What will a regulatory product stewardship scheme for all e-products mean for voluntary product stewardship programs for certain e-product categories (whether accredited or not)?

/What will a regulatory product stewardship scheme for all e-products mean for voluntary product stewardship programs for certain e-product categories (whether accredited or not)?

What will a regulatory product stewardship scheme for all e-products mean for voluntary product stewardship programs for certain e-product categories (whether accredited or not)?

  • There are currently four (4) voluntary product stewardship programs for e-products operating in New Zealand and while these programs go a long way to lessen negative product lifecycle impacts and improve waste reduction, product re-use, recycling and resource recirculation, they do not operate on a level playing field or cover all e-product categories with full market participation.
  • The Circular E-Stewards Network are engaging directly with these program operators to understand their scheme design preferences under a mandatory approach and how these programs could continue to operate going forward – this includes understanding options for Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) approaches that would meet the proposed objectives and performance measures under a regulatory system.
  • Examples of such voluntary product stewardship programs include Fuji Xerox’s Zero Landfill Scheme, the Refrigerant Recovery Scheme, the RE:mobile program and Sharp’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Scheme.
  • These scheme operators and the producers supporting these programs should be applauded for their early and proactive work in product stewardship and we want to work closely with them to learn what has worked well for their programs and what could be improved under a mandatory scheme that specifies liable parties and assigns liable party obligations.
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