MMBC has been working to update the Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) Stewardship Plan to clarify aspects that were the focus of comments submitted by stakeholders by the December 14, 2012 submission deadline and to clarify how the plan addresses requirements of the Recycling Regulation in response to questions posed by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). We expect that the updated PPP Stewardship Plan will be posted on the MMBC website later in February.
Meanwhile, MMBC is continuing to dialogue with stakeholders in preparation for the procurement activities that will be implemented following a decision by the MOE. On January 18, 2013, MMBC released a request for expressions of interest (REOI) for post-collection services and a draft updated list of PPP to be collected, with REOI submissions and comments on the list of PPP both due by March 1, 2013. Members of the MMBC project team are responding to questions from stakeholders on the REOI and the draft updated list of PPP as stakeholders prepare their submissions.
MMBC is also undertaking research into existing PPP curbside, multi-family building and depot collection costs in order to set the value of the market-clearing price financial incentive for each type of collection service. MMBC has identified local governments that deliver PPP collection services directly or that contract for PPP collection services with pricing separate from other types of services, such as PPP processing, garbage collection or organic collection. MMBC has retained the services of a certified management accountant to meet with these local governments to compile 2012 curbside, multi-family building and depot PPP collection costs. These meetings have been occurring over the past month and should be completed in the next few weeks.
MMBC has also distributed a survey to multi-family building managers, with the co-operation of a number of property management associations. Information related to multi-family building PPP collection services is being compiled as completed surveys are received.
Members of the MMBC project team continue to meet with local governments, not-for-profit organizations and private companies, upon request, to discuss the PPP Stewardship Plan and to address questions about the opportunities for stakeholders to provide services to MMBC during implementation of the plan.
MMBC representatives are also scheduled to participate in a number of upcoming events:
- Future Role of Recycling Centres & Depots in BC – a one-day seminar on February 20, 2013 for non-profit and privately-operated recycling centres and depots hosted by the BC Recycling Centres Association in conjunction with the Recycling Council of British Columbia
- Overcoming the Challenges of Servicing Multi-Family Residential Buildings – a networking luncheon on February 22, 2013 hosted by the Coast Waste Management Association
In anticipation of plan approval, MMBC is beginning to plan for a workshop to review information related to the market-clearing price financial incentive. While a date and venue will be selected only after MOE approval of the PPP Stewardship Plan, we anticipate that the workshop will include the following topics:
- Curbside, multi-family building and depot collection services including:
- Scope of services;
- Collector interface with post-collection service providers;
- Collector reporting and invoicing procedures;
- Summary of collection cost research;
- Market-clearing price financial incentives for curbside, multi-family building and depot collectors;
- Timeline and process for:
- MMBC’s offer of the market-clearing price financial incentive to local governments that provided PPP or garbage curbside collection in November 2012 to provide PPP curbside collection as of May 2014;
- Local governments to accept or decline MMBC’s offer of the market-clearing price financial incentive for curbside collection of PPP;
- Multi-family building collectors to apply to become qualified as MMBC service providers and to submit list of buildings to be serviced as of May 2014 and;
- Depot collectors to apply to become qualified as MMBC service providers and provide location of depots to receive residential PPP as of May 2014;
- Contract between MMBC and curbside, multi-family building and depot collectors; and
- A generic PPP curbside collection request for proposals which would be issued by MMBC where a local government declines MMBC’s offer of the market-clearing price financial incentive for curbside collection of PPP.