Recycling Negotiating Committee Holds Inaugural Meeting

The Union of BC Municipalities has struck a new Recycling Negotiating Committee to address the recently endorsed Resolution 2013 – SR1. The new Committee held its inaugural meeting on October 16th in Richmond, where it agreed upon a terms of reference. The Committee also discussed a range of outstanding issues surrounding the MMBC agreement, and engagement with both the Province and MMBC.

The Committee agreed to pursue the development of a negotiation framework for discussion with MMBC, which would be based on identified concerns with MMBC's proposed agreement. Rather than negotiating one provincially binding agreement, the Committee's proposed framework, or template, could then assist local governments in their own discussions and negotiations with MMBC.

The Recycling Negotiating Committee was struck to address the recently endorsed Resolution 2013 – SR1, which called for:

  • the provincial government and Multi-Materials BC (MMBC) to provide an additional 90 days to local governments to properly clarify and consider the MMBC offer prior to the implementation of the MMBC Packaging and Printed Paper Stewardship Plan in May 2014;
  • a provincial review and revision of the MMBC stewardship plan to address outstanding local government concerns; and
  • the appointment of a representative committee to negotiate with the Province and MMBC on the implementation of the MMBC stewardship plan.

The Committee is also currently seeking an audience with the Minister of Environment, the Honourable Mary Polak, to discuss the packaging and printed paper implementation plan.

In the coming weeks, UBCM will be soliciting input from local governments on the status of their discussions and negotiations with MMBC, as well as outstanding issues with regards to MMBC's offer and agreement.

UBCM encourages local governments to continue to discuss with MMBC their respective financial incentive offers and issues regarding the proposed MMBC agreement. Local governments are also encouraged to seek clarification from MMBC on the organization's option of providing additional time for local governments to consider MMBC's financial incentive offer.

The UBCM Recycling Negotiating Committee will continue to provide regular updates on its deliberations via UBCM's electronic newsletter, the Compass, and member releases, where appropriate.

The Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

  • Mayor Malcolm Brodie, City of Richmond
  • Mayor Mike Clay, City of Port Moody
  • Mayor Sharon Gaetz, City of Chilliwack
  • Chair Robert Gay, Regional District East Kootenay
  • Councillor Linda Hepner, City of Surrey - UBCM Presidents Committee Liaison
  • Mayor Nils Jensen, District of Oak Bay
  • Chair Art Kaehn, Regional District of Fraser Fort George
  • Mayor Garry Litke, City of Penticton
Any questions regarding the status of the Committee can be directed to Jared Wright, Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, by email to jwright@ubcm.ca or by telephone at 250-387-0891.

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