Submitted by: StewardChoice Enterprises Inc.
Posted: Jun 26, 2014 – 12:00 PM EST
BURNABY, B.C., Jun. 26 /CSRwire/ - On June 26, 2014, BC-based company StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. publishes their draft stewardship plan for their new EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) service. The plan details its market based approach for expanding producer-funded collection and recycling services for packaging and printed paper in BC.
“We want to provide choice and flexibility for producers, recycling services companies and other stakeholders within the recycling supply chain as we work collaboratively to increase valuable material recovery and reduce overall system costs,” says Neil Hastie, Development Director for StewardChoice Enterprises.
The competitive draft stewardship plan will offer producers an opportunity to fulfill their legal obligations, under the BC Recycling Regulation, to recover at least 75% of their packaging and printed paper in the marketplace.
“We intend to provide producer-funded collection and recycling to those residents who are currently not being serviced; particularly to those living in multifamily dwellings,” says Hastie. “Today, more than 20% of these BC households do not receive a producer-funded recycling service.”
Traditionally, recycling performance in multi-family dwellings has lagged behind single-family households for a few reasons: lack of educational material for residents, inconvenient recycling bin locations and insufficient bin capacity to store recyclables.
“The first phase of our plan is to strengthen consumer awareness and optimize collection methods in order to improve recovery rates and provide better accessibility,” says Hastie.
Prior to submitting the final plan to the BC Ministry of Environment, StewardChoice will engage in public consultation with stakeholders over a minimum 45-day period as required by the Ministry. Once the plan is approved, the new recycling service will commence as early as next year initially in multi-family buildings.
The StewardChoice Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Service Plan is available at stewardchoice.ca/plan.
StewardChoice Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Reclay StewardEdge, a North American leader providing packaging stewardship solutions to consumer product goods organizations. StewardChoice is based and managed in the province of BC.
Reclay StewardEdge (RSE) is a leading Canadian-based international stewardship organization that has extensive experience and expertise in sustainability, related to end-of-life management of packaging and products. RSE has provided stewardship solutions to numerous producers across Canada and in 2012, StewardEdge became a part of the Reclay Group enabling them to offer a broader suite of services internationally.
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