StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. and Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. have announced a collaborative agreement under a proposal to expand producer-funded collection and recycling services for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia.
The StewardChoice program is aimed at providing producer-funded collection and recycling to residents not being serviced, particularly those living in multi-family dwellings. This accounts for more than 20 per cent of BC households, primarily due to educational material for residents, inconvenient recycling bin locations and insufficient bin capacity to store recyclables.
“We are very pleased to have Progressive Waste Solutions, a leading BC waste and recycling services provider, come on board to support the development of the new EPR program,” says Neil Hastie, development director for StewardChoice Enterprises. “Their involvement will provide choice and flexibility for producers and other stakeholders within the recycling supply chain as we work collaboratively to increase valuable material recovery and reduce overall system costs.”
StewardChoice’s draft stewardship plan offers producers an opportunity to fulfill their obligations under the BC Recycling Regulation to recover at least 75 per cent of their packaging and printed paper in the marketplace.
“We believe that open and competitive markets provide producers and other stakeholders with cost-efficient collection and recycling services and facilitates more innovation in the marketplace,” stated Tom Loewen, the BC Area Manager for Progressive Waste Solutions. “This proposed program is also consistent with the BC government’s desire to encourage more private sector investment and innovation in the province.
In June, StewardChoice released its draft plan for public consultation. Prior to submitting the final plan to the BC Ministry of Environment, StewardChoice will engage in public consultation with stakeholders over a minimum 45-day period as required by the Ministry. Once the plan is approved, the new recycling service will commence as early as next year initially in multi-family buildings.