Burns Lake Return-It Recycling Depot accepting MMBC materials

Announcement   June 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burns Lake Return-It Recycling Depot accepting MMBC materials

Vancouver, June 2, 2015—Starting today, Burns Lake and area residents can take their packaging and printed paper recyclables to Burns Lake Return-It Recycling Depot, without charge, as it joins the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) network of nearly 200 depots. Burns Lake Return-It Recycling Depot, located at 113 Park Street in Burns Lake, accepts all materials in MMBC’s residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, including non-deposit glass bottles and jars, plastic bags and plastic foam packaging, newsprint, cardboard, household papers, metal containers, plastic containers, and cartons and paper cups.

“We are pleased to provide the residents of Burns Lake with an option to recycle packaging and printed paper recycling,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of MMBC. “One of our goals with the MMBC recycling program is to make it easier for residents to recycle more.”

Additional details about MMBC’s residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, including the full list of materials that are accepted, are available at www.RecyclinginBC.ca.

In May 2014, MMBC assumed responsibility for curbside, multi-family, and depot recycling programs in many areas across BC as a result of changes made to the provincial Recycling Regulation to shift responsibility for end-of-life management of packaging and printed paper from governments and their taxpayers to the businesses that produce these materials. On behalf of those businesses, MMBC manages recycling programs, either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and other non-profit organizations.

MMBC is among more than 20 extended producer responsibility programs introduced in British Columbia over the past two decades, which has seen industry assume responsibility for end-of-life management of items such as beverage containers, electronics, paint, used oil, tires and batteries. The concept behind extended producer responsibility is to make businesses responsible for collecting and recycling the products they supply into the BC marketplace.

About MMBC

In May 2011, BC’s Recycling Regulation was updated to include packaging and printed paper. The regulation shifts the responsibility for managing the residential recycling of packaging and printed paper from regional and municipal governments and their taxpayers to business.

Multi-Material B C (MMBC) is a non-profit industry-led and financed organization that assumed responsibility for managing residential packaging and printed paper recycling on behalf of industry in May 2014.

More information, including lists of MMBC collectors and members, is available at www.multimaterialbc.ca

Media Contact:
Sarah Stephen, 778-588-9505, sstephen@multimaterialbc.ca