‘Freeriding’ B.C. newspapers costing recycling program millions

Read the full story from CBC News.

The province is warning B.C.’s major newspapers to get in line, after they failed to contribute an estimated $16 million in fees to the province’s new recycling program.

Documents obtained by CBC News show three publishers representing The Vancouver Sun and The Province and two community newspaper groups — Black Press and Glacier Media — all received warning letters from the Ministry of Environment late last year, demanding they comply with B.C.’s new regulations.

The rules, which came into effect, May 19, 2014, require the producers of all packaging and printed paper (PPP) in B.C. to pay for the cost of recycling the products they sell consumers.

The aim of the program is to shift the cost from taxpayers to producers. Similar programs are also in effect in four other provinces.

The rules give producers two options: join the umbrella organization called Multi Material B.C. and pay an annual fee or set up their own collection and recycling system.

Webinar: Effective Outreach to Drive Recycling & Reuse Behavior

Tue, Apr 19, 2016 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CDT
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7634783716567560451

Successful recycling and waste reduction programs require education to make sure people know what to do and communicate a reason to participate. Getting results from your outreach efforts, however, requires thoughtful planning and an understanding of what will influence student and staff behavior. This program will feature a primer on behavior change principles by a recognized leader in community based social marketing, followed by two case studies from universities that have incorporated behavior change strategies into their outreach programs. Program examples will include using before and after waste audits combined with targeted education to reduce contamination, and a case study on a refillable water bottle campaign that featured a marketing campaign with pledging and incentive components.


  • Jennifer Tabanico, Action Research
  • Delicia Nahman, Lehigh University
  • Katharine Targett, Lehigh University
  • Jamie Adams, SUNY Oswego

Construction, demolition waste deals help county hit recycling goal

Read the full story in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

Officials believe new agreements for handing construction and demolition waste in Bloomington and Normal will help McLean County clear a longstanding goal of recycling 40 percent of its waste in the next two years — and help hold down costs for residents.

Examining the value of healthcare plastics recycling

Read the full story in Packaging Digest.

Recycling programs in hospitals are reportedly expanding, but given the amount of waste produced each day, there’s definitely opportunity for improvement. A new program organized by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council promises to demonstrate the value of plastics recycling.

Snyder signs bill to require accurate Michigan recycling data

Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation creating a statewide data collection system so that Michigan can track its recycling efforts.

Snyder signed the bill Tuesday so the state can get accurate recycling rate data. He had tasked Michigan with doubling its current rate of about 15 percent of household waste. Snyder’s office says the national average was 35 percent in 2014.

Wrightstown trash truck acts as ‘rolling source of information’ on recycling

Read the full story in the Burlington County Times.

Picking up the trash can be a dirty job, but the borough’s new garbage truck is looking good as it rolls around town, showcasing student art and sending a message.

While the Public Works Department intended to buy just another garbage truck to perform typical duties, officials found a way to involve the community to rally behind their newest initiative to actively have residences and businesses separate their trash and recycling. What started as adding a little flair to the Hino truck purchased from the H.K. Truck Center in South Plainfield, Middlesex County, grew into a student art project.