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Efforts grow to trash recycling program

Enderby is joining the fight against a new recycling program in B.C.

Council will write a letter to the provincial government  protesting the shift to the Multi-Materials B.C. model for recycling after a presentation from Will Hansma, owner of the Okanagan Advertiser newspaper.

“It just seems like a tax grab,” said Coun. Brad Case.

“The government didn’t consult with the businesses impacted and we have no say. I thought our blue bag program worked really well.”

MMBC, a stewardship group made up of major retailers and producers, will take over collection and recycling of packaging under provincial regulations.

In a letter to Shuswap MLA Greg Kyllo, Hansma says recycling rates in B.C. will be higher than those charged in other provinces.

“This creates a risky economic proposition for B.C. It has the potential to create adverse economic effects, especially considering Alberta and Washington have no such programs in place,” said Hansma.

“Printing businesses and the people they employ would have to move out of the province in order to survive as those buying print seek alternative ways to reach consumers that circumvent the new regulations that come into effect in May.”

Hansma is calling for the MMBC program to be put on hold until there is consultation with key stakeholders.

That is a demand being supported by Enderby council.

“When the producers pay the levy for recycling, that will be passed on to consumers instead of eating it,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

Hansma’s campaign has already received support from Spallumcheen.

 

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