The UK NMO must publish guidance on the recovery of testing costs and civil sanctions under the UK Energy Information Regulations which came into force in July 2011. Stakeholders can submit any comments before 12th September 2011. For further details, please contact us
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On August 1, 2011, the House and Senate passed a House Bill, which would provide the CPSC with greater flexibility in the implementation of the lead limit and third party testing requirements. The bill introduces many changes. For more info on these please contact us
The Department of Defense is seeking public comments on the definition of ‘‘produced’’ in Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 225.7003, Restrictions on acquisition of specialty metals . For more information on this please contact us
On June 30, the Governor signed Delaware Senate Bill 70 prohibiting the sale of children’s bottles or cups containg bisphenol-A. The ban on sale by merchants takes effect July 1, 2012. For more information on this Bill please contact us
On July 1, 2011, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs officially published the various documents implementing the Waste Act of 2008. For more information on these standards please contact us
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The Australian Government published its “Clean Energy Future” strategy on 10th July. For more information and Expert Comment on this subject please contact us
A new and positive era of environmental policy has arrived with the passing of the Product Stewardship Bill by both Houses of Parliament in Canberra on 22nd March 2011. The Product Stewardship Bill 2011 will provide unprecedented powers to ensure that the recycling of TVs and computers is mandated on a national basis. PSA is the peak environmental body representing TV manufacturers, and has been focused on the need for Commonwealth regulation for several years.
After many years advocating for ‘best practice’ regulation and delivering successful pilot projects, the TV and ICT industries welcome the Bill and congratulate the Government and Parliament on this significant reform. The first sectors to drive this new age of action on product take-back and recycling are the TV and ICT industries. With funding and implementation to come from TV and computer manufacturers and suppliers, Australia is now well on the path to a national collection, recycling and community education initiative. A copy of the joint PSA-AIIA media statement welcoming the Legislation is available here.
The passage of the Bill enables TVs and computers that would otherwise be lost to landfill and illegal dumping to be recycled. The majority of materials in these obsolete products can be recycled and re-processed for use in the manufacture of new goods. Industry’s efforts to collect and recycle obsolete TVs will now be facilitated through the Product Stewardship Legislation which will divert thousands of TVs from landfill every year. Within the context of the Product Stewardship Legislation, a co-regulatory approach will ensure that no manufacturer or supplier of new TV and computer equipment can avoid their collection and recycling obligations.
A joint industry-Government Implementation Working Group (IWG) is currently developing targets for collection and recycling, environmental standards, community education plans and public reporting requirements. For more information about the IWG, visit the Australian Government’s eWaste web portal.
We are very please to launch our new web site which co-incides with our new corporate identity, developed by leading London Agency Zuma Creative . The new site has a special news section to keep you up-to-date with regulatory issues around the world and news at Compliance & Risks. If you have any comments or ideas about the new site please email us.