This report begins by examining the amount and types of' MSW generated in British Columbia and estimates the quantity that is being recovered from the waste stream. Then it discusses the current market mechanisms to collect and process recyclable materials in the Province. Each major material type is discussed separately because of the strong differences in market characteristics.
After describing the current market conditions, a scenario for target recycling rates to achieve the 50% waste reduction goal is examined. The report then presents various market development strategies to facilitate the market expansion. Finally, a number of specific actions are recommended to expand the level of source reduction, reuse, and recycling in British Columbia.
The recycling industry is an extremely diverse and complex emerging segment of the British Columbia economy. This study is not an exhaustive analysis of waste flows and activities in the recycling industry, but an initial step to identify major market issues and recommend initial market development strategies to increase both the supply and demand for recyclable materials.
Peat Marwick Stevenson & Kellogg, The Recycling Development Corporation. 1990. A Market Development Plan for Recyclable Materials in British Columbia: Summary Report. BC Environment