British Columbia is a leader in creating industry-led Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) recycling programs, with more programs than any other jurisdiction in North America.
- B.C. currently has 22 industry-led EPR recycling programs covering 14 different product categories of consumer products such as: packaging, electronics and electrical products (including all batteries), beverage containers, tires, and household hazardous wastes.
- The Ministry of Environment's role is to review and approve stewardship plans for these programs, and to monitor industry's environmental performance under the Recycling Regulation.
- The Recycle BC (formally Multi-Material BC) stewardship program for packaging and printed paper provides curbside and multi-family recycling services to over 1.25 million households (73% of B.C. households) and depot access to 1.7 million households (97% of B.C. households).
- As of March 2017, 152 communities are being serviced by Recycle BC. All waitlisted communities are expected to begin receiving service from Recycle BC by early 2018.
- EPR for packaging and printed paper has shifted approximately $85 million in costs from local governments to industry.
- In 2015, B.C.'s EPR programs diverted over 480,000 metric tonnes of material from landfills; this includes the collection and recycling of an estimated 185,000 tonnes of packaging and printed paper and 100,000 tonnes of beverage container materials.
- It is estimated that the EPR materials recovered annually achieves a net GHG reduction of 200,000 tonnes eCO2 (equivalent to taking 42,000 cars off the roads for a year).
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