Chamber-driven changes to MMBC regs protect B.C. businesses

Wins for Business

The BC Chamber of Commerce played an instrumental role in achieving significant amendments to a recycling regulation that was causing substantial concern for B.C. businesses. Following the Chamber's advocacy on the file, the regulations now impact less than 1% of the province's businesses.

“Thousands of B.C. businesses can now breathe easy, knowing they’ll face no new costs or red tape under this recycling regulation,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber, in welcoming the changes.

The regulation targets packaging and printed paper (PPP).

In Feburary 2014, the B.C. government announced that it would enshrine in regulation an exemption for any B.C. business that meets any of the following criteria:

  • annual revenues of less than $1 million;
  • less than 1 tonne of packaging and printed paper produced annually; and/or
  • a single point of retail sale (and not supplied by or operated as part of a franchise, chain or under a banner).

That means that less than 3,000 businesses in the province will be captured by the regulation, out of more than 385,000.

Chambers throughout B.C. raised the alarm about the regulation in summer 2013 after businesses across the province were contacted about coming new obligations and fees by Multi Material BC (MMBC), the agency charged with producing a stewardship plan under the regulation.

“It became clear that this regulation would have unintended fallout for B.C. businesses, and particularly small businesses, across B.C.” Winter said. “We knew we needed to roll up our sleeves, partner with government and MMBC, and fix this thing.”

Backed by local Chambers, the BC Chamber worked extensively with the B.C. government and MMBC to hammer out a way forward that avoided a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

“Today’s announcement is the fruit of those labours: A re-tooled regulation that achieves B.C.’s environmental goals, while protecting the vast majority of B.C. businesses from new costs and red tape,” Winter said, in welcoming the changes.

The BC Chamber and its network of local Chambers are continuing to monitor the implementation of this regulation, to ensure that any further issues are quickly identified.