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Recycling Changes are Here! (2)

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On May 19, 2014, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to B.C. residents became responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled. Multi-Material B.C. (MMBC), a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be working with North Shore Recycling Program and the North Shore municipalities to continue to provide recycling to North Shore residents.

Want more information? Read our Frequently Asked Questions or visit www.RecyclinginBC.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has the residential recycling system changed?

How will MMBC’s recycling program affect the North Shore’s recycling program?

What happens now?

What materials are accepted in MMBC’s packaging and printed paper recycling program?

Glass: Where do I recycle it?

What is MMBC?

Where can I get more information?

Answers

Why has the residential recycling system changed?

In 2011, the Government of British Columbia amended the Recycling Regulation to require that, starting May 19, 2014, the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to residents assume responsibility for managing these items after residents discard them. This is called extended producer responsibility, or EPR, and the provincial government has been introducing EPR regulations for various types of materials for the past 20 years.

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How will MMBC’s recycling program affect the North Shore’s recycling program?

The North Shore municipalities will continue managing the Blue Box / Blue Cart and Recycling Drop-off Depot with North Shore Recycling Program during the transition to the new system, and we will receive a financial subsidy from MMBC starting May 19. Participating in MMBC’s program means that North Shore residents will be able to recycle more types of packaging.

We will work to make the transition to the new system as smooth as possible. Changes will impact recycling ONLY (not garbage or food scraps/yard trimmings) and potential cost savings will directly benefit our residents. Waste Management will continue to provide collection services to North Shore residents, and your schedule for recycling collection will not change.

Watch for more information closer to the program launch.

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What happens now?

Starting May 19, 2014, MMBC assumed responsibility for managing residential packaging and printed paper recycling. You are now able to recycle types of packaging that were not previously accepted, such as milk cartons, paper drink cups and a wider range of plastic.

Recycling depots are also accepting new items, such as Styrofoam, plastic bags and glass.

The schedule for residential recycling collection has not changed and this will impact recycling ONLY (not garbage or food scraps/yard trimmings).

The North Shore municipalities will continue managing the Blue Box / Blue Cart and Recycling Drop-off Depot with North Shore Recycling Program during the transition to the new system, and we will work to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Watch for more information in your mail, and on your Blue Box and Containers carts.

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What materials are accepted in MMBC’s packaging and printed paper recycling program?

Beginning May 19, you are able to recycle types of packaging that were not previously accepted, such as milk cartons, paper drink cups and a wider range of plastic. Here is a full list of accepted materials. For items not on the list please visit Recycle This! or contact the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

Changes went into effect May 19, 2014 and affect residential recycling collection only - not businesses or institutions (e.g. civic buildings or schools).

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Glass: Where do I recycle it?

Multi-Material BC requires glass bottles and jars be segregated from other materials. The best option is to take glass bottles and jars to a recycling drop-off depot. At this time, glass bottles and jars placed in your Blue Box or Containers Cart will not be refused.

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What is MMBC?

Businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to B.C. residents are now responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled. Multi-Material BC (MMBC), a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, is responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC, either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and not-for-profit organizations.

MMBC is among more than 20 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs introduced in B.C. over the past two decades. EPR is a way for industry to manage the environmental impact of products during all stages of the product lifecycle, from production to collection and recycling when a product is no longer useful. Through these programs, industry is responsible for end-of-life management of items such as beverage containers, electronics, paint, used oil, tires and batteries.

For more information, visit RecyclinginBC.ca

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Where can I get more information?

MMBC has launched a website called RecyclinginBC.ca Please visit for more information or give North Shore Recycling Program a call at 604.984.9730

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