Chamber Welcomes Changes to Recycling Regulations

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February 04, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chamber Welcomes Recycling Regulation Changes to Protect B.C. Businesses

(Tri-Cities) February 4, 2014 The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government for listening to B.C.’s Chamber network and amending a recycling regulation that was causing substantial concern among businesses.  Because of this amendment, the new recycling regulation will impact less that 1% of B.C.’s businesses.

“We are very pleased to see that the B.C. Government listened to the concerns of small businesses through the Chamber Network,” said Michael Hind, Executive Director of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. “These improvements will significantly reduce the red tape and costs for our small business community.”

The regulation targets packaging and printed paper (PPP) and is slated to go into force in May.

The B.C. government has announced that it will enshrine in regulation an exemption for any B.C. business that meets any of the following criteria:

·       annual revenues of less than $1 million;

·       less than 1 tonne of packaging and printed paper produced annually and/or

·       a single point of retail sale (and not supplied by or operated as part of a franchise, chain or under a banner).

The exemptions mean that less than 3,000 businesses in the province will be captured by the regulation, out of more than 385,000.

The Chamber network throughout B.C. raised the alarm about the regulation last summer after businesses across the province were contacted about coming new obligations and fees by Multi Material BC (MMBC), the agency charged with producing a stewardship plan under the regulation.

“The Tri-Cities Chamber Public Policy Committee and Chambers across the province worked on this file with the B.C. Chamber. Together we were able to engage with the Government to make the changes needed for a more balanced policy,” said Hind.

Backed by local Chambers, the BC Chamber of Commerce worked extensively with the B.C. government and MMBC to hammer out a way forward that avoided a “one-size-fits-all” approach.  

“Today’s announcement is the fruit of those labours: A re-tooled regulation that achieves B.C.’s environmental goals, while protecting the vast majority of B.C. businesses from new costs and red tape,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber.

Winter commended the B.C. government for actively listening to, and responding to, businesses’ needs.

“This exemption is a testament to a responsive government that’s serious about its commitment to businesses and to cutting red tape,” Winter said.

Winter also commended local Chambers throughout B.C. for helping drive the solution.

“Our local Chambers have worked heroically on this file, pushing hard for the on-the-ground needs of B.C. businesses,” Winter said. “Our partnership with local Chambers, such as the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, has been crucial to achieving this victory.”

The BC Chamber and its network of local Chambers will carefully monitor the implementation of this regulation, to ensure that any further issues are quickly identified.

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BACKGROUNDER
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

Contact:
Laura Melvin, Communications & Marketing Manager
laura@tricitieschamber.com, (604) 464-2716