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Parksville chamber applauds B.C. gov't over changes to recycling regulations

The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce is applauding the B.C. government for listening and amending a recycling regulation that was causing substantial concern among businesses so that it will now impact less that one per cent of B.C.’s businesses.

“This is a huge relief to our local business community,” said Robynne Shaw, local chamber president. “This change exempts the majority of our local businesses, including all of our mom and pop shops, from new costs and red tape.”

The regulation targets packaging and printed paper (PPP) and is slated to go into force in May. The government has announced that it will enshrine in regulation an exemption for any B.C. business that meets any of the following criteria:

• annual revenues of less than $1 million;

• less than 1 tonne of packaging and printed paper produced annually and/or

• a single point of retail sale (and not supplied by or operated as part of a franchise, chain or under a banner).

That means that less than 3,000 businesses in the province will be captured by the regulation, out of more than 385,000. Shaw said the local chamber was made aware of this new regulation by one of our local members and took it to the B.C. Chamber for action.      — NEWS Staff

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