Regulated product stewardship means regulations are used to increase incentives for circular resource use and the responsibilities of producers for managing end-of-life products. It can put more responsibility for a product’s life-cycle and waste management on manufacturers, importers, retailers and users, rather than on communities, councils, neighbourhoods and nature.
The first step has been taken, setting a framework for regulated product stewardship by declaring priority products and guidelines for priority product stewardship schemes.
The next steps are to work with stakeholders to co-design options for regulated product stewardship schemes, receive accreditation applications for those schemes, and consult on the potential regulation to support those schemes. Timing will vary by product.
Co-design has been completed for tyres, refrigerants, agrichemicals and large batteries
Applications for accreditation and consultation on regulations for these schemes are anticipated from 2021 onwards.
Co-design background reports are available for tyres [Tyrewise website] and refrigerants [Synthetic Refrigerant Stewardship website]
Co-design process information is available for large batteries [Battery Industry Group website].
The agrichemicals and containers co-design process has been run by the Agrecovery Foundation.
Co-design is underway for farm plastics and e-waste
Applications for accreditation and consultation on regulations for these schemes are anticipated in 2022 and 2023.
The farm plastics co-design process will be run by the Agrecovery Foundation.
Co-design process information is available for e-waste [TechCollect website].
Co-design has not yet started for plastic packaging
Consultation on proposed measures to address hard-to-recycle and single-use plastic items closed on 4 December 2020.
Visit the consultation.
Joined-up progress in these two work programmes is planned for 2021-2022.