Canada-based recycling firm Green by Nature EPR (GBN) has secured a contract from Multi-Material BC (MMBC) to manage the post-collection system for its residential packaging and printed paper recycling programme in British Columbia (BC), Canada.

The programme will begin delivering services to nearly 1.25 million households in May. It will help BC’s population to recycle certain new categories of packaging such as milk cartons, foam packaging, plant pots, aluminum foil packaging, and others.

GBN will manage the processing and marketing of around 185,000t of packaging and printed paper material collected from curbside households, multi-family buildings and depots across the province.

GBN will also be responsible for involving over 20 subcontractors from the recycling industry in managing the integrated province-wide MMBC post-collection system. The contract will help MMBC to achieve its targeted 75% recovery rate for packaging and printed paper.

A new workforce of 570 people are expected to be hired to manage the post-collection system, which may also result in $32m in new investment in the province, including capital investment in two new facilities.

The facilities include a container recycling facility in the Lower Mainland that will raise sorting efficiency, recovery and the quality of recovered products. A material recovery facility in Nanaimo will sort and prepare collected material for shipment to downstream processors and end markets.

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MMBC managing director Allen Langdon said: "MMBC’s partnership with GBN represents a new and innovative approach to packaging and printed paper recycling, and puts BC at the forefront of industry led recycling programmes in Canada."

GBN CEO Albino Metauro said: "Being selected by MMBC – the most extensive industry-led product stewardship programme ever to be implemented in BC – means that Green by Nature EPR has the opportunity to not only employ existing recycling infrastructure but also make significant investments in BC’s recycling infrastructure that have not been possible until now."