MMBC requires review by Auditor General

Update July 2015: SUCCESS:
http://saanichsouth.blogspot.ca/2015/07/mmbc-under-review-by-auditor-general.html
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TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, IN LEGISLATURE ASSEMBLED:

Whereas the BC government has enabled the creation of Multi Material BC (MMBC) and transferred to it substantial regulatory authority over the recycling sector;

Whereas MMBC is controlled by corporate interests outside of British Columbia;

Whereas MMBC has been granted authority to compel businesses to pay fees substantively equivalent to taxes, of approximately $100 million annually;

Whereas the government is implementing a scheme that has the effect of allowing it to evade public accountability for monies collected through regulatory authority;

Whereas MMBC has been structured to operate outside of the ‘Budget Transparency and Accountability Act’, and the ‘Financial Administration Act’;

Whereas MMBC has been granted near-exclusive monopoly of the packaging and printed paper recycling sector;

Whereas municipalities and businesses across BC have repeatedly raised serious concerns with both the structure and practices of MMBC;

Whereas MMBC undermines successful recycling initiatives already in place such as the Refundable Beverage Containers program;

Whereas BC residents object to MMBC’s refusal to collect materials that used to be recyclable under the original municipal system;

Whereas BC businesses object to being charged recycling fees by MMBC for materials which MMBC is not actually recycling;

Whereas MMBC has failed to publicly release audited financial statements contrary to the terms of its contract with BC businesses;

Whereas MMBC fails to adopt a life-cycle analysis of recyclables or address the environmental concerns which underpin the demand for recycling in the first place;

NOW THEREFORE THE SIGNATORIES BELOW DO HEREBY REQUEST THE PROVINCE OF BC TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THE AUDITOR GENERAL INITIATES A REVIEW OF MMBC.

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