We talked about this last year. But now the new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program is only months away from being enacted, and while there is more information available, there are also more questions.
What follows is a brief overview of the program and how it may affect our clients. You can also download all of this information in PDF form here. Whether or not you are a Hemlock client, post any questions you may have about this program in the comments and we’ll help however we can.
What is MMBC?
MMBC is a not-for-profit agency formed to develop a stewardship plan to satisfy the requirements of the new BC Recycling Regulations for Packaging & Printed Paper (PPP), which affect businesses that package goods or supply printed paper to British Columbia residents, making them physically and financially responsible for the costs of recycling these materials for residents in BC. The legislation is also intended to provide incentives to producers to take environmental considerations into the design of their products.
Why is it important to understand the changes?
MMBC is tasked to transition responsibility for end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper (PPP) from municipal governments and their taxpayers to industry and their consumers. This Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) model applies to several dozen other product categories (electronics, paint and solvents, pharmaceuticals, tires and other materials) in the province and has also been in place on the paper and packaging category in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba for a number of years. Alberta and Saskatchewan are actively exploring potential application in their provinces, and in fact the program is part of a Canada-wide action plan set out by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) to increase diversion and recycling of municipal solid waste.
When does it take effect?
Legislation was passed by the BC Government/Ministry of Environment in May 2011, and is currently scheduled to go into effect May 2014.
Who does it impact?
It is important to note that only British Columbia based producers will be impacted by this legislation.
You are considered a “producer” under this legislation if you are (1) the brand owner, first importer or franchisor of a (2) BC-based organization or company that (3) supplies any packaging and/or printing paper into the BC residential market directly via mail, courier, factory premises or door-to-door, or indirectly through a retailer, distributor or franchisee.
Industries predominantly affected are food and consumer packaged goods, personal care products, grocery, drug and mass merchandise retailers, quick service restaurants, newspapers, magazines and directories, banks, financial institutions, insurance and utility companies and electronics companies.
What are the costs associated with the program? Continue reading