Prince George, April 7, 2014 – While the Prince George Chamber of Commerce welcomes the idea of a local city-wide public recycling program, they do not endorse the Multi Material BC (MMBC)’s stewardship program for packaging and printed paper (PPP) in its current form.
The Chamber was supportive of the program exclusions which took place in February, 2014 that translates into approximately 27,000 producer businesses being excluded from the program. News that, due to these changes to regulation, only 2,000 to 3,000 of B.C.’s nearly 400,000 businesses will be captured under the program, helped quell some of the Chamber’s initial concerns.
But with additional monitoring of the MMBC program, the Prince George Chamber has identified further areas of concern. Prince George Chamber President, Ranjit Gill stated, “We’ve become aware of certain business models, like franchises, and industry sectors, like newspapers and printers, that will face potential hardship under the MMBC program, as it stands.” Gill continued, “Each one of our member’s business health and success is important to us and so we take their concerns very seriously.” As the MMBC program currently stands, several local businesses have a lot to lose. The fee structure currently proposed will inevitably lead to job losses, decreased operations and increased cost of associated products for consumers.
While there have been suggestions that the MMBC program should be delayed and/or eliminated, the Prince George Chamber of Commerce views this idea as unrealistic for the following reasons:
The B.C. government, like its counterparts across the country, has committed to extended producer responsibility (EPR) programs which will not likely change.
And with a significant number of contracts already signed between MMBC and government counterparts (municipalities, regional districts, First Nations etc.), B.C. taxpayers would face a huge bill if the program does not go ahead.
Therefore, the local Chamber’s focus is now to help bring clarity surrounding the MMBC program and address implications for business owners. Once the Chamber can get a sense of members’ primary concerns on this topic, work can be focused towards finding realistic solutions that they can assist in advocating to government.
To help inform their members and the public, the Prince George Chamber plans to hold the following sessions:
Session #1: MMBC in Prince George: An Overview
Thursday April 17, 2014 1:00pm
Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum, 850 River Road
MMBC Managing Director, Allen Langdon, will present the MMBC program as it pertains to Prince George
Session #2: MMBC in Prince George: Implications for Business Owners
Tuesday April 22, 2014 10:00am
PG Chamber Boardroom – 890 Vancouver Street
The BC Chamber of Commerce will lead discussion about what MMBC means for business owners, what other communities are doing and how the Chamber network intends to advocate to the Provincial Government for change to MMBC.
*Please register online at http://pgchamber.chambermaster.com/events or call the Chamber office at 250.562.2454.
Jennifer Brandle-McCall, Director of External Relations
Prince George Chamber of Commerce
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