How Bylaw 280 Supports Local Recycling

Adoption of Bylaw 280 is necessary for our region to meet aggressive waste diversion goals, while encouraging a flourishing and competitive waste management and recycling industry. Learn why local recycling companies are supporting this proposed rule. Metro Vancouver has a thriving recycling sector. But these businesses are under threat due to the practice of trucking waste out of our region to avoid disposal bans. “The economics of a potentially lower tipping fee somewhere else that included both waste and recycling would add adversely affect us,” says Ed Walsh, V.P of Operations for Emterra Environmental. Darryl Goodwin is the president of Enviro-Smart Organics. He foresees problems if the trend continues. “If all the waste haulers get on the bandwagon, then we are not going to be able to sustain our present composters in the Metro Vancouver region. It will definitely affect myself and my other competitors.” Bylaw 280 will require waste disposal companies to use regional facilities. Controls over disposal fees and bans are critical tools to divert recyclable materials from landfills and keep disposal costs down. “There’s definitely a link between what Metro Vancouver allows to go to the landfill and what they require by regulation to be recycled and mattresses are a perfect example of that,” says Terryl Plotnikoff, founder of Canadian Mattress Recycling. “Originally we planned to start this company in 2014, but with the bylaw restriction January 1st, 2011, we had to really move our plans forward. We were immediately welcomed with (regard to) mattresses, because people needed them recycled.” Keeping our waste in-region encourages local recycling and ensures services are available for everyone. “When there isn’t a service available, people feel helpless,” notes Plotnikoff. “Society I think in general wants to be more responsible for the waste that we produce and recycling companies and composting companies are helping people be able to do that.”

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