If you are a business that sells products with packaging and/or printed paper (PPP) to residents in BC, recent changes to the BC recycling regulation may affect you.
Packaging and printed paper (PPP) recycling is changing in British Columbia (BC). Under Schedule 5 of the Recycling Regulation, producers (i.e., brand owners and first sellers) that introduce packaging or printed paper into the BC residential marketplace were required to submit a stewardship plan, or be part of a plan submitted on their behalf, to the BC Ministry of Environment (MOE) by November 19, 2012 and then to implement the plan in May 2014.
Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) submitted a PPP Stewardship Plan on behalf of its members to the MOE on November 19, 2012, as required, and submitted an updated PPP Stewardship Plan on February 25, 2013 and resubmitted an updated PPP Stewardship Plan on April 9, 2013. MMBC has received a letter from BC’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) approving the April 2013 PPP Stewardship Plan.
Producers which did not submit a stewardship plan for their PPP or join an organization which submitted a plan on their behalf can still take steps to be in compliance with the Regulation.
To Comply Join MMBC
Producers can choose to appoint MMBC as their agent to fulfill their obligation under the BC Regulation by signing and returning a Letter of Intent to MMBC. Forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Producers had until November 19, 2012, to submit their own stewardship plan or sign onto a stewardship plan, such as MMBC’s. If you haven’t acted yet, you have until March 31, 2013, to appoint MMBC as your agent to perform your obligations under the Recycling Regulation.
MMBC held informations sessions for BC Businesses in early March 2013 to help them comply with the BC Recycling Regulation. The deadline for complying with these changes was November 19, 2012 and is now overdue.
You may also wish to review:
Updated PPP Stewardship Plan Submitted to BC Ministry of Environment on April 9, 2013
Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) has updated the Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan originally submitted to the Ministry of Environment on November 19, 2012, updated on February 25, 2013 and now updated and resubmitted on April 9, 2013. MMBC has received a letter from BC’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) approving the April 2013 PPP Stewardship Plan.
In this PPP Stewardship Plan, dated April 8, 2013, MMBC has clarified:
- The relationship between collectors and processors described in Section 4.6;
- The objective of the research and development activities to address unrecyclable PPP;
- The current performance of the PPP collection system;
- Collection services described in Section 5.2; and
- The recovery target, accessibility performance and pollution prevention hierarchy performance measures in Appendix C.
The updated plan also includes:
- A modified definition of recovery rate in the glossary to change the numerator from quantity of PPP recycled or recovered to quantity of PPP collected; and
- A new Appendix B that sets out the number of single-family and multi-family households, by regional district, receiving collection service (from Appendix C in the Current System for Managing Residential Packaging and Printed Paper in BC, March 2012) and an estimate of the number of households currently receiving garbage curbside collection.
The following version of the April 8 PPP Stewardship Plan shows the clarifications and additions marked in track changes.
- PPP Stewardship Plan submitted on April 9, 2013 marked to show revisions from the February 25, 2013 version