The B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy is expected to begin the stakeholder information process in regard to expansion of B.C.’s “extended producer responsibility” regime (where eco-fees pay for recycling/end-of-life management) in September 2022. The regulation is due to be amended in 2023 to expand the list of obligated materials to include:
- hybrid and electric vehicle batteries and other battery types not currently regulated (from pet collars to golf carts),
- mattresses and foundations, and,
- moderately hazardous products compressed canisters (such as single-use fuel canisters and fire extinguishers) and medical sharps.
The Province will also continue to work on redefining the existing product categories for electronics and moderately hazardous products. The focus will be on broader, more generalized definitions as opposed to product-specific lists, with the intention to capture most products, including new ones that enter the marketplace in the future.