Put MMBC recycling program on hold: BBOT

Burnaby Board of Trade president and CEO Paul Holden -
Burnaby Board of Trade president and CEO Paul Holden
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There are too many concerns among a variety of industries for the province's new recycling regulations to go ahead as is, says the Burnaby Board of Trade.

The BBOT is urging the provincial government to delay implementation of the new regulations under the Multi Materials BC (MMBC) stewardship program.

It applauded recent changes that will exempt small businesses—those with less than $1 million in annual revenue, which produce less than one tonne of printed paper or packaging or which operate as a single point of retail sale.

Such businesses, more than 95 per cent of businesses in B.C., will not have to bear the cost and burden of participating in the MMBC program, BBOT noted in a press release.

But there are growing concerns from other businesses and sectors that will be hurt by the regulations in terms of their competitiveness and longterm viability.

“As there are many industries and businesses that still have concerns and questions about the MMBC program, I feel it is appropriate that we put the brakes on these regulations until this can be sorted out,” said BBOT president and CEO Paul Holden.

“After 30 years in the newspaper and magazine sector, I understand their concerns particularly and appreciate the unique importance of that industry to our communities. But there are also many other businesses who do not understand how MMBC will impact them or do not feel that they have been appropriately consulted.”

The BBOT will be contacting local MLAs and the Minister of Environment calling for the provincial government to take the time to address the concerns.

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