RCC today responded to the B.C. Government’s policy paper proposing significant expansion to the province’s recycling regime. Under British Columbia’s extended producer responsibility regime producers, often retailers as the suppliers of goods, report sales of products and packaging in B.C., and, charge and remit eco-fees to stewardship agencies. The proposed expansion would include: packaging and paper products in the commercial sector, mattresses, more pesticides, pet products and electronics, as well as marine debris.
RCC’s response highlights our concern about “free-riders” selling products at lower prices than our members; costs to consumers and businesses; the strengths of the existing commercial resource recovery regime; and protecting important recovery services offered by retailers including the pick-up of an old mattress at the delivery of a new product.