Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programs in BC

In British Columbia, Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) (formerly referred to as Industry Product Stewardship) is an environmental policy approach in which the producer's responsibility for reducing environmental impact and managing the product is extended across the whole life cycle of the product, from selection of materials and design to its end-of-life. (Ministry of Environment). 

Current ProgramsEPR Updates | Other EPR Resources 

Current Programs

For a detailed description of each program, click on the links below

Alarm Recycle Program

EPR Updates

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.  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 info@nationalbrewers.ca 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 & Printed Paper Program

New Packaging and Printer Paper Recycling Program to Launch May 19, 2014 (press release - Multi Material 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. 

If you're a resident looking for information on the MMBC, click here

If you're a small business looking for information on the MMBC, click here

If you're a service provider looking for information on the MMBC program, click here

Other EPR Resources

  1. Video: Evolution of Industry-Led Product Stewardship Model in British Columbia
  2. RCBC Factsheet: BC EPR Overview (November 2011)
  3. B.C. Product Stewardship Programs Summary Table - A comprehensive summary compiled by RCBC of all current and upcoming stewardship programs in British Columbia (Updated: August 2012)
  4. British Columbia's Recycling Handbook




All twelve of B.C.'s existing stewardship agencies have partnered to produce an informational handbook. British Columbia's Recycling Handbook provides valuable information about all products that fall under the Recycling Regulation. It identifies the stewards, the products, any fees that may apply, what products are recycled into, contact information, and most importantly where to take products to ensure they are recycled responsibly.

A flipbook web version or pdf file can be accessed here.

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