Part 6 – Should glass be included or excluded from the Blue Box in BC?

PPP EPR has been in the news in a big way recently, with the focus entirely on glass.  MMBC is taking some heat from Metro Vancouver and local governments for asking the question, should glass be in or out of the blue box?  It seems that this question has sparked the interest of the mainstream media, as they have certainly weighed in with news stories that have solicited plenty of resident comments online. I believe it is a question worth asking and debating.  Glass is a highly abrasive form of packaging that has been historically very difficult to deal with ...

Part 5 – Will Ministry of Environment Guidelines for PPP-EPR Produce the Best Plan?

To most of us keen recyclers and Zero Waste advocates, the BC Recycling Regulation is a bit of a mystery. Perhaps I should not generalize, but until recently the Recycling Regulation did not influence or participate in my day to day life as CEO of Urban Impact Recycling.  But in May of 2011, this changed.  With one pen stroke government was to become part of my everyday business life. In May of 2011 the addition of “Schedule 5” to the Recycling Regulation transferred the responsibility for dealing with residentially produced Printed Paper & Packaging from local governments to the producers.  ...

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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 ...

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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