Approved Program Plan (June 2019)

In June 2019, The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy approved the revised Recycle BC Program Plan. Thank you to all who participated in the various stages of our consultation process. The final Recycle BC Program Plan can be found at


Revised Program Plan (September – October 2018)

Thank you to all those who took the time to participate in the consultations on the updated Recycle BC Program Plan. Over 150 organizations and communities participated in consultation meetings and Recycle BC received 29 written submissions as part of Phase Two consultations. Recycle BC gave careful consideration to all input received, a summary of which can be found in the Consultation Report appended to the Plan.

As a result of stakeholder feedback, Recycle BC made three important revisions to the Plan as follows:

  • In light of the steward community’s concerns about the broadened scope of designated materials, the proposed expansion of designated materials to include packaging-like products and single-use plastic items has been removed. Recycle BC has asked the government that if they wish to broaden the scope of the program, they engage stakeholders in discussions on any regulatory amendments and provide clarity on any new items to be added.
  • To address local governments’ concerns regarding eligibility criteria for receiving recycling services the program plan now states that local communities that have had a curbside garbage collection program in place for at least two years prior to the proposed introduction of curbside recycling be eligible to join the Recycle BC program, provided other applicable criteria is met. The program plan also contains a new commitment to develop an equivalency definition for communities with 5,000 residents that does not require incorporation as a criteria for eligibility and commits that upon completion of its current expansion phase, to conduct a province-wide depot accessibility assessment to determine the adequacy of depot coverage.
  • In response to local governments’ concerns that Recycle BC does not provide a transparent methodology for calculating incentive rates, the program plan has been revised to require that the next cost study be overseen by the Recycle BC Advisory Committee, which includes local governments such as Metro Vancouver, Regional District of East Kootenay and the Town of Comox. In addition, the study will be conducted in 2020, rather than 2021, as originally planned.

The entire Stakeholder Consultation Report addressing these and more stakeholder feedback is available here.

Having received approval from the Recycle BC Board of Directors, the Plan has now been submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MoECCS). The Plan requires approval by the MoECCS prior to implementation and may be subject to change if requested by the government.

We thank you for your ongoing support and participation during the consultation process and will advise stakeholders when feedback is received from the MoECCS on the Program Plan.

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 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 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


Thank you to those who submitted feedback by the September 6, 2018 deadline.

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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