British Columbia introduced extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and printed paper (PPP) under the Recycling Regulation that took effect 19 May 2014.

For information on the existing regime, please see here.

Member Update/Impact

Members not currently registered as producers with Multi-Material B.C. (the EPR program for PPP) may receive an enforcement letter from the Ministry of Environment.

The letter from the Ministry does not mention the Small Business exemptions introduced by Government last February and enacted in May 2014.  The exemption extends to BC businesses in any one of the three below categories and removes the need to file a program plan of their own or join MMBC’s program:

1. Businesses that have less than $1 million in revenue
2. Businesses that supply less than 1 tonne (1,000 kilograms) of packaging and printed paper to BC residents
3. Businesses that operate as a single point of retail sale and are not supplied or operated as part of a franchise, a chain or under a banner.

If you have received an enforcement letter and you qualify for an exemption under the Small Business policy, please inform the government to avoid a fine.

Next Steps

1. RCC will continue to monitor the Government’s enforcement activities with respect to the PPP EPR program.
2. RCC has and will urge government to provide information about the small business exemption in their enforcement communications.

For information, please contact Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at (604) 730-5254 or [email protected], or, Philippe Cantin, Manager, Environment, at (514) 982-0267 ext. 336 or [email protected]