulated and inefficient and can often cause damage to the environment. Furthermore, there can be major risks to human health as e-waste can contain toxic substances such as cadmium, lead, ar...

Michael Gove announces there will be changes to the PRN system
by Ellen Thornton at 11:06 in Emerging, Packaging under Environmental

On 26 April the Plastics Pact was announced with 40 businesses having signed up, it includes voluntary aims to drive up recycling of plastics and greater use of recycled plastic material. Furthermore, as Michael Gove unveiled the pact, he also confirmed there will be changes to the Packaging Recovery Notes (PRN) system. This is expected as part of the Res...

Michael Gove announces there will be changes to the PRN system

Wind up of MHSW program in Ontario
by Ellen Thornton at 14:22 in Content, Emerging, Environmental under Environmental

Wind up of MHSW program in Ontario

On 12 April 2018, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change issued direction to Stewardship Ontario to wind up the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program by December 31st, 2020. Materials collected under the MHSW program will be managed according to an individual producer responsibility framework under the Resource Recovery and Circu...

New EPR Regulations announced in Brazil
by Ellen Thornton at 19:03 in Battery, Emerging, Packaging, WEEE under Environmental

On 3 April, The Sao Paulo State environment agency (CETESB) issued Decision No. 076/2018/C establishing the integration of take-back requirements into the environmental permitting procedure. Manufacturers, importers, distributors and sellers of certain products may only be issued environmental operation permits after compliance with take-back regulations ...

New EPR Regulations announced in Brazil

New EPR Regulation in Mozambique
by Ellen Thornton at 10:41 in Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

New EPR Regulation in Mozambique

The Decree 79/2017, of 28 December 2017, approving the Regulation on the Extended Responsibility of Producers and Importers of Packaging, was approved by the Council of Ministers and came into force on 29th December 2017. The Regulation applies to all public and private entities, natural or legal persons engaged in the production, import and management of...

Implementation of 2018 Open Scope WEEE
by Ellen Thornton at 09:54 in WEEE, Emerging under Environmental

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 ...

Implementation of 2018 Open Scope WEEE

What happened when Lorax gave up plastic for lent
by Ellen Thornton at 09:46 in Packaging, Environmental under Environmental

What happened when Lorax gave up plastic for lent

Here at Lorax, in an effort to reduce our use of plastic, we took part in Plastikfasten. This involved aiming to give up or reduce the amount of plastic we use during the 40 days of Lent. As part of the challenge, we collected any plastic used in the office as well as collecting and weighing any plastic each of us used at home. When it comes to the weekly...

UK Government announces introduction of a deposit return scheme in England
by Ellen Thornton at 10:17 in Emerging, Packaging, Environmental under Environmental

Today, the government has announced it will introduce a deposit return scheme in England for single use drinks containers, subject to a consultation later this year. The consultation will cover details of how the scheme would work, alongside other measures to increase recycling rates. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: 'We can be in no doubt that pl...

UK Government announces introduction of a deposit return scheme in England

Amendments to circular economy draft opinion
by Ellen Thornton at 11:04 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

Amendments to circular economy draft opinion

On the 8th March, the European Parliament published amendments to the Cohesion policy and the circular economy draft opinion​. ​​​​​The amendments include numerous changes and several new paragraphs concerning implementation of the circular economy in Member States and the impact of China's new restrictions. The amendments bring​ a focus onto the need fo...

Canada: CSSA packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 12:57 in Emerging, Packaging under Environmental

The Canada Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) is a packaging scheme which obligates producers, or stewards, in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. These are legal obligations under the provincial packaging and printed paper (PPP) materials recycling regulations​. Stewards can be retailers, restaurants, importers, manufacturers, governm...

Canada: CSSA packaging compliance update

Belgium: Fost Plus packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 10:20 in Packaging, Emerging under Environmental

Belgium: Fost Plus packaging compliance update

Fost Plus is a packaging compliance scheme in Belgium. There are different types of decarations depending on your company, sector and the type of packaging you bring to the market. Companies with a turnover below €15 million on the Belgium market for household packaging can make a lump-sum declaration. Companies that fulfil a number of conditions and brin...

Belgium: Val-i-pac packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:54 in Packaging under Environmental

Val-i-pac is a Belgian packaging compliance scheme which covers industrial packaging waste. Companies who produce less than 5 tonnes of packaging per year can submit a simplified declaration instead of the ordinary declaration. Any company that uses 10 tonnes or more of packaging while selling its products in Belgium has a legal obligation to submit a pre...

Belgium: Val-i-pac packaging compliance update

Finland: packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:51 in Packaging, Emerging under Environmental

Finland: packaging compliance update

Rinki is the packaging compliance scheme in Finland. Only producers with an annual turnover exceeding €1 million are obligated. Recyclable plastic bottles, beverage cans and glass bottles have a deposit associated and hence aren't charged a recycling fee. Submission date: 28th February 2018 for annual report.Changes: From 1st January 2018, a new tonne-b...

Belgium: battery compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:39 in Battery, Emerging under Environmental

Bebat is the Belgium scheme for battery reporting. Companies who place less than 10,000 batteries on the market per year can report annually using the simplified declaration, otherwise they must report monthly. The simplified declaration means you only have to submit one declaration per year for the number of batteries you put onto the market (individuall...

Belgium: battery compliance update

The EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference Blog
by Ellen Thornton at 08:41 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental under Environmental

The EU Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference Blog

On the 20th and 21st February, the European Commission held an EU Stakeholder Conference on the circular economy. The conference aimed to address the challenges and opportunities in delivering the circular economy through plenary sessions, a number of break out sessions and keynote speeches. ​The first plenary session discussed the EU Strategy for Plastic...

France: packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 08:34 in Emerging, Packaging under Environmental

Citeo, which was formed due to the merging of Ecoemballages and the paper scheme Ecofolio, is the packaging scheme in France covering household packaging only. The scheme applies bonuses and penalties for certain actions, for example, a bonus of 8% is rewarded for reduction of the weight of packaging, removal of black carbon dye in plastic packaging and r...

France: packaging compliance update

UK: Packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 08:54 in Packaging under Environmental

UK: Packaging compliance update

In the UK producers are obligated if their annual turnover exceeds £2 million and they handle more than 50 tonnes of packaging and/or packaging materials. In the UK, there are over 30 compliance schemes for packaging. A list of schemes is available here. ​Submission date: 28th February How does the UK system work? The UK works on a shared producer respon...

Spain: Ecoembes packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:46 in Packaging, Emerging under Environmental

Ecoembes is a compliance scheme in Spain for household packaging. All packaging for households (primary, secondary and tertiary) must be reported, whereas commercial packaging is only reported voluntarily. Submission date: 28th February 2018 for annual reportThresholds: if producers place less than 8 tonnes of packaging on the Spanish market per year, the...

Spain: Ecoembes packaging compliance update

Turkey: Cevko packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:35 in Packaging under Environmental

Turkey: Cevko packaging compliance update

Cevko is a packaging scheme in Turkey which charges a fee per tonne for different packaging types. The scheme covers primary, secondary and tertiary packaging and there are no obligation thresholds - the first piece of packaging placed on the Turkish market is obligated. Submission date: 28th February for annual report.Upcoming changes: Turkey recently pu...

Ireland: Repak packaging compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:28 in Packaging under Environmental

Repak is packaging scheme for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging in Ireland. ​Only 'major producers' with a turnover greater than €1 million who also place more than 10 tonnes of packaging on the Irish market per year are obligated to report​. Submission date: 21st February for bi-annual submission (1st July – 31st December data)Minimum membership ...

Ireland: Repak packaging compliance update

Austria: ERA WEEE compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 14:40 in Emerging, WEEE under Environmental

Austria: ERA WEEE compliance update

ERA is a battery and WEEE compliance scheme in Austria. The scheme covers household and industrial WEEE and requires either monthly, quarterly or annual reports depending on the producer's annual fee. Submission dates:Monthly: 10th of the second month after the one being reported. Q4: 10th February 2018. Annual: 31st March 2018. Changes: Fees changed i...

Austria: ERA batteries compliance update
by Ellen Thornton at 09:32 in Battery, Emerging under Environmental

​ERA is a battery and WEEE compliance scheme in Austria. The scheme covers appliance, vehicle and industrial batteries and requires either monthly, quarterly or annual reports depending on the producer's annual fee. ​Submission dates:Monthly: 10th of the second month after the one being reported. Q4: 10th February 2018. Annual: 31st March 2018. ​Fees and ...

Austria: ERA batteries compliance update

What is the UK doing about plastics?
by Ellen Thornton at 08:45 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Emerging, Packaging under Environmental

What is the UK doing about plastics?

Recently the Government has been called upon to take action on our societies throw away habits, with plastic water bottles and disposable coffee cups in the spot light. Despite the readily available alternatives, recycling rates have stalled, and our behavioural habits are yet to change. A new scheme set up by industry body Water UK aims to offer free wat...

Turkey takes action on plastic packaging
by Ellen Thornton at 15:48 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

In Turkey, The Regulation on Packaging Waste Control was published in the country's official gazette on 27 December and took effect on 1 January 2018. The new regulation details new recycling targets, changes to EPR and will introduce a charge on plastic bags from 1st January 2019, prohibiting the distribution of free plastic bags. ​Under the revised regu...

Turkey takes action on plastic packaging

End-of-Life Vehicles Extended Producer Responsibility
by Ellen Thornton at 08:16 in Environmental under Environmental

End-of-Life Vehicles Extended Producer Responsibility

Similar to WEEE, packaging and batteries, vehicles are subject to extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulations in the EU to ensure they are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner at the end of their useful life. Producers in member states are obligated for vehicles, including their components, spare and replacement parts and materials. EUA ...

Circular Economy package update
by Ellen Thornton at 08:05 in Circular Economy, Emerging, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

On 18th December, the Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with representatives of the European Parliament on all four legislative proposals of the waste package. The revised circular economy package was presented by the European Commission on 3rd December 2015 with four waste legislative proposals of the waste package and an Action Plan in...

Circular Economy package update

Articles under REACH explained
by Ellen Thornton at 14:50 in Content, Emerging, Environmental under Environmental

Articles under REACH explained

In June this year, ECHA released a revised guidance​ concerning articles under REACH. The European Court of Justice ruling from September 2015 means that the 0.1% concentration of candidate list substance threshold now applies to individual components within the products. ​Whereas previously, t​​​​he threshold applied to the concentration over a whole com...

Emerging EPR in South America
by Ellen Thornton at 10:20 in Battery, Emerging, Content, Packaging, Circular Economy, WEEE, Environmental under Environmental

There is currently an array of changes occurring in South America in relation to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and recycling laws. Countries such as Brazil, Chile a​nd Argentina are catching up with Europe as many new EPR Bills are proposed. ​ArgentinaIn Argentina, a Bill has been proposed to modify the Integrated Management of Househ...

Emerging EPR in South America

Chemical Product Registers you didn’t know existed
by Ellen Thornton at 09:10 in Content, Environmental under Environmental

Chemical Product Registers you didn’t know existed

The Substances in Preparations in Nordic Countries (SPIN) database contains information on the chemicals that are used in the Nordic countries, based on the Products Registries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. In these countries, manufacturers and/or importers of substances must submit a notification to the Product Register. The chemicals to be rep...

UK consultation on adopting “Open Scope” WEEE categories
by Ellen Thornton at 08:48 in Emerging, WEEE, Battery, Environmental under Environmental

Currently in the UK, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and WEEE are categorised and reported under 14 categories which comprises of 10 compulsory categories and 4 subcategories. The EU WEEE Directive (Directive 2012/19/EU) introduced a number of changes to the original Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC), inclu​ding an 'Open Scope' of 6 revised categ...

UK consultation on adopting “Open Scope” WEEE categories

Global deposit return schemes
by Ellen Thornton at 13:50 in Environmental, Circular Economy, Emerging, Packaging under Environmental

Global deposit return schemes

Deposit return schemes add a small deposit on to the cost of drinks which is refunded to the consumer when the container is returned. Hence, the incentive for consumers to recycle their drinks containers is much greater. Containers, such as glass, can be refilled and other such as cans can be recycled, eliminating wastage of the containers. However, such ...

Recycle Week 2017
by Ellen Thornton at 08:53 in Circular Economy, Packaging, Environmental under Environmental

This week, 25th September to 1st October, is Recycle Week in the UK. This is the 14thannual recycling, this year with the theme of 'Recycling – It's Worth It!'. This week, organised by WRAP, aims to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling from all around the home. Why recycle?Currently only 14% of plastic reaches r...

Recycle Week 2017

Romanian packaging fees
by Ellen Thornton at 09:30 in Packaging, Emerging under Environmental

Romanian packaging fees

In 2016 there were two emergency ordinances in Romania. The first of these included producer changes where producers can now fulfil their obligations themselves by using any packaging waste existing on the market. Whereas previously, this could only be their own packaging. Hence, producers must prove the correct quantity was recycled corresponding to the ...

RWM Exhibition 2017
by Ellen Thornton at 13:05 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging, Emerging under Environmental

The RWM is an exhibition of four industry events – The Energy Event, The Renewables Event, The Water Event and RWM. Held in the National Exhibition Centre over 3 days, the event had six zones representing the Ene​rgy, Water and recycling and waste markets.RWM's Mission Statement:'RWM seeks to build a community for a resource-efficient future. We co...

RWM Exhibition 2017

Changes to Norwegian packaging regulations
by Ellen Thornton at 15:34 in Packaging, Emerging under Environmental

As of 1st September 2017, certain previously voluntary regulations in Norway became mandatory. These changes and others, which will come into force on 1st January 2018, will effect producers and return companies. Changes for producersAs of 1st September 2017, certain previously voluntary regulations in Norway became mandatory. Producers now have re...

UK’s post-Brexit stance on REACH registration and compliance
by Ellen Thornton at 07:51 in Emerging under Environmental

​​In a new Brexit paper, released on 21st August, the UK states its position on where businesses stand when they have undertaken compliance activities prior to Britain leaving the EU. The main conclusion of this paper is that businesses who place goods on the market before exit from the EU will not have to duplicate compliance activities. There is often a...

New York’s E-Waste Law
by Ellen Thornton at 07:41 in WEEE, Environmental, Emerging under Environmental

New York’s E-Waste Law

​The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requires manufacturers who sell covered electronic equipment​ (CEE) in New York to provide a convenient system for collecting, handling and recycling or reusing electronic waste. The law, signed in on 28th May 2010, prohibited consumers from throwing out e-waste in their normal rubbish bins. Manufac...

REACH regulations outside the EU
by Ellen Thornton at 09:34 in Emerging, Environmental, Content under Environmental

EU REACH regulations enco​​​​mpass the Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemical substances manufactured or imported into the EU or EEA above 1 tonne per year. This regulation provides an extensive database of the risks and uses of chemical substances, mixtures and articles and the opportunity for information sharing between companies who use...

The problem with plastic
by Ellen Thornton at 15:17 in Circular Economy, Environmental, Packaging under Environmental

There's a wealth of knowledge about the negative effect plastic waste has on the environment. This blog seeks to uncover what the problems are and how governments and industry can stop it from getting worse. The problemRecently it seems that we have been overwhelmed with devastating facts and figures concerning the negative impact of plastic waste on our...

Battery recycling in Australia – what are the next steps?
by Ellen Thornton at 13:45 in Battery, Environmental under Environmental

​Currently, in Australia, only 5% of handheld rechargeable batteries are recycled. Many of these contain hazardous substances with the capacity to harm people and the environment. This was one of the issues discussed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers on 28th July in Melbourne. They recognised successful pilot schemes in Toowoomba ...

Reporting and obligation thresholds – what are they and how do they differ?
by Ellen Thornton at 14:40 in Battery, Environmental, Packaging, WEEE under Environmental

Obligations and reporting thresholds for packaging, WEEE and battery schemes vary from scheme to scheme and country to country. Obligation thresholds are more typically implemented through packaging waste legislation and reporting thresholds can be seen in p​​ackaging, WEEE and battery legislation. However, many countries have not implemented thresholds a...

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