Recently there has been a major shift in public opinion about the way in which governments should raise the revenues necessary for pollution control and environmental management. The view is that the revenues necessary to fund waste management and pollution control should come from the waste generators and not from government. To do otherwise would mean that the general public would be subsidizing the waste disposal costs of waste producers.
The purpose of this report has been to undertake three tasks. First, to provide a critical review of British Columbia's current waste discharge permit fee system. Second, to examine the types of discharge fee systems used in other jurisdictions and the results these systems have achieved. Third, to make recommendations on potential improvements to the province's current discharge permit fee system.
Stone, Michael. 1990. Pricing Pollution: Revising British Columbia's Waste Discharge Permit Fees. BC Ministry of Environment