Sponsors: Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse
WHEREAS the BC Ministry of Environment intends to finalize the “Landfill Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste” guidance document after January 31, 2016;
AND WHEREAS the inclusion of the new standards in Landfill Operational Certificates will require local governments to meet the new standards associated with landfilling in BC, which will result in increased costs for landfill development, operation and closure and limit the ability for local governments to move forward with additional waste reduction initiatives;
AND WHEREAS in many areas of the Province of BC, government regulated Extended Producer Responsibility programs are not providing reasonable service levels which is resulting in more landfilled waste and greater costs to local governments;
AND WHEREAS local governments have a responsibility to their taxpayers to be fiscally responsible recognizing the challenging times for all taxpayers of BC:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of British Columbia provide funding assistance to local governments in developing and implementing sustainable waste reduction initiatives and further that the Province of British Columbia ensure that regulated extended producer responsibility programs are paying 100% of the costs associated with their collection programs and are providing reasonable service levels to all of BC.