B.C. is the leader when it comes to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs in Canada, according to the Recycling Council of BC (RCBC), and now you can find all the information about that province’s programs in one easy-to-locate place on the internet! RCBC has created a web page that contains at-a-glance information on every stewardship program on the west coast. It provides contact information, links to websites and also has a status box that tells you when a stewardship plan will be updated, if a review is expected, and when.
“We’re always looking for new ways to service our membership and the community at large,” says RCBC Executive Director Brock Macdonald. “We were surprised to discover the information had never been collected in one easy-to-access spot…until now.”
This dovetails nicely with RCBC’s 2010 Zero Waste Conference theme, “The Future Starts Now — Making The Transition to Full EPR.” Says Macdonald, “By the end of the next decade, the majority of B.C.’s solid waste will be divided into two streams: organics, managed by local government, and consumer-related materials, managed through EPR programs. We plan to kick-start the discussion on how we make the transition from a taxpayer-funded system to one paid for by end-users in which industry manages its products through the entire lifecycle, in a closed-loop, cradle-to-cradle system.”
The conference, which attracts about 250 industry professionals from around B.C. and North America takes place May 25-27 in Whistler B.C. RCBC is taking proposals from speakers for talks, workshops and presentations that fit with this year’s theme, and applications for trade show space.