With the July 1 start-up of a voluntary stewardship program for plastic milk jugs, the Alberta dairy industry became the first in Canada to take responsibility for all of its containers. (See article in June/July issue, page 37.) Under a two-year Memorandum of Understanding between the Alberta Dairy Council and the province, a Container Recovery Fund will be set up and a multi-stakeholder steering committee (including grocers, municipalities, producers, consumers and provincial reps) will be established to provide support. The program will be funded by dairy processors that will pay two-cents per four-litre HDPE and one cent per two-litre HDPE container based on unit sales. Municipal participation is voluntary and municipalities may opt to have private or non-
profit groups operate depot collection on their behalf. The program is expected to achieve 75 per cent recovery before the MOU expires. Renewal will be based on performance.
Contact Dan Wong, 604-682-2205
In related news, New Brunswick is expected to amend its deposit-return system to allow the inclusion of milk containers some time this fall.