Part 4 – Printed Paper & Packaging diversion results – are they as accurate?

MMBC consultant report published in the spring 2012 (“Current System for Managing Residential Packaging & Printed Paper”) states that there is an “estimated” 350,000 to 400,000 of residential Printed Paper & Packaging (PPP) in BC. These estimated tonnes are the denominator the consultant’s report uses for estimating current diversion rates in the province. Based on a survey that they conducted, approximately 210,700 Mt or PPP is being diverted from landfills currently. These tonnes are the numerator used. Assuming that this “survey” identified the numerator correctly, and assuming that the “estimated” denominator is correct, the report stated that the diversion results ...

Metro Vancouver’s challenge in delivering 70% diversion by 2015

Metro Vancouver handles over a million Metric Tonnes ( Mt’s ) of garbage each year at its seven regional transfer stations (The City of Vancouver operates their own garbage transfer station). 600,000 Mt of this volume is largely delivered by the haulers of the region, who are hauling for their commercial clients ( otherwise know as the Institutional, Commercial and Industrial clients or “ICI” ). For those of you that don’t know, Metro Vancouver owns the garbage transfer station infrastructure and subcontracts facility operations. Once the garbage is received it is transferred to the Burnaby Incinerator or Cache Creek Landfill. ...

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Part 3 – Challenges with respect to Collection of PPP Basket of Goods

Currently the status in BC is that higher population regions, cities and towns have curbside blue bin collection, where either city or contracted vehicles collect and aggregate the materials to a processing facility. In many remote regions and towns the accepted collection method for residential recycling seems to be centralized community depot points, where either civic or private collectors service the depots and aggregate the material to the nearest processing facility. In many rural regions in BC local entrepreneurs have also stepped into residential collection services, by providing “user pay” garbage and recycling collection for residents. In high population density ...

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Part 2 – Communication is going to present challenges with PPP EPR

In my view there are several communication priorities that will have to be tackled with PPP EPR.  Some of the priorities must include: What is the goal? Is it 75% diversion of the aggregate or 75% of each of the individual grades of PPP? Clear and open discussions with the PPP stakeholders, including municipalities, private recycling businesses that provide collection, processing and marketing of PPP products now, non-profits, the public, and of course the producers themselves. Communications with the public on the plan and changes, how to sort, what to include etc.   Achieving 75% diversion from landfill is a lofty ...