Progressive Waste Partners for Recycling, Collection in British Columbia

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

July 9, 2014

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Progressive Waste Partners for Recycling, Collection in British Columbia

Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd. is partnering with a product stewardship firm to provide collection and recycling options for packaging and printed paper in British Columbia.

The Vaughan, Ontario-based Progressive Waste is the first recycling provider to work with the Burnaby, B.C.-based StewardChoice Enterprises Inc., which has developed a stewardship plan for producers to meet the requirements of British Columbia’s recycling regulation to recover at least 75 percent of their packaging and printed paper, according to a news release. Producer-funded service began being provided earlier this year after the province passed the law in 2011.

The initial goal of the proposed program is to provide producer-funded collection and recycling to residents currently not being served, particularly those living in multi-family dwellings. Currently more than 20 percent of British Columbia households don’t receive a producer-funded recycling service.

“We are very pleased to have Progressive Waste Solutions, a leading BC waste and recycling services provider, come on board to support the development of the new EPR (extended producer responsibility) program,” said Neil Hastie, development director for StewardChoice.

Said Tom Loewen, Progessive’s BC area manager, “We believe that open and competitive markets provide producers and other stakeholders with cost-efficient collection and recycling services and facilitates more innovation in the marketplace.”

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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