Further Information about Product Stewardship


The following Ministry for the Environment resources illustrate why the government has identified product stewardship as an important tool to help improve New Zealand’s environment:

Product Stewardship and Water Efficiency Labelling - Summary of Submissions, August 2006
This document is the summary of submissions received on the Product Stewardship (PS) and Water Efficiency Labelling (WELS) Discussion Document 2005.

Product Stewardship and Water Efficiency Labelling, July 2005
A discussion document released on July 2005 that discusses the issues involved with product stewardship, and some options the government could consider.

Product Stewardship related information outside of the Ministry for the Environment

New Zealand websites
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BusinessCare (NZ) A not-for-profit trust with three year funding from MfE Sustainable Management Fund plus significant support from a number of local authorities.
Its focus is on promoting, supporting and encouraging the implementation of sustainable management and cleaner production practices by local SME businesses. It works at both national and local levels.
It provides a Sustainability Assessment Tool for businesses.
New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development Provides business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and promotes eco-efficiency, innovation and responsible entrepreneurship
Sustainable Business Network (NZ) Provides:
  • practical advice and support
  • networking
  • programme delivery
  • training
  • sustainability assessments.
The Product Stewardship Foundation A New Zealand based product stewardship group
Zero Waste New Zealand Trust A charitable organisation that has dedicated its effort towards ‘zero waste and sustainable New Zealand’


Overseas product stewardship websites and examples. Please note the Ministry for the Environment is not endorsing or supporting the views, opinions or content of these external websites.

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Brewers Association of Canada  An end of life bottle and packaging recovery, energy and water conservation programme
Bristol-Myers Squibb – Product Stewardship (Ireland)
  • Improved packaging – removing or reducing pvc in packaging, sustainable packaging committee which develops metrics, sets goals and identifies improvements. 
  • Green chemical initiatives to improve energy consumption in manufacturing process, reduce amount of chemicals and waste in process.
Electronics Product Stewardship Canada  2009 Electronics Recycling Standard – defines minimum standard for end of life for electronics.  A number of electronics companies are part of this including – Lenovo, Apple, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson and Microsoft.
European Recycling Platform (ERP) The first (2002) pan-European take-back scheme to effectively implement the European Union's Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
Forum for the Future, UK A charity committed to sustainable development. Works in partnership with businesses, cities and public sector bodies to bring about change. It offers advice, research, inspiration, capacity building, support and constant challenge
Global Product Stewardship Council The Global Product Stewardship Council is an independent, non-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship.
Mobile Muster Recycling programme for the Australian mobile phone industry
Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC)  The mission of the NWPSC is to work together and with other governments, businesses and non-profit groups to integrate product stewardship principles into the policy and economic structures of the Pacific Northwest (United States)
Product Policy Institute (PPI) A  North American not-for-profit education and technical assistance organisation. It aims to prevent waste and promotes sustainable production and consumption practices through good public policy and governance.
Product Stewardship Australia A not-for-profit, industry-led organisation that helps recover and recycle electronic and electrical products in an environmentally sound manner
Recycling Council of British Columbia (Canada)  A list of current programmes in British Columbia.  RCBC is a multi-sector, non-profit, membership driven organization that promotes the principles of zero waste through information services and the exchange of ideas and research.
Sustainability Victoria (Australia) Show the way to using resources more efficiently and reducing everyday environmental impacts
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) A national non-profit membership-based organization located in Boston, Massachusetts. PSI works with state and local government agencies to partner with manufacturers, retailers, environmental groups, federal agencies, and other key stakeholders to reduce the health and environmental impacts of consumer products.
Tire Stewardship BC (Canada)  A not-for-profit organisation to manage scrap tyre recycling
US Environmental Protection Agency The United States of America environmental protection agency has established and supported several product stewardship initiatives and provides information
US Product Stewardship for Manufacturers Product stewardship tools for manufacturers. Includes case studies.
WRAP, UK Helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more, making better use of resources

For more information about product stewardship, please email PSAccreditation@mfe.govt.nz

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Last updated: 1 February 2011