National Zero Waste Council Webinar - September 24, 2014
The National Zero Waste Council is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar as part of its Member Services. Our webinar series are meant to support dialogue, knowledge transfer, and collaboration in support of a waste prevention agenda in Canada.
Making the Most of Design for Waste Prevention and Reduction
September 24, 2014 - 9:00AM to 10:00AM PST
This webinar will feature three speakers from leading industrial design institutions and design firms in Canada and the US that will speak to sustainability or life cycle assessment frameworks that best address waste prevention and reduction. What key criteria or questions do these frameworks present, that might assist a designer and/or company best incorporate waste reduction and prevention into the design of a product or packaging? What considerations are critical to operationalizing this criteria? What trade-offs might be faced?
Moderated by: Alan Blake, Executive Director, PAC Next
- Wendy Jedlicka, President, Jedlicka Design and founding faculty member, Sustainable Design Program, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Louise St. Pierre, Associate Professor, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
- Dr. Getachew Asefa Wondimagegnehu, Associate Professor and Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment in Design, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary
To participate in this webinar, please register online at: http://www.nzwc.ca/Pages/WebReg.aspx
For additional webinar details, including speaker bios, here: https://extranet.metrovancouver.org/sites/NZWC/Pages/default.aspx
Announcing Trailer Trashed!
We're proud to announce the return of TRAILER TRASHED, our environmental short film competition - with a twist!
This year, we're challenging you to show British Columbians just how easy it is to recycle their electrical products. Create an awesome movie trailer and you could take home cash prizes - and all the glory you can handle!
Contest details, past submissions, and more can be found at www.trailertrashed.org.
The B.C. Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America is offering a number of $1000 scholarships to encourage students studying in disciplines related to solid waste management and environmental protection.
- Completed applications must be received on or before October 15, 2014.
- Applicants must be registered in a full course of studies in an environmental management or a related program at a recognized post-secondary institution in British Columbia or the Yukon.
- Applicants must have completed their first year of post-secondary studies.
For more information and to apply, see application form (pdf).
BioClens Environmental: Mobile bin, tote, and waste room cleaning service
Frugie Beef: Farm offering fruit and vegetable fed, grain & gluten-free beef
StewardChoice Announces Consultations for Draft Stewardship Plan for New Packaging & Printed Paper Program
In May of this year, StewardChoice Enterprises announced their intention to launch a new Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan for producers operating in British Columbia. As part of the consultation process, StewardChoice seeks input from key stakeholders for expanding recycling services initially to multi-family dwellings currently not being serviced by packaging and printed paper stewards.
Given the desire of the BC Ministry of Environment to ensure a collaborative approach in exploring the strengths and challenges of this draft stewardship plan, StewardChoice will be hosting public consultations, in addition to one-on-one stakeholder outreach.
The consultations will be held online on the following dates:
- Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (PDT)
- Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. (PDT)
For more information and to register, see the full announcement from StewardsChoice.
- Canadian Diabetes Association
- CleanRiver Recycling Solutions
- C. Rankin & Associates
- J.W. Recycle-It Inc.
- LandSea Camp Services
- Multi-Material BC
On June 26, 2014, BC-based company StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. published their draft stewardship plan for their new EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) service. The plan details its market based approach for expanding producer-funded collection and recycling services for packaging and printed paper in BC. To review the plan, see stewardchoice.ca.
StewardChoice, a subsidiary of Reclay StewardEdge, has announced a consultation for a new packaging and printed paper program in BC. StewardChoice will provide solutions for producers who are obligated to recover 75% of their packaging and printed paper waste as per the latest amendment to the British Columbia Recycling Regulation. The service will begin by increasing recycling amongst multi-family building residents who currently do not have access to a producer-funded recycling program in BC. Consultation will begin mid-June 2014 and StewardChoice is planning to begin operations in 2015. For more information, see www.stewardchoice.ca.
Notice of Consultation - BDL 2014-2019 Renewal of Schedule 1 (Beverage Containers) Stewardship Plan
BDL will be holding a consultation on the 2014-2019 renewal of its Schedule 1 (beverage containers) stewardship plan at the end of the RCBC conference in Whistler next week. This consultation will take place on Friday, May 30 at noon in the Saskatchewan Room at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Registration is not required, however confirming your attendance through email@example.com would be greatly appreciated. The proposed stewardship plan will be posted for public comment in early June – this consultation will be held before the plan is available publicly. Further consultations throughout the province will be taking place in July. Further details on dates and locations will be coming out shortly.
Multi-Material BC Packaging and Printed Paper EPR Program Launched in BC
On May 19, 2014, Multi-Material BC (MMBC) will launch a new packaging and printed paper recycling program in BC, enabling British Columbians to recycle milk cartons, plant pots, aluminum foil packaging, drink cups and many more items through their curbside or multi-family building recycling services, or at local depots.
The MMBC program shifts the responsibility for funding recycling services for blue box recyclables from municipal taxpayers to the businesses that manufacture or supply those items to residential consumers.
Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) is a non-profit industry-led and financed organization that will assume responsibility for managing residential packaging and printed paper recycling on behalf of industry. More information, including lists of MMBC collectors and members, is available at www.multimaterialbc.ca.
This is to inform you of the results of the 2014 RCBC Board of Directors election in the Business sector.
Elected in the Business sector
David Goosen – Teck Metals
Bert Monesmith – Tetra Tech EBA
The government sector nominees were acclaimed as there were fewer nominees than there are positions available. Since only 2 nominations were received for the government sector, the RCBC Board of Directors may, at its discretion, appoint a third director to fill the vacancy according to ByLaw 3.4.4.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the democratic process by voting this year. The elected & acclaimed Directors in the business and government sectors will begin their 2-year term and assume their responsibilities after the May 29th, 2014 Annual General Meeting. The Directors in the Individual & Non-Profit sector have 1 year remaining in their term.
RCBC Board of Directors for 2014-2015
David Goosen, Teck Metals
Clint Mahlman, London Drugs
Bert Monesmith, Tetra Tech EBA
Rob Costanzo, City of Surrey
Cheryl Shuman, Peace River Regional District
Richard Aikema, Abbotsford Community Services
Terri McClymont, REAPS
Mary-Em Waddington, BC Technology for Learning (formerly Computers for Schools BC)
RCBC members are invited join us at for this year's our Annual General Meeting (AGM) at to be held at our 40th Annual Zero Waste Conference.
When: May 29, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Macdonald Ballroom at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
(4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC).
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending the AGM only. The Agenda and the copy of the 2013 AGM minutes will be distributed prior to before the meeting event.
New Packaging and Printed Paper Recycling Program to Launch May 19, 2014
Multi-Material BC press release on the new packaging and printed paper program.
National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study Launching This April
This April, Canadian office and retail properties will be able to participate in a national study that will gather solid waste generation and diversion rates to benchmark performance and share best practices.
The study is led by Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), a not-for-profit organization solely focused on solid waste issues, along with collaborators from industry, academia and regional recycling councils.
Through an online survey, 2013 waste generation and diversion data will be gathered to inform an average performance by building-type, expressed as: diversion rate and capture rate. Additional qualitative information will be collected to draw correlation between performance and management practices, thus helping inform best practices in the future. Results will be published as anonymous. Aggregated data along with detailed analysis, conclusions and recommendations will be reported in the last quarter of 2014.
For more information, view the study overview.
BC Recyclepedia IOS7 App Version 2.0 now available
Version 2.0 for BC Recyclepedia app for IPhone is now available in the app store. It features an updated look, new mapping feature, and the ability to search by repositing the map. Download the latest version in the app store.
The Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) is a national not-for-profit stewardship agency operating the ElectroRecycle small appliance and power tool recycling program in BC, in adherence with the BC Recycling Regulation. ElectroRecycle is operated according to CESA’s stewardship plan, approved by the BC Ministry of Environment (BC MoE) in July 2010. The program launched on October 1, 2011.
As a supplement to the approved stewardship plan, CESA committed to submitting collection rate targets to the Ministry of Environment in the Spring 2014. CESA would like to invite you to attend the public consultation webinar for more information on the proposed collection rate targets. You are also invited to submit written comments and if you are unable to attend the webinar, you will be able to find materials regarding the targets posted on www.cesarecycling.ca shortly after the consultation.
Public Consultation Webinar Details:
Date: April 29, 2014
Time: 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
To register for the webinar or to submit written comments, please contact Shannon White at email@example.com. The deadline for written comments is May 13, 2014.
- CRM of Canada Processing
- Envirosmart Organics
- Green Energy Services
- Kidney Foundation - Recycle for Life
- Main Street Vinyl Record Fair
- Mark Rowlands and Associates
- Yihting Lim
(March 31, 2014) Nominations for the 2014-2015 Board of Directors closed on March 24, 2014. Directors are elected (or acclaimed) for a two (2) year term. In even-numbered years, elections are held in the industry and government sectors, and in odd-numbered years, elections are held in the individuals and non-profit sectors. The new Board of Directors is sworn in at the RCBC Annual General Meeting on May 29, 2014 at the RCBC Conference. The 2014-2015 board begins its governance from that point. (Bylaw 3.1.2)
RCBC has 2 positions available in the Business category and 3 positions available in the Government category respectively. The current chair, Clint Mahlman - London Drugs (business), is becoming past-chair and therefore is acclaimed under the bylaw 3.1.0. Since there are more nominees than positions available in Business category, members must vote to fill the remaining board positions. The government sector nominees are acclaimed as there were fewer nominees than there are positions available.
RCBC members in good standing will be receiving their voting package in the mail in the coming week which includes: a full listing of nominees with biographies, your ballot, and a stamped addressed return envelope. Please note that only the official member contact will be receiving a voting package. Ballots must be returned to RCBC by either mail or fax by Friday, April 25, 2014.
If you have any questions about the balloting process, please contact Raymond Gaudart, Nominations Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MMBC Selects Green by Nature EPR to Manage Post-Collection System for PPP Recycling Program
Multi-Material BC (MMBC) announced Green by Nature EPR (GBN) - a new organization founded by leaders in the recycling industry in British Columbia - has been selected to manage the post-collection system for MMBC's residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, which will begin delivering services to approximately 1.25 million households on May 19, 2014.
GBN is a new organization founded by three industry leaders with over 100 years combined experience - Cascades Recovery, Emterra Environmental, and Merlin Plastics.
The post-collection system operated by GM will employ 570 British Columbians and bring $32 million in new investment to the province, including capital investment in two new facilities:
- A container recycling facility in the Lower Mainland - the first of its kind in North America - which will maximize sorting efficiency, recovery and the quality of recovered products; and,
- A material recovery facility in Nanaimo that will sort and prepare collection material for shipment to downstream processors and end markets.
The Recycling Council of British Columbia is now accepting nominations, until March 24, 2014, for the Board of Director positions in two sector categories, Business (2 positions available) and Government (3 positons available). The current chair (business) is becoming past-chair and therefore is acclaimed under the bylaw 3.1.0.
Nominations for annual elections are open to those who were members in good standing in the year prior to the year in which the election is held.
If you are an RCBC member, in good standing, in the business or government sector and are considering nomination to the Board of Directors, please read the 2014 RCBC Board Nominations Package carefully, so that you become familiar with the purpose of the organization and its system of elections and governance.
Canadian Schools Win Big for the Environment with the Recycle My Cell Student Challenge
Recycle My Cell, Canada's national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories, announced the winners of the fourth annual Recycle My Cell Challenge. In collaboration with the 2013 Waste Reduction Week in Canada, the Challenge invited students from kindergarten to post-secondary to collect as many old wireless devices as possible, including cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, pagers, accessories, and cell phone batteries. Congratulations to BC's winner, Kimberley Independent School in Kimberley, BC. Thank you and congratulations to all participants. Full press release
Next Use Recycling Applies to Build $30 Million Material Recovery and Recycling Facility in Metro Vancouver
NextUse Recycling Ltd. (“NextUse”), a Belkorp group company, today announced it has applied to Metro Vancouver for a license to build and operate a $30 million material recovery and recycling facility. The license application is supported by the City of Coquitlam which has endorsed the NextUse project as a smart, progressive approach to waste management. Full Press Release
Administrative Penalties Regulation under the Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Pest Management Act
The Ministry of Environment intends to implement an administrative penalty program under the Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Pest Management Act. This notice is intended to draw your attention to an information paper that has been posted to the Ministry website to inform potentially affected stakeholders and the public.
Administrative penalties are an enforcement tool increasingly being used by regulatory agencies in BC and across Canada. Specifically, administrative penalties are financial penalties that can be imposed on individuals and companies who fail to comply with the Ministry’s regulatory requirements, with orders issued under the Acts, or with terms and conditions of authorizations. Administrative penalties would fill a gap in the Ministry’s existing enforcement toolkit, occupying a middle ground between warnings and violation tickets issued for minor contraventions, and criminal prosecutions for more serious offences. Administrative penalties would be issued by designated Ministry officials.
The enabling statutory authorities for administrative penalties already exist in the Environmental Management Act and the Integrated Pest Management Act. All that is required is to complete the development of a detailed regulation outlining the specifics of the program. The Ministry anticipates that the new regulation will be brought into force in March 2014.
You are welcome and encouraged to forward this information to others whom you feel should be advised of the proposed regulation. Comments or questions about the administrative penalties program can be submitted via email to ENVadminpenalties@gov.bc.ca before February 21, 2014.
The Province is taking steps to reduce red tape for small businesses impacted by a new recycling program which shifts costs from B.C. taxpayers to industry.
Government intends to introduce a new regulation which will exempt small businesses from any reporting or recycling costs if they meet any one of the following criteria:
- Under one million dollars in annual revenues;
- Under one tonne of packaging and printed paper supplied to B.C. residents; or
- perate as a single point of retail sale and are not supplied by or operated as part of franchise, a chain or under a banner.
This means less than 3,000 businesses out of over 385,000 in the province will be affected by this program; less than one per cent of the total number of business in B.C.
Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC), the industry-led stewardship organization responsible for the recycling program, will also be giving an option to businesses for an annual flat fee if they are considered a low volume producer of packaging and printed paper. Businesses producing between one and five tonnes can pay a pre-determined recycling fee and will not have to provide detailed reporting. Read more.
Member News: Welcome to our newly approved members (January 2014)
- The Alpine Group
- Ecoaction Recycling
- Green Century Enterprise Ltd.
- International Material Recovery Inc.
- Jack Campbell Maine Ltd.
- Similkameen Rural Services
- Tymac Launch Services
Member News: Genesis Recycling is now merged with SIMS Recycling Solutions Canada Ltd.
RCBC member Genesis Recycling in Langley, BC is now merged with Sims Recycling Solutions Canada Ltd. For more information visit their website.
Member News: Advanced Material Recovery & Recycling Facility to be Built in Coquitlam
Belkorp Environmental Services Inc. today announced that it plans to invest approximately $30 million to develop a 260,000 tonne capacity advanced material recovery and recycling facility in Coquitlam. The advanced material recovery facility will create up to 80 new green jobs, and ensure that more than 80% of customers' unsorted waste is diverted from disposal. The proposed facility is to be built in South Coquitlam, at no cost to municipal residents. See full press release from Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.
Appointment of David Lawes as BC Used Oil Management Association's (BCUOMA) Executive Director
The Board of Directors of BCUOMA has appointed David Lawes as Executive Director. See full announcement from BCUOMA.
Tire Stewardship BC Consultation: Becoming a Processor - The Policy, Requirements, Process, Steps, and Fees
While there is no compelling need for new scrap tire processing capacity in BC and TSBC is not actively seeking a new processor, a new policy on becoming a new scrap tire processor in BC is being considered to deal with any applicants that come forth.
Policy Statement: Anyone wishing to become a Processor will be required to achieve "more new value from old tires" through (1) product/market innovation and/or (2) processing innovation, either of which must significantly reduce the incentive costs without jeopardizing TSBC's Stewardship Program stability and environmental results.
TSBC is seeking comments on the complete document "Becoming a Processor - The Policy, Requirements, Process, Steps, and Fees." Email your comments to BecomingaProcessor@rcbc.ca. Comments accepted until February 28, 2014.
Member News: 2014 Membership Renewal
Thank you for your continued support of RCBC through this past year. You should be receiving your 2014 Membership Renewal package shortly in the mail. If you have any questions regarding your renewal package, please contact Ben Ramos, Member Services Manager, at 604-683-6009 ext. 314 or at email@example.com.
Member News: ElectroRecycle Raises Funds and Awareness Through the Mo Must Go
ElectroRecycle, B.C.’s small appliance and power tool recycling program, hosted its first-ever “Mo Must Go” shave-off event this past Saturday, November 30th at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Mo Bros were invited to come down and drop off their old and unwanted electric shavers and trimmers for recycling while saying au revoir to their month-long facial friend in style with a free hot shave courtesy of JD’s Barbershop and ElectroRecycle.
During the month of November, ElectroRecycle set out to donate $5 to prostate and testicular cancer research for every electric and rechargeable razor, beard trimmer and hair shaver collected, up to a maximum of $10,000. The “Mo Must Go” event was the program’s way of capping off the month of collections with a bang.
A total of 26 men braved the rain to receive their free hot shaves, including Docc Andrews of JR FM. A 20′ by 30′ tent, propane heaters, free coffee and popcorn, and good cheer kept the chill at bay. Plus, for every shave, ElectroRecycle donated and additional $20 to Movember.
Numbers for the month-long collection are still being tallied, but updates will be shared as soon as they become available.
Electric razor recycling facts:
- Electric shavers, razors and trimmers make up 1.5 per cent of total items collected by ElectroRecycle.
- Over 2,000 men in Vancouver alone use electric razors.
- 16 per cent of Canadians who use a razor, opt for an electronic variety.
- Blessed with a thick beard? The thicker the beard, the more often you need to replace your electronic shaver.
Member News: Westcoast Plastics Recycling Nominated for Small Business Awards
This is a recycling business in BC that picks up plastic from businesses for free in Metro Vancouver. Westcoast is working with Multi-Materials BC, a government agency, to provide sustainable recycling in BC. With its short 5 year history, Westcoast has become the largest exporter of plastic recycling in BC providing an avenue for other recyclers to market their products. Westcoast is always trying to identify new products for its growing list of recyclables and won the Canadian Plastic Industry Association’s Award for Contributing to Sustainability in May 2013. Westcoast has also won the Consumer Choice Award for Best Green Business 3 years in a row for Metro Vancouver. Westcoast recently sponsored the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. It has entered a new area of recycling recently with The Kidney Foundation of BC’s Recycle for Life, organ donor program allowing Westcoast’s customers to contribute a portion of earnings to the Foundation. Westcoast is Making a Difference! Though the voting period is now over, stay posted for the awards ceremony in February. For more information, click here.
Member News: deBrand Services Has Moved!
New address: 672 Derwent Way, Delta. The office phone number remains the same at 604-638-8998.
Member News: Nu-Plastic Services Three Months Without Paper
In late August of 2013, Nu-Plastic Services of Surrey, BC went ‘live’ with a new electronic collecting and reporting system they’d been testing for a number of months. After receiving confirmation from the Stewardship Program Executive Director that the test reports coming out of the electronic system were identical to the paper collection reports the drivers were completing, Nu-Plastic was given the green light to stop using the paper system altogether. Now, three months later and without the paper reporting, the results are in – and they’re very very impressive. To read the complete report, click here.