Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs take note!

If Extended Producer Responsibility programs could work towards this, I think the war on waste would be won!  Do you agree? ...

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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Extended Producer Responsibility might not be our waste saviour …

Everyone is banking on Extended Producer Responsiblity as being the way to save ourselves from mountains of garbage in BC and in other jurisdictions.   I have heard lots of arguments for and against transfering the cost of collection, recycling and marketing of products to the producers. I do believe that fundementally it makes sense and EPR could drive packaging improvements (less waste), reduce costs by streamlining services and collection and theoretically more product will help drive innovative uses for the product collected.  Did I mention “could”? For me it is a big, could. My fear is that EPR will not ...

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MMBC Needs to Engage the Recycling Experts

May 2014 may seem like a long way away, but in truth we do not have a lot of time to prepare for the changes that are coming to the very complex residential recycling industry that serves the BC market in urban, suburban and rural areas. I have several concerns with respect to the Printed Paper & Packaging stewardship plan and the system design options that are being considered. My concern begins with MMBC itself. MMBC is the association that has been formed by the Stewards to spearhead the process of preparing a plan for PPP EPR in BC. They will likely be the ...

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