The fifth and final phase of the British Columbia recycling regulation under authority of the Environmental Management Act enacted in 2004 was rolled out on July 1st. Industry-managed recycling programs for consumer products are now expanded to include electrical items such as power tools, sewing machines, lawn mowers, grass trimmers, flashlights, and table lamps. Developed to shift responsibility for environmental stewardship onto the producers rather than have the provincial government and tax payers pay for these types of programs, the regulation was amended in 2009 to include a section recycling electronics. BC is one of four provinces to enforce mandatory recycling programs and has the most extensive number of products covered.
This July also marks the second year anniversary of phase two which included recycling of all types of batteries. That year Call2Recycle launched its all-battery recycling program in the province. In 2011, BC recycled over 300,000 kgs of batteries using the Call2Recycle network of collection sites. To find the nearest collection site visit www.call2recycle.ca/locator.
For more on product stewardship in British Columbia, check out “Cradle to grave — it’s our responsibility” in The Vancouver Sun, including an interview with Call2Recycle Canada Executive Director, Joe ZenobioShare