- May 31, 2016
The British Columbia (BC) Recycling Regulation (B.C. Reg. 449/2004 – the “Regulation”) under the Environmental Management Act requires that, as of May 2014, every producer of packaging and printed paper that supplies material into the BC residential marketplace must operate, or be a member of, an approved plan concerning the end-of-life management of their products.
BC Government Small Producer Definition and Regulatory Obligations for Franchise Systems
In May 2014, the MOE passed an amendment to its Recycling Regulation which obligates non-resident franchisors for the packaging and printed paper their franchisees supply into the BC residential marketplace. For further information click here for the BC government’s clarification paper regarding non-resident franchisors.
For more information, please refer to the Guidebook for Stewards to determine how to meet recycling obligations in British Columbia. MMBC welcomes new members at any time.
Multi-Material BC (MMBC) is currently the only agency with an approved plan by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) that fulfills the obligations set out in the Regulation on behalf of its members. To review our program plan, please visit the link below.
Businesses that did not submit a program plan for their packaging and printed paper, or that have not joined an organization that has submitted a plan on their behalf, can still take steps to be in compliance with the Regulation. To join MMBC, visit the link below to access our WeRecycle portal and sign-up now.
To become a member of MMBC’s program, stewards need to provide contact information on our WeRecycle portal, sign a Membership Agreement and submit reports that indicate the amounts of packaging and printed paper their organization supplies into the residential marketplace.
Become a Voluntary Steward
Brand owners in Canada that supply packaging and/or printed paper into British Columbia, but that are not resident in those jurisdictions can relieve the resident retailer/distributor of having to report and pay stewardship fees on their brands by electing to assume responsibility for its material via registering as a Voluntary Steward.
Please review the full policy to determine your eligibility.
If you would like to register and begin submitting reports in 2017, you will need to complete a Voluntary Steward Agreement and submit it by December 31, 2016.
You will also need to execute a Membership Agreement by the December 31st deadline – please click here for details.
Voluntary Steward Agreements must be signed by an authorized signing officer in your organization. Please scan the signed agreement and send it to National Steward Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 1-844-471-1836.