How can we learn from international approaches towards e-product stewardship to ensure we have the best system in New Zealand?

/How can we learn from international approaches towards e-product stewardship to ensure we have the best system in New Zealand?

How can we learn from international approaches towards e-product stewardship to ensure we have the best system in New Zealand?

  • Although kiwis are among the highest consumers of e-products globally, these trends are not unique to New Zealand and there are a range of product stewardship schemes and extended producer responsibility programs that we can learn from as undertake our co-design of local scheme options and recommendations.
  • Europe has established a regulatory product stewardship or extended producer responsibility requirements through their WEEE Directive which covers all e-products (excluding batteries which have their own Directive) and creates incentives for higher order interventions (over and above EoL recovery and treatment) to encourage more circular product design, material selection and lifecycle management.
  • The WEEE Directive was introduced in 2003 and has undergone multiple reviews and updates and provides a good benchmark as a starting point for our investigations.
  • TechCollect NZ is a member of a global e-product PRO network (through the WEEE Forum – represented in the CEN WG) and we are holding a series of workshops with international e-product PROs in November this year to understand what has worked well in e-product stewardship approaches in different jurisdictions and their key recommendations for a local system of shared responsibility in Aotearoa.
  • We aim to learn what has worked well, what hasn’t, what we should avoid and what scheme design elements are essential to spur more circular stewardship of e-products across their lifecycle, for all stakeholder groups.
  • We are also undertaking research to assess international e-product stewardship approaches, informing local scheme design, and will produce a summary report that will be published and made publicly available.
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