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NATIONAL PACKAGING COVENANT & LITTER 27 May 2004, Melbourne Edward Cordner Executive Officer National Packaging Covenant. Voluntary component of a co-regulatory agreement between the packaging supply chain and governments Signed August 1999

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NATIONAL PACKAGING COVENANT & LITTER

27 May 2004, Melbourne

Edward Cordner

Executive Officer

National Packaging Covenant

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Voluntary component of a co-regulatory agreement between the packaging supply chain and governments

  • Signed August 1999
  • Based on principles of Shared Responsibility through Product Stewardship
  • The Covenant covers consumer product packaging, household paper and in-store packaging
  • > 640 signatories
  • Industry Coverage represents > 90% of packaging produced in Australia and > 80% of retail brands
  • Transitional Fund – industry contributions matched
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NEPM
  • Regulatory component which is applied at a jurisdictional level
  • Primarily targets non-signatory Brand-Owners
  • Enforces packaging “take-back” requirements to meet specified targets
  • Intended to make the voluntary component more attractive
  • Provides that no other new policy framework is to be implemented while the NPC is in force
  • Has been effective encouraging new signatories
objectives
Objectives
  • To establish a framework based on Shared Responsibility for the effective life-cycle management of packaging.
  • To establish a collaborative approach to produce real and sustainable environmental benefits
  • To establish a forum for regular consultation and discussion of issues and problems
  • The focus is not just on recycling but also packaging optimisation, waste minimisation and reducing the impact on the environment
  • Create awareness
essential elements
Essential Elements
  • A set of Product Stewardship principles to which all signatories subscribe
  • Defined roles & undertakings, including a commitment for continuous improvement
  • Signatory Action Plans & Annual Reports
  • A kerbside recycling strategy and Transitional Funds to support programs that develop economically viable & sustainable recycling collection systems
  • The Environmental Code of Practice for Packaging
outcomes
Outcomes
  • Consistent National approach
  • Provides high level forum for engaging with governments
  • NPC Council, Kerbside Recycling Group (KRG) & Jurisdictional Recycling Groups (JRG’s)
  • Entire packaging supply chain is involved – notably retailers
  • Provides an effective moratorium on new & potentially more costly regulatory approaches
  • Evidence suggests NPC implementation within companies has placed environmental & packaging issues on the Board agenda
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KRG
  • Equal representation from State/Territory and Local Government and industry signatories
  • Advises the respective jurisdictions on the development of their annual workplans
  • Is the clearing house for all projects developed at the jurisdictional level
  • Identifies and develops national projects
  • Has an overall budget management role to ensure that funds for these projects are available within the Transitional Funding Arrangements
jrg s
JRG’s
  • Stakeholder groups established in each participating State or Territory
  • Equal representation from State/Territory and Local Government and industry signatories
  • Prepare annual workplans
  • Identify and develop Covenant-consistent projects relevant to the improvement of kerbside collection systems in their respective jurisdiction
  • Liaise with each other and with the KRG to identify potential co-operative or national projects and to avoid duplication
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JRG Projects

  • Approx $6m has been distributed to eligible jurisdictions
  • Primarily for transition to Best Practice Kerbside Systems
  • Other types of projects to be funded include :
    • Public awareness in general community, schools & industry
    • Public Place & Major Events recycling
    • Litter Management
    • Performance Monitoring
    • Market Development
npc litter
NPC & Litter
  • NPCC agreed to develop a strategy for litter management :
    • in the context of developing a link between littering & recycling.
    • to build on work currently being undertaken (eg. Don’t Waste Australia) and public place recycling.
    • develop guidelines to address littering including a framework for the allocation of transitional funds.
    • Plastic Bags should be considered under the strategy
considerations
Considerations
  • The Covenant does not refer to litter, nor does it specifically exclude it.
  • The terms under which the Transitional Funds are raised from industry does not refer to litter.
  • A majority of Covenant signatories have little or no exposure to the management of litter with their products.
  • Litter associated with packaging makes up only a proportion of overall litter.
  • Through other channels the management of plastic bags has fallen under the auspices of the Covenant.
approach
Approach
  • Projects approved under the Covenant litter strategy will address litter management :
    • directly related to the lifecycle management of packaging
    • by delivering increased recovery of those packaging materials through public place or kerbside recycling
  • Examples :
    • Improved litter management systems for kerbside recycling collections.
    • Development of public place recycling to divert litter into recycling streams.
    • Promotion of litter strategies that specifically re-direct litter items into the kerbside stream.
vic jrg litter grants
Vic JRG Litter Grants
  • Project managed by EcoRecycle Victoria.
  • The purpose is to assist projects that address litter prevention & develop public place recycling
  • All projects must :
    • be located in either Core Sites or Special Sites
    • deal with packaging litter
    • adopt a planned approach to reduce littering behaviour
    • strongly feature community participation
    • involve key stakeholders in planning, implementation & follow up of the project
projects
Projects
  • Alpine Resorts – litter prevention & resource recovery
    • establish benchmark data
    • identify successes & barriers
    • review facilities, attitudes & actions
    • make recommendations
  • Mildura Litter Prevention – regional best practice model
    • identify litter hotspots
    • educate & inform young people to change behaviour
    • establish community partnerships
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Projects
  • City of Melbourne – improving disposal behaviour
    • identify the factors associated with disposal behaviour
    • reduce littering
    • increase use of public place waste & recycling bins
    • improve cost effectiveness of capital expenditure on bins
  • South West region - mobile public place recycling kits
  • City of Casey – fishing litter prevention
    • raise awareness amongst communities, anglers, suppliers
    • reduce litter
way forward
Way Forward
  • The co-regulatory Covenant / NEPM arrangement is due to expire in July 2004.
  • EPHC has agreed to an interim extension of the Covenant to 30 April 05 and a minor amendment to the NEPM to extend its expiry date to July 2005.
  • To allow NPCC time to engage & consult with key stakeholders.
  • Jurisdictions, LG & Industry to consult as necessary.
covenant reviews
Covenant Reviews
  • Generally similar findings :
      • Substantial strengthening
      • Appropriate measurable performance indicators
      • Greater clarity & definition
      • Broader scope
      • Data collection
  • NPCC to take a more active role :
      • Communications
      • Enforcement & compliance
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Industry is considering the introduction of some standard KPI’s to be reported on, for example :

  • Recycled Content
    • Companies must report on the amount of post-consumer recycled content in their packaging and their targets for future years
  • Litter
    • Reduction in the measured amount of packaging material of your product found in litter
    • Details of support for campaigns to address & reduce litter issues
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Minimisation

    • Companies to list the measures taken to review the amount of packaging placed on the market
    • Develop a formal assessment system for packaging minimisation
  • Environmental systems
    • Companies must demonstrate they have reviewed their existing environmental management arrangements and have adopted a system appropriate to the size & nature of their business
    • Companies in the packaging supply chain must demonstrate they have adopted the Environmental Code of Practice for Packaging
milestones
Milestones
  • NPCC Meeting – May, Melbourne
  • Mid-June – stakeholder consultation process commences
  • July – EPHC teleconference. Progress report.
  • Mid-August – consultation process completed
  • Late August – NPCC Meeting
  • October – EPHC Meeting
  • November – NEPM major variation commences
  • April 05 – EPHC decision on Covenant