Debate over Multi Materials BC, Printed Paper and Packaging rages on

No exaggeration – as per our earlier posts on Multi Materials BC – the debate around Printed Paper and Packaging is just getting louder.

You cannot open a local newspaper these days without coming face to face with headlines on the upcoming May legislation around Multi-Materials BC’s (MMBC) stewardship program for Printed Paper and Packaging (PPP).

The debate has been going for over 4 years within the industry, both producers (i.e. Canadian Newspaper Association) and recyclers alike, but it’s nothing like the poker hot polemic currently underway in the newspapers, op ed’s and advertising space, as the May 19 implementation day draws nearer.

In Business in Vancouver’s March 18-24 edition, New Westminster’s Solid Waste & Recycling Department municipality is concerned about the cost and carbon footprint of shipping their materials out of their municipality, since the new PPP program dictates all materials must be processed by the appointed MMBC processor, they can no longer use their local New West processor.

By March 25-31,  the chair of the Canadian Newspaper Association declares in his BiV Opinion piece that the MMBC program will increase costs to consumers every time they ‘have a pizza delivered, purchase a carton of milk, or buy a roll of toilet paper’, in addition to possibly decimating the newspaper industry.

April 1-7 BiV,  Surrey Board of Trade is in a tizz over the impending MMBC program, citing increased costs to businesses the certain and undesired consequence.

And finally, April 2’s Delta Optimist   urges the public to ‘trash this recycling plan’, noting that the costs paid by producers to subsidize the MMBC program may end up being 4, 5 , sometimes 10 times what Ontario producers are paying for a similar program back East.

And all this amidst weekly, full page advertisements in the major media by an industry consortium of producers and business organizations.

Indeed, the temperature is rising on MMBC and the Printed Paper and Packaging legislation slated for May 19.

Keep your eyes open, have a read, and make up your own mind.

The headlines are hard to miss!