2014-2015 Product List

Product list and notices - 25 June 2014

In accordance with Section 108A of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 (the Act), the Minister for the Environment has approved the listing of the classes of products below.

The following classes of products are those for which the Minister will consider, during 2014-2015, whether some form of accreditation or regulation under the Act might be appropriate. All classes of products listed were previously listed in 2013-2014. These classes of products remain the highest priorities for consideration of possible product stewardship approaches and therefore they are listed again.

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 at least 12 months notification be given that a class of products is being considered for some form of accreditation or regulation under the Act before regulations may be made in relation to that class of products. The product list serves as this notice.

Note: The 2013-2014 list included ‘End-of-life batteries less than 2kg’. Consideration of possible product stewardship approaches by the Battery Implementation Working Group has expanded the scope to ‘End-of-life batteries less than 5kg’ and this class of products is listed for 2014-2015.

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.

 
End-of-life batteries (less than 5kg 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 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.
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 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 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.