The BCBRDA ( BC Bottle and Recycling Depot Association) has for over a decade continued to campaign for the creation of an “Independent Governing Agency / Recycling Management Board. This has not been a quick or easy campaign and we have enlisted the support of a significant number stakeholders and media along the way.
In the past ten years BC has had 3 Ministers of Environment and with the exception of a remaining few, a large turnover of MoE and other governmental staff. Fractured depot representation complicates matters. Government is reluctant to act on the wishes of fractured industry groups.
There has also been push back from EPR stewards who do not want an“Independent Governing Agency”. The fear is that the Alberta utility model could be brought into BC and change the nature and power of some current organizations. An “Independent Governing Agency” would level the playing field for all stakeholders.