Resolution to request a Review and Modernization of Solid Waste Management in BC

Resolution to request a Review and Modernization of Solid Waste Management in BC

Adopted by VIRWIC on September 8th, 2017

WHEREAS the British Columbia Government has been very successful in its Waste Management policy of shifting responsibility to producers and users and away from local governments and the general taxpayer (User Pay).

AND WHEREAS British Columbia is now recognized as the North American leader in making manufacturers and retails take back and recycle the products that they make and sell (e.g. packaging, electronics, beverage containers, household hazardous waste)

AND WHEREAS most of the solid waste generated in BC is now owned, managed and recycled by industry.

AND WHEREAS the 30-year old provincial Solid Waste Management oversight and legislation framework for local governments is grossly outdated and does not reflect the current day practices or authorities, and this creates issues (trade, legal, competition) for the Province, Local Government, and Industry.

AND WHEREAS Local Governments are now facing competitive marketplace challenges and looking to protect their assets by making bylaws (e.g. flow control) that favor the use of local government infrastructure.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

– The Provincial Government should establish a committee to review the Solid Waste Management legislative and operational system in BC.
– The Committee should establish:

  • New Solid Waste Management goals and targets for BC.
  • A new and modern Solid Waste Management system for BC that reflects
  • current day practices, authorities and management responsibility. A new system that maximizes the use of market signals to drive desired
  • A new system that maximizes the use of market signals to drive desired outcomes, instead of regulation.A new system that leverages competition in the private sector to keep
  • A new system that leverages competition in the private sector to keep costs for residents and businesses low.A new system that reduces GHG emissions by maximizing local reuse and
  • A new system that reduces GHG emissions by maximizing local reuse and recycling.The legislative amendments necessary to achieve these outcomes.
  • The legislative amendments necessary to achieve these outcomes.

– The Provincial Government should put on hold any consideration on new Solid Waste Plans or Bylaws until the review is complete.

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