Rejection of Bylaw 280

Wins for Business

Following a BC Chamber policy plus co-ordinated advocacy by the BC Chamber and Lower Mainland Chambers, the Province has turned down Metro Vancouver's Bylaw 280 and announced a review of Metro's waste-management options.

"This is a major win for Lower Mainland Chambers, who have been calling on the B.C. government to turn down this harmful bylaw," said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber.

Bylaw 280 deals with waste flow control. The Chamber has fought the bylaw because:

  • it creates an unnecessary regulatory burden and higher fees for business;
  • it promotes the unnecessary intrusion of Metro Vancouver into the free market; and
  • it sets the stage for Metro Vancouver to spend $500 million on an unnecessary incinerator when the private sector stands ready with a fix for the region's waste-diversion challenge.

"Bylaw 280 would hurt businesses through increased hauling fees, while shutting private industry out of providing cheaper waste-diversion solutions," Winter said. "We commend the B.C. government for listening to public concerns, turning down this bylaw, and calling for a review of Metro's waste-diversion options."

In rejecting the bylaw, the province identified key concerns raised by the Chamber network, including:

  • that Bylaw 280 would create a monopoly on waste management; and
  • that the Bylaw would destabilize private-sector collection and hauling.