Part 1 – Background to Extended Producer Responsiblity Challenges in BC

In British Columbia, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Printed Paper & Packaging (PPP) is driven by the producer’s obligation to achieve 75% diversion of the PPP that they sell into the Province.  To further elaborate, this obligation was created in May of 2011 when the BC Recycling Regulation was updated to include printed paper & packaging.  I have tried to translate what this obligation really means: Translation …obligation means that the producer will pay for 100% of the costs associated with recycling PPP in BC. Translation…producers will be mandated to get 75% of their product recovered and sent to a viable ...

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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BC will create 6 million tonnes of garbage in 2012

In BC we will create 6 million metric tonnes of garbage, only 2.2 million tonnes are going to be diverted from landfill.  In this day and age, how can this be possible?  This is almost 1.5 metric tonnes of garbage per person in 2012. Have you ever been to a landfill (or garbage dump)?  If not, I would recommend a tour.  The City of Vancouver that runs the Burns Bog landfill in Delta (my home community) gives an excellent tour of their landfill.    It is amazing to see the volume of “crap” that is being pushed around, buried by the next load of ...

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Should glass be in or out of the recycling blue box?

Should Glass be in or out of the Blue Box? In BC in particular, the glass container prompts a lot of debate in the recycling industry. The glass bottle or container is of course one of the older, more traditional forms of packaging for a variety of products ranging from beverages to all sorts to other edibles. Glass is a very effective and esthetically pleasing container that has been seen on grocery shelves for more than a century. Glass, when intact, can be easily collected, sorted and diverted for recycling. In BC with our Deposit system, this is currently the ...

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