The Sea to Sky Corridor will feel very few of the changes from the new Provincial Recycling Programs starting May 19, 2014. Under the BC Recycling Regulation, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents will be responsible for collecting and recycling these materials. Multi-Material BC (MMBC), a non-profit organization financed by these businesses, will be responsible for residential recycling programs either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and not-for-profit organizations. MMBC is working together with Municipalities to collect recyclables that fall under this program. Recycling programs in the corridor are already pretty much in line with the new MMBC program.
In the Sea to Sky Corridor depot sites at Carney’s Waste Systems on Queens Way, the Nesters and Function Junction Sites in Whistler, the Pemberton Transfer Station and the Pemberton Bottle Depot will fall under the MMBC program. Multi Family Dwellings with recycling programs in conjunction with commercial garbage services will also fall under the MMBC program and finally Squamish First Nations curbside recycling program will be under the MMBC program. The District of Squamish, Britannia Beach, and Furry Creek curbside recycling programs will NOT fall under the MMBC program for at least another year.
Primary changes to the depot sites will see the collection of plastic film and plastics foam (i.e. Styrofoam) which is to be separated in two streams coloured vs white at the depot sites only, not to be put in residential curbside or multi family dwelling recycling. This separation of products ensures a better market for the product to be recycled at. Staff will be on site to assist users with any questions at the depot sites.
As the cost of these programs are shifted to the producers other benefits to standardizing recycling programs throughout the Province include; a consistent acceptable vs non-acceptable listing of recyclables. Consistent messaging to educate and promote recycling. Better end markets for the products that will maximize the resources. Better tracking and accountability of waste products.
Carney’s looks forward to this initiative, as residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor are the best recyclers!