MMBC takes over recycling program in British Columbia

Nearly 1.25 million British Columbians in 88 communities will gain blue box residential recycling services.

May 21, 2014
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Municipal / IC&I Paper
Multi-Material BC (MMBC), a nonprofit organization headquartered in British Columbia, has officially assumed responsibility for financing and delivering recycling services for packaging and printed paper across British Columbia.

MMBC is responding on behalf of more than 900 companies that have stepped up to meet the province’s new recycling regulation that shifts responsibility for recycling the materials from taxpayers to the businesses that produce them.

Communities will see the services rolling out between May and September of 2014.

“This marks an important and exciting milestone for recycling in the province,” says Allen Langdon, MMBC’s managing director. “MMBC member organizations, collectors and communities have been working tirelessly to have everything in place for our launch, and we are ready to deliver blue box residential recycling services to nearly 1.25 million British Columbians in 88 communities.”

Langdon continues, “We are looking forward to working in partnership with all those involved in delivering recycling services, and residents who are critical to helping us reach our goal of increasing recycling rates from 53 percent to 75 percent.”

Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay says, “We are proud of the fact that Port Moody already has one of the highest recycling rates in the world, and by being able to add new materials to our bins thanks to the MMBC program, we will be able to continue our commitment to being a leading green and sustainable community. By putting the responsibility for paying for printed paper and packaging recycling back in the hands of industry members who create the products, we are also going to reduce the recycling utility fee by up to $57 per Port Moody household by 2015,” Clay adds.

MMBC is among more than 20 extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs introduced in British Columbia over the past two decades, which has seen industry assume responsibility for end-of-life management of items such as beverage containers, electronics, paint, used oil, tires and batteries.

EPR programs shift responsibility for recycling items to the producers who created them. Similar programs for packaging and printed paper have been successfully implemented in Ontario, Manitoba and Québec with other provinces expected to follow suit.