Under a new industry financed stewardship programme, Canadian non-profit organisation Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC) will provide curbside recycling services to around 1.25 million households from 19 May.

With the launch of the new programme, the responsibility for managing recycling has shifted from regional and municipal governments and their taxpayers to business.

MMBC’s recycling collection is the first programme in Canada that keeps local governments and taxpayers away from managing the residential recycling of packaging and printed paper.

BC residents will be able to recycle new items such as milk cartons, foam packaging, plant pots, aluminium foil packaging, plastic films and drink cups that are often ignored in curbside or depot recycling programmes.

MMBC will introduce its recycling services In two new BC communities, Prince George and Quesnel, from September.

MMBC managing director Allen Langdon said that the addition of two new communities indicates the organisation’s key step towards improving curbside recycling throughout the province.

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"We are very pleased to welcome Prince George and Quesnel into the programme and look forward to working with these communities to introduce curbside recycling collection and keep more recyclable materials out of landfill," Langdon added.

MMBC works to ensure that BC businesses and households meet their corporate sustainability objectives while providing recycling services to consumers. MMBC is set to start resident education activities in late April to support the programme.

Image: MMBC will start curbside recycling collection in BC, Canada. Photo: courtesy of thephotoholic/