Surrey Board nixes recycling program

The Surrey Board of Trade is not supporting the new recycling regime under the direction of Multi-Materials of BC (MMBC).
The Surrey Board of Trade is concerned that as businesses continue to struggle with a fragile economy, these additional fees and administrative pressures will increase prices and could create another level of bureaucracy imposed with little consultation. 
Sectors like the printing and publishing industries are facing serious consequences, which threaten their ability to continue in business at all. 
“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.”
At last year’s Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM0, the program was hotly debated and a number of communities rejected the financial incentives proposed by MMBC. 
“Despite the May 19 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. “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.”
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