MMBC recycling program expands in British Columbia

Industry-funded recycling program expands to include five more cities in Canadian province.

July 29, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Municipal / IC&I Paper

Multi-Material BC (MMBC), an industry-funded take-back program for packaging and printed paper based in Vancouver has announced that five more communities in British Columbia will start receiving recycling services.

MMBC rolled out curbside collection services in the city of Coquitlam July 2, 2014, and residents in the village of Anmore will start receiving service Aug. 1, 2014. Services also will start in Quesnel, Prince George and University Endowment Lands in September, MMBC reports. About 25,000 of the more than 55,000 additional households receiving recycling services from MMBC will have curbside recycling for the first time.

Residents of the five new communities will be added to the more than 1.25 million residents of British Columbia whose service started May 19, 2014.

"Quesnel welcomes the MMBC program as it will provide a number of benefits for our residents," says the city’s Mayor Mary Sjostrom. "Not only has the program removed the financial burden of running recycling services from our residents, but the expanded range of what can be recycled is making a significant contribution to keeping our community green and extending the life of our landfill."

Allen Langdon, managing director of MMBC, says, "Since our program launched, we have been making it easier for residents to recycle more, whether by accepting materials like aerosol containers, paper beverage cups or plastic plant pots that previously were not recycled in curbside programs or by providing recycling services in communities that previously did not have access to them.”

He continues, “We have been extremely pleased with the positive feedback we've heard from our local government and First Nations partners. We look forward to continuing to expand recycling services into new communities as our member base of businesses grows."

In addition to the new curbside and multifamily building programs, MMBC's network of more than 160 depots also continues to expand. On July 15, 2014, the Armstrong, British Columbia, Bottle Depot and the Venture Bottle Depot in Lumby began accepting MMBC materials.

"We would like to acknowledge MMBC for recognizing the concerns of our residents, which included losing the ability to drop off glass locally," says Chris Pieper, mayor of Armstrong. "MMBC worked with our local depot to adjust the service to our community. The program is helping our residents recycle more and reduce what gets sent to landfill, as well as ensuring good recycling services are available locally to our residents."

Additional details about MMBC's packaging and printed paper recycling program, including the full list of materials that are accepted, are available at

More information, including lists of MMBC collectors and members, is available at