In late 1989, the Cabinet of the Provincial Government endorsed a Ministry of Environment plan to reduce municipal solid waste (MSW) 50% per capita by the year 2000 in British Columbia. The goal is to be achieved through a combination of source reduction, reuse, and recycling measures. The Municipal Solid and Biomedical Waste Branch of the Ministry of Environment has commissioned a number of studies to evaluate existing markets for recyclable materials and identify ways to expand reprocessing activities in the province. The Branch has also implemented a variety of programs and incentive schemes recommended in those studies.
While recycling is well established for some types of materials, it is poorly developed for others. One material type for which the markets and supporting infrastructure are not well developed, is waste plastics. As a result, in February 1991, the Branch retained Peat Marwick Stevenson & Kellogg to conduct a study of waste plastics reprocessing in British Columbia.
Peat, Marwick, Stevenson & Kellogg. 1991. A Strategic Analysis of Waste Plastics Reprocessing in British Columbia. BC Ministry of Environment