April 2014

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

Notice of Public Consultation: CESA Collection Rate Targets for 2014 - 2016 

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 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 The deadline for written comments is May 13, 2014.

Welcome to our new members! (Approved March 2014) 

March 2014

RCBC Board Election Notice 2014-2015 

(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

February 2014

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. 

Read the full press release from MMBC.

Member News: 2014-2015 Call for Nominations - RCBC Board of Directors 

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. 

View the full Call for Nominations

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 before February 21, 2014.  

News Release: B.C Ensures Recycling Rules Work for Small Businesses        

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

January 2014

Member News: Welcome to our newly approved members (January 2014)
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 Comments accepted until February 28, 2014.

December 2013 

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  

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