Surrey Board of Trade says no to Recycling Program

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NDP too objects

Anita BWSurrey: The Surrey Board of Trade is not supporting the new recycling regime under the direction of Multi-Materials of BC.
“The position was taken due to a rising number of concerns being raised by small businesses, which comprise a large percentage of our membership,” said Anita Huberman, CEO. “We’re concerned that the financial and administrative impact on business will result in much higher fees required to comply with the law, or administrative loads necessary to comply with these additional levels of red tape. This will increase the cost to business and in effect our economy.”
There is considerable unhappiness with the way the program has been developed and imposed, with little apparent regard for the economic health of the business sector, as well as little regard for programs, such as newspaper recycling which is already highly successful. Some businesses have charged that the changes will result in additional charges for this collection, which currently returns about $120 per tonne.
“The Surrey Board of Trade is prepared to participate with the provincial government assisting with stakeholder consultations and workshops to help resolve some of these issues. Of course we will also assist in disseminating program information, facilitating workshops and communicate to the monitoring table for this program.”
The intent of this program was to reduce waste, to reduce the packaging used in consumer goods. Instead business is now faced with actual added costs – and that is not acceptable.
Opposition small business critic Lana Popham led NDP’s attack in legislature on the proposed new recycling regime under the direction of Multi-Materials of BC. She stated that government is setting up a system that is dangerously close to monopoly. This will inevitably lead to a decrease in quality of services and increase in price and residents will end up getting gouged with yet another hidden tax.

“Despite the May 19th deadline to enroll, the
program is clearly not ready, and we strongly urge the provincial government to impose a delay in its implementation or stop it all together until these problems are resolved,” said Huberman