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Last-minute backlash builds to package recycling program

by:Top-In     2020-02-16
The efforts of Columbia University in the UK to push the responsibility for packaging recycled products to industry have raised strong opposition, just as the organization running it is in the final stage of rolling it out with a possible deadline. Multi-Materials B. C.
Started work three years ago to create a \"producer extension responsibility\" program for consumer packaging and printed paper approved by the Ministry of Environment in 2013.
However, in the last months before implementation, there was confusion about which businesses needed to register and comply with their record and reporting requirements.
With the initial registered members suffering a sticker impact on their first invoice, questions were raised about its costs.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Commerce said the organization was a co-organization and expressed displeasure at the implementation of MMBC.
As the worst example of the new government\'s red tape, the federal temporary foreign workers program won the first town paper award.
\"We think MMBC is worth it because it is indeed the most complex and confusing public policy we have ever seen,\" said Mike Klassen, director of provincial affairs at CFIB.
\"It will increase red tape, kill small businesses, and ultimately cost consumers without achieving any environmental goals.
\"According to MMBC, the responsibility to pay for the packaging of recycled products shifts from the cost of the consumer\'s collection services through the municipality to the business that puts these materials into the consumer\'s home.
In order to comply, these businesses must calculate the amount of packaging and printing paper they distribute to consumers.
MMBC then allocates fees and uses revenue to pay municipal Blue-
Box or other commercial pickup.
The organization expects the system to charge about $0. 11 billion a year.
MMBC does set an initial exemption for compliance for small businesses earning less than $750,000, and managing director Alan Landon said in a statement that they are finalizing specific policies for small businesses.
Landon said the Canadian independent enterprise critics Federation misrepresented the MMBC project, which was established under the provincial recycling regulations passed in 2011, involving two years of work with local governments and businesses
It is expected to be between 2,000 and 3,000, Landon said. C.
Companies registered with MMBC are a small part of 385,000 companies in the province, \"largely because most small businesses in the province do not provide printed paper and packaging to residents.
MMBC is \"very careful\" to ensure that the project is fair and efficient, and is able to recycle materials such as milk cartons, polystyrene foam, tin paper packaging and beverage cups for the first time, Landon said.
\"Is it really important even if there are only a few hundred? ” Klassen said.
\"No business that is covered up in red tape should happen.
He added that businesses are concerned that MMBC has yet to release its small-
Although its website says it will announce its business policy in January.
It doesn\'t give too much time to companies that have to follow complex reporting procedures.
Klassen noted that although there are 90 pages in the FAQ section of the MMBC website, the regulatory manual mailed to the business in December is 31 pages long.
\"The worst part here is that your small business has to follow the rules that never considered small business,\" Klassen said . \".
Klassen said that CFIB wants the income exemption for small businesses to increase from $5 million to $750,000 and asked Prime Minister Christy Clark to review the project.
Ken Plumb\'s corporate files don\'t have to be registered with MMBC, but his employees are still busy working because of it.
Plumb says businesses sell thousands of different packaging materials to 10,000 customers in B. C.
But since they do not deal directly with consumers, the MMBC rules do not apply to the company.
However, the customers he sells flooded the enterprise employees and asked for information on the weight, quantity and type of packaging they use.
\"We don\'t mind doing this, but everyone is on the phone to buy this stuff,\" said corporate president Plumb . \".
\"Our day is not
Production now;
We are currently dealing with all these things.
\"In order to comply with the MMBC rules, reports that are required to be filled out by customers of Plumb may take several hours.
\"We are members of the CFIB and we say it\'s confusing,\" Plumb said . \".
\"It\'s crazy who put this together.
\"At the Rice people, one of Eva Sun\'s concerns is how many of her company\'s packaging products are in B. C.
She does not have to pay the MMBC back charge for this.
\"Well, that\'s a question that retailers will give us data,\" she said . \".
\"I have heard that some retailers charge a lot to provide this data.
\"Sun also has questions about why B costs. C.
Higher than similar projects in Manitoba and Ontario, will there be enough B. C.
The representative of the board of directors, making it transparent and responsible.
MMBC is registered B. C. non-
Profit managed by Canada Management Services Alliance
Members of the board are from Unilever, Metro, Walmart, Tim Holden, and Lough, Canada. , Coca-
Coke and P & G.
Sun said: \"We really support this cause, but I don\'t think the government is doing well (businesses).
In her view, the government should consider delaying the implementation in order to better clarify the issues raised by the participants.
Nicole human, executive director of BC.
The Food Processors Association says the premise of MMBC is reasonable, but his members want to negotiate some of these factors, including costs, which is still a work in progress.
\"We all want to recycle, we are all responsible managers,\" said human beings . \".
\"There is, however, quite a bit of discussion about implementation. ”-Multi-Material B. C. is the non-
Industry profit-
The leadership organization takes over the recycling of product packaging and printing paper, shifting responsibility from the consumer to the business that puts these materials into the consumer\'s home. -
Companies that need to register and participate in MMBC include manufacturers, distributors, restaurants, retail stores, importers and companies that produce printed materials such as statements, flyers, brochures and newspapers in people\'s homes. -
Companies that need to be registered are either companies that have a brand of products packaged to consumers, or \"first importer\" of packaged goods or printed paper purchased by consumers \". -
In order to comply with the requirements, the business needs to establish procedures to estimate and record the weight and type of packaging containing its products, which are reported to MMBC and charged to MMBC. -
The packaging covered by the new collection system will include the gable-
In a long list of products, there are cartons on the top, polystyrene foam, plastic film and tin cans. -
So far, MMBC says it has reached a collection agreement with more than 150 local governments and other collectors, covering one. 25 million B. C.
More than 80 families. -
Its goal is to increase the recycling of B. product packagingC.
The proportion of 50 to 53 collected now reaches 75.
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