Recycling system was revised

Provincial recycling initiatives set to take effect in spring are much less severe than the fees which were first proposed.

Provincial recycling initiatives set to take effect in spring are much less severe than the fees which were first proposed, Summerland Chamber of Commerce representatives say.

Christine Petkau, manager of the chamber, said initially the changes meant a direct cost to all B.C. businesses, but revisions in early February meant fewer than 3,000 of more than 385,000 businesses would be targeted by the regulations.

“The government has shown a willingness to address this,” she said. “Hopefully, this will continue.”

While the new regulations target only the larger businesses, Petkau said consumers and smaller businesses are affected when larger businesses must pass on their expenses through higher prices.

Since early February, the chamber has not been involved in any further discussions about the recycling program.

“We would certainly work with any member who faces a negative impact from the program, to find proactive solutions,” said chamber president Arlene Fenrich.