What was this engagement about?
B.C. currently regulates Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for many products, requiring producers (manufacturers, distributors and retailers) of designated products to take responsibility for the life cycle of their products, including collection and recycling. This shifts the responsibility from local and Indigenous governments and taxpayers to the producers and consumers of products.
By regulating even more products, EPR can further reduce local and Indigenous governments’ waste management costs, make recycling more accessible for consumers with province-wide collection networks, grow B.C. recycling businesses, incent innovation, and create job opportunities.
The purpose of this engagement was to solicit feedback on expanding EPR by including more products under the Recycling Regulation and other waste reduction policy approaches to ensure that these items are managed responsibly, including:
- Moderately hazardous products
- Electronic and electrical products, including electric vehicle batteries and solar equipment
- Packaging and paper products beyond residential sources
Lost or abandoned fishing gear in the marine environment is a significant source of marine pollution in B.C. Given the complex and unique challenges associated with managing lost fishing gear, this Intentions Paper also provides further opportunity for people to provide feedback on approaches to improve fishing gear collection and management.
How will my contribution make a difference?
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy welcomes your input regarding potential products for inclusion in the Recycling Regulation, or other policy initiatives to minimize waste. The ministry will review all consultation comments and feedback to inform the development of a multi-year strategy, including further outreach on proposed priorities.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: September 12 to November 20, 2020