Consultation on Revised Program Plan – Phase II (July – August 2018)

At the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada tabled a Plastics Charter that sets forth ambitious plastic recovery (i.e. collection) and recycling targets. These targets are consistent with recent actions taken by the European Union to set material-specific targets for plastics and other materials. Also, in recent months, many of Recycle BC’s largest members have publicly announced commitments to achieve 100% recyclable packaging within the next five to seven years.

In light of these latest developments and in response to stakeholder feedback and counsel from the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Recycle BC has made substantive updates to its draft program plan that include:

  • An increased general recovery rate
  • Material-specific targets for plastics, metal, glass, and paper
  • A broadened scope of obligated material to include packaging-like products and single-use plastic products such as drinking straws, plastic cutlery, etc.
Click here to download a copy of Recycle BC’s updated draft Program Plan

Phase II Consultation Meetings: 

Stewards – July 17, 2018: 

  • Click here to view the Steward consultation meeting presentation
  • Click here to watch a recording of the July 17 webinar
  • Click here for the Q&As from the July 17 meeting

Collectors – July 18, 2018: 

  • Click here to view the Collectors and Local Governments consultation meeting presentation
  • Click here to watch a recording of the July 18 webinar
  • Click here for the Q&As from the July 18 meeting

Stakeholders – July 19, 2018:

  • Click here to view the Stakeholders consultation meeting presentation
  • Click here for the Q&As from the July 19 meeting


Recycle BC needs your feedback by Thursday, September 6, 2018. Please submit feedback via email to

Consultation on Revised Program Plan – Phase I (March – June 2018)

Recycle BC consulted on its revised draft program plan Packaging and Paper Product Extended Producer Responsibility Plan to our many stakeholders for consideration and feedback. Feedback will be used to further update the plan and conduct Phase II of consultations. The initial revised Plan contains enhancements designed to support Recycle BC’s ongoing and future success and reflect discussions and comments from its two-day consultation with stakeholders in November, 2017. Section 6 of the Recycling Regulation requires that every five years Recycle BC review its approved Plan and submit proposed amendments to the government of British Columbia for review and approval. Changes to the revised Plan include:

  • Recent changes to the Recycling Regulation such as the clarification of non-resident franchisors as obligated stewards and extension of obligated materials from printed paper to paper products are now reflected;
  • New eligibility criteria for communities with curbside programs wishing to join Recycle BC;
  • New eligibility criteria for communities wishing to introduce curbside programs and join Recycle BC;
  • Clear eligibility criteria and timelines for communities with curbside programs that wish Recycle BC to directly operate their programs; and
  • Proposed material-specific recovery rates for paper, plastic, glass and metal.
Feedback on Revised Program Plan

Submissions were welcome until close of day, May 14, 2018. Thank you to those who provided feedback.

Webinar on Revised Program Plan
A webinar took place on Tuesday, April 17, 2018  to review the key components of the draft revised Plan and ask questions.
5-Year Cost Study and Consultation updates
Financial Incentives and Payment Methodology
Depot Agreement Review
Curbside and Multi-Family Agreement Review

Consultation Overview and Timeline (November 2017)

The Recycle BC Consultation was held on November 15 and 16, 2017 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster. Following the consultation, there was a 30-day feedback period. The feedback received will help inform Recycle BC’s revised Program Plan and collector agreements.

The Consultation Report is a summary of the feedback we received at the November Consultation. Click here to download the Consultation Report.





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