The Province of New Brunswick has passed Bill 15 — a piece of legislation in support of product stewardship programs for various materials. The legislation as amended prohibits industry from posting visible fees to consumers.
The legislation sets out the rules via which brand owners and other producers may form stewardship boards and contract with various parties for the recycling and diversion of their waste materials at a product’s “end of life.” The prohibition of visible fees is meant to force industry to internalize costs, and therefore be motivated to manufacture products more efficiently and make them easier to recycle. Ultimately, it’s hoped that “design for the environment” (DfE) will be encouraged and waste generation will be reduced in the first place.
Industry groups lobbied heavily against the non-visible fee provision, since visible fees allow their members to externalize the costs waste management and, some say, present the fees as a kind of government tax.
The full text of the new legislation, as well an industry lobby letter, are posted under “Posted Documents” at the left side of the home page of www.solidwastemag.com Read the forthcoming August/September edition of Solid Waste & Recycling magazine for further analysis of this important legislation.