Product Stewardship

California toxics in packaging

“This law affects every manufacturer, distributor, and reseller regardless of where the package was manufactured; therefore, it is extremely important to comply with this regulation when applicable to your facility.”

On 1 January 2006, California imposed the Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act that limits the quantity of heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium in product packaging. Since packaging comprises approximately one-third of domestic waste, the goal of this legislation will curb the amount of heavy metals entering municipal and solid waste streams, which will consequentially reduce the amount of waste in landfills and incinerators. This law affects every manufacturer, distributor, and reseller regardless of where the package was manufactured; therefore, it is extremely important to comply with this regulation when applicable to your facility. JECSI will assess the materials manufactured, distributed, or sold by your facility to determine if this regulation pertains to products at your facility and will aid in the preparation of the proper certification and supporting documentation to ensure compliance.

 

Corporate sustainability

“Companies that successfully address these changing expectations stand to gain a competitive advantage over those who do not.”

JECSI provides technical and strategic assistance to companies facing the public’s changing expectations of industry accountability that seek “sustainable” performance in addition to financial returns. Decision makers are increasingly expected to accord equal importance to standards of corporate governance, environmental performance, and socially responsible corporate behavior. Companies that successfully address these changing expectations stand to gain a competitive advantage over those who do not.

JECSI works with clients to define their position on a range of environmental issues and to establish related corporate practices and behavior. Engagements typically include reviewing and benchmarking current performance; devising key performance indicators (KPIs) appropriate to the business; and developing and implementing strategies and policies to manage and monitor corporate environmental practices.JECSI also offers clients a wide-range of reporting services—from facility-centered Greenhouse Gas surveys to overall carbon footprint evaluations to overall Corporate Sustainability Reports covering carbon footprints, waste management, water and energy consumption.

JECSI also hosts web-based corporate and facility data acquisition and data reporting applications through its [Cloud]® EHS platform.

 

Euro-RoHS/REACH

“JECSI provides strategic assistance with REACH pre-registration, registration, and authorization of substances under Annex XIV.”

REACH is a European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006) and requires the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances. The law entered into force on 1 June 2007 and its provisions are phased in over 11 years.

REACH creates a general obligation for EU manufacturers and importers of substances to submit a registration to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki for each substance manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or above per year. The regulation exempts certain substances that are adequately regulated under other legislation, like medicinal products, or that generally present such low risks as not to require registration, like water, oxygen, certain noble gases, and cellulose pulp.

Non-EU producers or exporters do not have direct obligations under the REACH regulation; however, to ensure a market for their products, they should register their products by either through their EU clients or through “only representative” legal entities of their own, specifically created to fulfill the obligations of importers.

JECSI provides strategic assistance with REACH pre-registration, registration, and authorization of substances under Annex XIV.

 

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