Changes to recycling came into effect May 19, 2014: The changes are part of a new Product Stewardship Plan for packaging and printed paper (PPP) from residential sources. Product stewardship or Extended Producer Responsibility makes producers and consumers responsible for recycling products they produce and purchase.
CSWM Recycling Depot Overview May 2014 Video Links (outside links)
1. WHY DID THE RECYCLING SYSTEM CHANGE?
In 2011, the Government of British Columbia amended the Recycling Regulation to require that, starting May 19, 2014, the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to residents assume responsibility for managing these items after residents discard them. This is called extended producer responsibility, or EPR, and the provincial government has been introducing EPR regulations for various types of materials for the past 20 years.
2. WHO RUNS THE NEW PROGRAM AND WHEN DID IT START?
Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC), a not-for-profit agency, has been set up by manufacturers and retailers to manage the collection and processing of PPP materials. MMBC program start date was May 19, 2014. The biggest change that most residents will notice is that they will be able to recycle types of packaging that were not commonly accepted in current curbside, multi-family, and depot recycling programs. Acceptable materials for MMBC approved depots. In many communities, the local governments continue to provide the collection and depot services.
3. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE RECYCLING DEPOT LOCATIONS WITHIN THE REGION?
The CSWM is approved to operate MMBC collector depots in the following locations:
MMBC Approved Recycling Depots
• Comox Valley waste management centre - 2400 Pidgeon Lake Road, Cumberland
• Campbell River waste management centre - 6200 Argonaut Road, Campbell River
• Island Return-It -1580-F Willow Street, Campbell River
• Hornby Island – 3600 Central Road
• Denman Island – 5901 Denman Road
• Cortes Island – 1300 Squirrel Cove Road
• Gold River – 100 Hilke Road
• Sayward – 652 H’Kusam Way
• Tahsis – 1015 North Maquinna Drive
• Zeballos – 752 Nootka Place
Difficult to collect items such as glass containers, polyethylene film plastics (grocery/shopping bags),and Styrofoam packaging, will not be included in curbside collection but will be accepted at local MMBC approved recycling depots (Campbell River locations map and Comox Valley locations map). MMBC has the responsibility to ensure these materials are collected and recycled.
Non-MMBC Approved Recycling Depots
• Depot located at the old fire hall in Black Creek - 2185 Regent Road, Black Creek
• Canex Recycling Depot - 1375 Military Row, Comox *7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Courtenay Country Market - 5352 North Island Highway, Courtenay
• Quadra Island – 658 Harper Road
• Sportsplex – 1800 Alder Street, Campbell River
• Strathcona Gardens recreation complex - 225 South Dogwood Street, Campbell River
These non-MMBC locations will not be accepting MMBC approved material such as glass and plastic foam packaging (i.e. Styrofoam, etc). (Campbell River locations map and Comox Valley locations map)
As the new product stewardship plan rolls out, the CSWM service will monitor these depot locations to determine impact and operational requirements.
4. HAVE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS BEEN APPROVED TO BE A DEPOT COLLECTOR UNDER MMBC’S NEW PLAN?
Other organizations have been approved as a MMBC collector depot in this region.These include the Sun Coast Eco depot in Campbell River and the Encorp Return-It Centre in Courtenay. These locations will collect materials such as paper, cardboard aluminum, plastic, plastic foam packaging (ie. Styrofoam) and glass. Location maps of MMBC-approved depots are listed below:
5. WHAT ABOUT GLASS?
Glass containers still will not be accepted in the curbside recycling pick-up program. Refundable glass containers should be delivered to depots for deposit refund. Non–refundable containers will be accepted at the approved MMBC depot locations (refer to question 3 for a listing of locations).
Recycling in BC - changes
May 19, 2014
Multi-Material BC Packaging and Printed Paper Recycling Program:
Accepted Materials for CSWM MMBC Depot Collection – Effective May 19, 2014
CR news release
Multi-bin recycling location changing at Sportsplex