Local and international product stewardship initiatives

This page has information and links to local and international product stewardship initiatives that are not accredited under the Waste Minimisation Act.

Please note that the Ministry for the Environment does not necessarily endorse or support the views, opinions or content of the external websites linked to below.

Local sources and examples

Sustainable Business Council

Provides business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development, and promotes eco-efficiency, innovation and responsible entrepreneurship.

Sustainable Business Network

Provides practical advice and support, networking, programme delivery, training and sustainability assessments.

Product Stewardship Foundation

A New Zealand-based product stewardship group.

International sources and examples

Bristol-Myers Squibb – Product Stewardship (Ireland)

A biotechnology company with product stewardship schemes to:

  • improve packaging – Bristol-Myers Squibb has a sustainable packaging committee that develops metrics, sets goals and identifies improvements. It aims to remove or reduce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in packaging.
  • improve energy consumption – green chemical initiatives to improve energy consumption and reduce the amount of chemicals and waste in the manufacturing process.

Electronics Product Stewardship Canada 

A not-for-profit organisation for electronics recycling approved under the 2009 Electronics Recycling Standard, which defines minimum standard for end of life for electronics.  A number of electronics companies participate in approved recycling schemes, including Lenovo, Apple, Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson and Microsoft.

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

An independent, not-for-profit incorporated association dedicated to understanding and advancing the principles of product stewardship.


Recycling programme for the Australian mobile phone industry.

Northwest Product Stewardship Council (NWPSC) 

A coalition of government organisations that 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.


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.

Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC)

RCBC is a multi-sector, non-profit, membership driven organisation that promotes zero waste through information services and the exchange of ideas and research.

Sustainability Victoria (Australia)

Delivers waste management and efficient resource use programmes in Victoria, Australia.

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI)

A national non-profit membership-based organisation 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 that is a resource for pollution prevention information. It assists sectors with information, education, and decision-making about pollution prevention.

Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

A not-for-profit organisation that researches and advises on pollution prevention.

WRAP (working together for a world without waste), UK

Helps individuals, businesses and local authorities to reduce waste and recycle more.