Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC)
The BBOT hosted Allen Langdon, MMBC Managing Director, for an info session on February 5th. Click here to view his presentation
What is it?
Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) is an industry led and funded non-profit organization that will assume responsibility for managing residential packaging and printed paper on behalf of industry.
Through recent provincial legislation, BC is transitioning the responsibility of recycling packaging and printed paper from local governments to the businesses and producers that supply the product—something known as EPR or Extended Producer Responsibility. This means that businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to the consumer are responsible for collecting it, diverting it from landfills and recycling it.
Starting May 19, 2014, MMBC , on behalf of the business community, will take responsibility for (be paying for) curbside, multi-family building and depot recycling of printed paper and packaging and will then be invoicing BC businesses to cover these costs.
Are you impacted?
If your organization or company is a retailer, restaurant, importer, manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler that supplies packaging, or an organization such as an insurance company or bank that supplies printed paper (e.g. statements) to BC residents, then you are considered a “steward” and are required to join MMBC and support the recycling program.
This comprehensive Guidebook for Businesses is available for download and outlines all of the details surrounding the MMBC program, details whether businesses are required to join MMBC and explains how they can meet their recycling obligations in British Columbia.
Exemptions from the Program
On February 4th, the Government of British Columbia announced changes to the Recycling Regulations that exempt some businesses from having to be participate in the MMBC program.
This Small Business Exemption applies to any business that meets any one of the following conditions:
1.Businesses that have less than $1 million in revenue
2.Businesses that supply less than 1 tonne (1,000 kilograms) of packaging and printed paper to BC residents
3.Businesses that operate as a single point of retail sale and are not supplied or operated as part of a franchise, a chain or under a banner
If a business meets any of these conditions, it is exempt from having to satisfy the requirements of the regulation and does not need to register or report to MMBC. With these regulations, less than 1% of BC businesses will be involved in the MMBC program.
For businesses that are not exempt, but produce less than 5 tonnes of printed paper and packaging, a Low Volume Policy has been created to limit the financial cost and administrative burden of involvement in the MMBC program.
Businesses that are “low-volume” will be able to use a simplified online reporting tool to calculate and report their use of printed paper and packaging, and will be able to access lower flat rate recycling fees of:
a) $550 for printed paper and packaging of between 1.0 and 2.5 tonnes
b)$ 1200 for printed paper and packaging of between 2.5 and 5.0 tonnes
Low-volume stewards will need to register with MMBC and sign a Membership Agreement specifically designed for low volume stewards by May 31, 2014. A copy of the low-volume steward-specific membership agreement will be ready by early March and published on the MMBC website.
To be included in these regulations, the packaging and printed paper must be supplied to the end consumer. That means packaging and paper supplied via a business-to-business transaction or through commercial activities is in most cases not included in these regulations.
Packaging can include anything that is given to the end consumer such as:
Packaging also means all sorts of service packaging that is added afterwards by a business when providing a product to a customer. This may include:
In regards to printed paper, this includes any paper that is not packaging, but is printed with text or graphics as a medium for communicating information, such as:
For up-to-date information on MMBC, visit their website at www.multimaterialbc.ca
209-1730 West 2nd Avenue
Service Provider inquiry: (604) 620 7540
Steward inquiry: 1-888-980-9549