Sponsors: Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS BC product stewardship programs are funded through the collection of eco-fees paid by consumers at the time of product purchase;
AND WHEREAS inadequacies exist in the product stewardship programs for small or rural communities where eco-fees are paid by the consumer but there are no collection depots available thereby increasing the likelihood of inappropriate disposal:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to increase the opportunities for accessibility by consumers in small or rural communities to collection depots.
The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution specifically calling for an increase in the opportunities for accessibility by consumers in small or rural communities to collection depots.
However, the membership endorsed resolution 2009-B115, which called on the Provincial Government to undertake a complete review of all existing BC stewardship programs to ensure that all communities in British Columbia were receiving the full benefit of existing stewardship programs before the government developed programs for new stewardship products. This resolution arose from local government concern that smaller communities and Regional Districts were not being properly serviced by the various product stewards, and as a result, were bearing the additional costs of product collection and disposal.
In response to the resolution, the Provincial Government expressed openness to local government input during the development of and consultation on stewardship plans to ensure appropriate levels of service. To provide input regarding existing stewardship plans, the Province suggested that local governments should communicate directly with stewardship agencies, either individually or as a collective through the BC Product Stewardship Council.