VIRWIC submits comments to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development’s Consultation on the Capital Integrated Services and Governance Project

To: Capital Integrated Services and Governance Project (CISGP)

RE: CISGP Solid Waste Fact sheet corrections requested for Final Report.

 

The Vancouver Island Recycling and Waste Industry Coalition (VIRWIC) is a newly formed group with a key purpose to work with local governments and other stakeholders to develop fair and effective recycling and waste management policy. We want local government to meet its recycling and solid waste objectives, the public to receive high quality service at a reasonable cost and industry to have a stable investment environment.

Our key policy messages are:

  1. Local governments should not be in competition with the private sector. The role of Local governments should be to adopt a target setting, education and enforcement role
  2. Open and fair competition in the sector will create value for residents while keeping costs low. Industry investment in infrastructure can only happen when government sends a clear signal that it will not build competing infrastructure or restrict free trade

 

The Capital Integrated Services and Governance Projects Solid Waste Fact sheet contains some errors and misrepresentations that we ask be corrected.

  • Overall, the Fact Sheet does not adequately reflect the solid waste services provided by the private sector, which leaves the false impression that there are service gaps that need to be filled by government.
  • The private sector provides over 70% of the solid waste collection services in the CRD and the role of industry is not mentioned in the text or on the map. For example, the private recycling centers, yard waste facilities and organic waste collection services are not identified on the map.
  • The Province’s solid waste policy approach is to shift responsibility from local governments and general taxpayers to producers and users. The CRD has been successfully following this Provincial direction and benefitting from increased private and user pay services yet the Fact Sheet leaves the false impression that the CRD is still the primary service provider. For example, in 2014 the responsibility, including the financing, for packaging and printed paper recycling (blue box) shifted to manufacturers and retailers. This shift saved the CRD over $4 Million per annum.
  • The Fact Sheet incorrectly states that funding for all solid waste programs in the region comes from landfill tipping fees. In fact, there is more waste managed and paid for by the private sector and commercial/residential users than the CRD.
  • The Fact Sheet Decision Making section leaves the impression that all Solid Waste decisions in the CRD are done by government (from 1973) when in fact it’s now the private sector that is responsible for more of the waste stream decisions then the CRD is responsible for (e.g. Product Stewardship Programs, Commercial recycling/garbage, construction waste recycling, yard waste composting companies, private landfills).

 

We ask that when you produce the CISGIP Final Report that you make changes in consideration of our comments above. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at virwic@shaw.ca

 

Stew Young Jr
VIRWIC Co-chair

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