Recycling in BC
Recycling Changes 2014
RECYCLING CHANGE FAQS
Effective May 19, 2014
The changes are part of a new Product Stewardship Plan for packaging and printed paper (PPP) from residential sources. Product stewardship or Extended Producer Responsibility makes producers and consumers responsible for recycling products they produce and purchase.
In 2011, the Government of British Columbia amended the Recycling Regulation to require that, starting May 19, 2014, the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to residents assume responsibility for managing these items after residents discard them. This is called extended producer responsibility, or EPR, and the provincial government has been introducing EPR regulations for various types of materials for the past 20 years.
Starting May 19, 2014, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents will be responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled. Multi-Material BC (MMBC), a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC, either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and not-for-profit organizations.The biggest change that most residents will see is that they will be able to recycle types of packaging that are not commonly accepted in current curbside, multi-family, and depot recycling programs. In many communities, including Royston, the local governments will continue to provide the collection services.
In Royston, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will continue to operate the curbside recycling program through its contractor, Emterra Environmental.
When the MMBC PPP program launches in May, all BC communities with MMBC curbside collection will collect the same types of materials for recycling.
Many materials that will be included in the MMBC PPP program are currently accepted in the Royston curbside recycling program. Additional materials acceptable for curbside collection in Royston will include plastic plant pots, hot and cold drink cups & milk cartons.
Difficult to handle materials such as glass containers, film plastics (grocery bags/overwrap) & plastic foam packaging (i.e. Styrofoam, etc.) packaging will not be included in curbside collection, but will be accepted at local MMBC-approved recycling depots. MMBC has the responsibility to ensure these materials are collected and recycled.
Glass containers still will not be accepted in the curbside recycling pick-up program. Refundable glass containers should be delivered to Return-It Depot for deposit refund. Non–refundable containers will be accepted at the approved MMBC depot locations (refer to question 7 and 8 for a listing of locations).
Local governments in BC with existing curbside collection service were offered financial incentives to continue operating their services under the MMBC program. To be eligible for these incentives, local governments had to execute agreements with MMBC prior to November 2013, and will have to operate their recycling programs in accordance with MMBC requirements. The CVRD has entered into a contract to provide curbside recycling services for Royston residents for MMBC.
All local governments that have a contract to provide the curbside recycling service with MMBC must retain a portion of the financial incentive for education and to administer the program.
There are potential financial penalties to the CVRD or any other local government if the PPP material collected does not meet MMBC standards. Therefore, a portion of the CVRD’s incentives will go into a reserve account to manage this risk.
Once the plan is implemented, it is anticipated that a portion of the financial incentives will decrease the fees charged to residents by the CVRD for garbage and recycling pick-up with no change expected to the current pick-up schedule.
The CVRD has been approved to operate MMBC collector depots in the following locations:
MMBC Approved Depots
Comox Valley waste management centre, 2400 Pidgeon Lake Road, Cumberland
Campbell River waste management centre, 6200 Argonaut Road, Campbell River
Depot located at the old fire hall in Black Creek, 2185 Regent Road, Black Creek
Hornby Island – 3600 Central Road
Denman Island – 5901 Denman Road
Cortes Island – 1300 Squirrel Cove Road
Quadra Island – 658 Harper Road
Sayward – 652 H’Kusam Way
Zeballos – 752 Nootka Place
Tahsis – 1015 North Maquinna Drive
Gold River – 100 Hilke Road
As the new product stewardship plan rolls out, the Comox Strathcona waste management service (CSWM) will monitor other depot locations (not classified as a depot under MMBC new plan) to determine impact and operational requirements.
Non-MMBC Approved Depots
Canex Recycling Depot, 1375 Military Row, Comox
Courtenay Country Market, 5352 North Island Highway, Courtenay
BFI Canada – 4624 Cumberland Road, Cumberland
Sportsplex – 1800 Alder Street, Campbell River
Strathcona Gardens recreation complex, 225 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River
The non-MMBC locations will not be accepting MMBC approved material such as glass and plastic foam packaging (i.e. Styrofoam, etc).
Other organizations have been approved as a collector depot in this region.
Encorp Pacific (Canada)
Courtenay Return-It Depot and Comox Return-It Depot
Island Return-It Centre, 1580-F Willow Street, Campbell River
Suncoast Waste Services Ltd.(SunCoast Eco Depot) Maple Street, Campbell River
At this time, the launch date and the types of materials that will be collected at these approved MMBC depots is still unknown. The CVRD will update this information as it becomes available.
Residents are encouraged to visit http://www.multimaterialbc.ca/ for details and to sign up for email updates.
Check out MMBCs new resident-friendly website http://recyclinginbc.ca/.
The CVRD is committed to keeping residents updated as information becomes available.