British Columbia is the only province in Canada with 100% extended producer responsibility for packaging materials. Under B.C.’s system business owners pay a fee for packaging they create. The Recycling Regulation, under authority of the Environmental Management Act, sets out the requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) in B.C.

Recycle BC is a not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper product recycling throughout British Columbia. These are the communities Recycle BC has directly assumed responsibility for curbside recycling. Recycle BC ensures household recycling is picked up, sorted, and responsibly recycled. Over 1,200 businesses, including retailers, manufacturers and restaurants, fund the Recycle BC program, shifting costs away from homeowners.


Extended Producer Responsibility Policy Framework

 

Legislated EPR Programs

  • Beverage containers
  • Electronics – audio-visual and telecom, cell phones, computers and accessories, tools, TVs, large and small appliances
  • HHSW – batteries, corrosives and irritants, flammables, pesticides, aerosols, mercury lamps and other mercury products, paint, pharmaceuticals, solvents
  • Automotive – lead acid batteries, tires, used oil, filters and containers, glycol PPP

Voluntary EPR Programs

  • Milk containers

Other Diversion

  • Municipally funded and operated organics programs                                              

Planned EPR Programs

  • Furniture, textiles, carpet

Diversion Rates

All materials diverted

1,754,758

White goods

20,493

Electronics

30,856

Plastics

65,851

Tires

42,991

Construction, renovation and demolition

126,623

Other materials

29,040


Diversion Rate Statistics