Surrey Board of Trade wants delay on Bylaw 280 To Regulate Municipal Solid Waste And Recyclable Materials
The Surrey Board of Trade has been involved in Metro Vancouver's efforts to find solutions to the steadily growing issues around the waste disposal issues in Metro Vancouver.
We have followed, and frequently been in support of their efforts to increase recycling, deal with the problems of multi-unit housing, and in particular, those issues that affect the business community. We have also closely followed the discussions concerning the waste to energy proposals. This is a landmark piece of legislation with enormous economic and philosophical ramifications for the business community (as well as individual taxpayers). The Surrey Board of Trade recommends:
- That the BC Government and Metro Vancouver take a cautious approach to Bylaw 280 to take the necessary steps that will ensure a more comprehensive, simple understanding of Bylaw 280 amongst the business community in terms of its impacts on the cost of doing business and to the future of waste management. The BC Government and Metro Vancouver need to be receptive to feedback from the business community.
- That the BC Government and Metro Vancouver delay signing Bylaw 280 to allow time to assess the ramifications of MMBC and other changes to garbage collections taking place currently.
- That the BC Government impose conditions on Metro Vancouver if Bylaw 280 is approved, that would ensure that municipal solid waste is managed in a cost effective and environmentally sustainable manner, that ensures no unintended financial impacts to local taxpayers and that opportunities to maximize waste diversion through private sector participation are clearly defined and realized. Further, there needs to be scheduled review periods of the bylaw.
The Surrey Board of Trade wants to work together with the BC Government and Metro Vancouver to create a world-class waste management system. The Surrey Board of Trade will continue to receive and consider additional information that stakeholders will provide.
WHAT IS BYLAW 280?
A Bylaw To Regulate Municipal Solid Waste And Recyclable Materials