Product list and notices

2013-14 Product List - 30 June 2013

Under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act) there is a requirement to publish a product list every year. Publishing this list serves two purposes. Firstly, it provides certainty to the community and business about what is being considered for coverage under the Act. Secondly, the Act requires any future mandatory or co-regulatory approach to be proceeded by 12 months notice before a particular product can have such a regulatory approach applied.

In determining the final product list, the Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water sought advice from a range of sources including the Product Stewardship Advisory Group, the COAG Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW), jurisdictional priorities, industry stakeholders, and international obligations. The Parliamentary Secretary has approved the listing of the classes of products below.

Classes of products Reasons
Waste architectural and decorative paint Paint is sold in a national market and contains hazardous substances which have the potential to harm the environment if they are not effectively managed.

The disposal of paint involves a significant cost to governments. Waste paint is often cited as the highest volume component of household hazardous waste collections.

There is potential to increase the recovery of resources and to reduce impacts on the environment through the increased collection and recycling of waste paint.

There is currently a pilot program involving industry and government to increase recycling of waste paint.
 
End-of-life handheld batteries (less than 2kg in weight) Batteries are sold in a national market, they contain hazardous substances which have the potential to harm the environment if they are not effectively managed, and their disposal involves a cost to governments.

There is potential to increase the recovery of resources and to reduce impacts on the environment through increased collection and recycling of end-of-life batteries. It has been estimated that only 5% of the 12,000 tonnes of end-of-life batteries produced every year are recycled.
 
Packaging (and subsets of packaging, such as consumer packaging and beverage packaging) Packaging is in a national market, there is potential to significantly increase the recovery of resources from used packaging, and there is potential to significantly reduce the impact used packaging has on the environment, including through reduction of litter.

A notice to list packaging, and its subsets, was issued on 19 December 2011. Consideration for packaging will continue into the 2013-14 financial year.
End-of-life air conditioners with small gas charges Air conditioners are sold within a national market by companies that operate on a national level.

The proposed collection and destruction of these products, and the ozone depleting substances or synthetic greenhouse gases they contain, has the potential to significantly reduce the impact on the environment, or on the health and safety of human beings.
 
End-of-life refrigerators with small gas charges Refrigerators are sold within a national market by companies that operate on a national level.

The proposed collection and destruction of these products, and the ozone depleting substances or synthetic greenhouse gases they contain, has the potential to significantly reduce the impact on the environment, or on the health and safety of human beings.