Other jurisdictions and international bodies have recognized British Columbia as a leader in developing innovative product stewardship programs which shift the responsibility of managing specific wastes from general taxpayers to industry and consumers. Over the past 12 years the province has embarked on a number of product stewardship initiatives, at first financed through government levies and operated by government, and later through systems financed and operated by producers and consumers to manage the highest priority wastes. Product categories managed under these systems include scrap tires, lead-acid batteries, ready-to-serve beverage containers and the products that generate the greatest volume of household hazardous wastes. Despite the success of these programs, British Columbia's solid waste system continues to impose a substantial burden on the environment and on taxpayers through the municipal waste management infrastructure. The strategic objective of this business plan is to guide the development
BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection. 2002. British Columbia Industry Product Stewardship Business Plan 2002/2003 – 2004/2005. BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection
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