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2/4/2014 Media Release
Recycling Regulations Rationalized


MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Recycling Regulations Rationalized

February 4, 2014 – Victoria, BC – The Chamber applauds the B.C. government for listening to B.C.’s Chamber network and amending a recycling regulation. The pending regulation that was the source of substantial concern among businesses, will now impact less than 1% of B.C.’s businesses.

“This is a huge relief to our local business community,” said Bruce Carter, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber. “This change exempts the majority of our local businesses from new costs and red tape.”

The regulation targeting packaging and printed paper (PPP) is slated to go into force in May.

The B.C. government has announced that it will enshrine in regulation an exemption for any B.C. business that meets any of the following criteria:

  • annual revenues of less than $1 million;
  • less than 1 tonne of packaging and printed paper produced annually and/or
  • a single point of retail sale (and not supplied by or operated as part of a franchise, chain or under a banner).

That means that less than 3,000 businesses in the province will be captured by the regulation, instead of more than 385,000.

Carter noted that The Chamber supports the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR), which aligns with B.C. business values, but cautioned that EPR programs need to be implemented carefully to avoid unintended consequences.

The Chamber network throughout B.C. raised the alarm about the regulation last summer after businesses across the province were contacted about coming new obligations and fees by Multi Material BC (MMBC), the agency charged with producing a stewardship plan under the regulation.

“It became clear that this regulation would have unintended fallout for businesses, and particularly small businesses, across B.C.,” said Carter. “As a Chamber network, we knew we needed to roll up our sleeves, get to work and fix this thing.”

Backed by local Chambers, the BC Chamber of Commerce worked extensively with the B.C. government and MMBC to hammer out a way forward that avoided a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

“This exemption is a testament to a responsive government that’s serious about its commitment to businesses and to cutting red tape,” said John Winter, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.

“Our local Chambers have worked heroically on this file, pushing hard for the on-the-ground needs of B.C. businesses,” Winter said. “Our partnership with local Chambers, such as the Victoria Chamber, has been crucial to achieving this victory.”

The BC Chamber and its network of local Chambers will carefully monitor the implementation of this regulation, to ensure that any further issues are quickly identified.

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For more information contact:
Janet Crocker
Policy and Communications Manager
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Email: jcrocker@victoriachamber.ca
Phone: (250) 360-3476

Bruce Carter
CEO
Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Email:: bcarter@victoriachamber.ca
Phone: (250)360-3470

 

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