Thank you for providing your input into the RDCK's submission to the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan!

The personal information gathered in this survey is collected pursuant to section 26 of the Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy Act. This information will be used for the purpose of providing feedback to the provincial government to develop the CleanBC Plastics Action Plan. Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the Privacy Officer at 250-352-8168, mmorrison@rdck.bc.ca, or RDCK Privacy Officer, Box 590, 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson BC, V1L 5R4.

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* 1. Do you think bans should be implemented on single-use plastic packaging in BC?

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* 2. What products should be banned?

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* 3. British Columbia has a wide-ranging recycling program based on the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The collection and recycling of many materials, including printed paper and plastic packaging, is managed and funded by the producers of these materials. Several categories of plastic items are not included in these EPR programs, such as re-usable plastic containers, freezer/sandwich bags and plastic straws, stir sticks and cutlery. Some of these items could be added to existing EPR programs or managed by newly created programs if they are added to the list of managed products in the Recycling Regulation.

Should current recycling programs be expanded to include more plastic items in addition to packaging?

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* 4. Beverage containers are managed by an EPR program through a deposit and return system for all beverages except for milk and milk substitutes. Deposit refunds provide an incentive to return and recycle beverage containers. Return rates for these containers are often 85% or higher. By applying deposits to all beverage containers millions of additional containers could be kept out of landfills and the environment.

Should deposit and refund programs for beverage containers be expanded to include containers for milk and milk substitutes?

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* 5. With the launch of the Canada-wide Action Plan on Zero Plastic Waste, the federal government is developing national performance requirements and standards for plastics. These standards could include a minimum amount recycled content for plastic packaging and products. British Columbia is involved in shaping these standards and determining how they will work with existing EPR programs. By requiring a minimum recycled material content in new products, a consistent demand will be created for recycled plastic and significant energy savings can realized manufacturing products compared to using virgin materials and fossil fuels.

What should the BC government do to help the development and implementation of recycled content standards in plastic packaging?

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