Who pays to take care of all the waste we create?
Cities and towns are responsible for managing waste. That was much easier and cheaper when everything was garbage and just went into the landfill.
Landfills are no longer the best way. They take up lots of space, are expensive, and can harm the environment.
Much of the materials in waste can be recycled. Hazardous things need to be kept out of the environment.
So who pays for that? Municipalities already spend lots of money on waste management. They can’t do it all.
The Province of Manitoba requires industries to help with the costs.
Every time a company sells recyclable products in Manitoba, it must pay the set fee for the item to a fund that helps municipalities with the ‘end of life’ costs. This includes tires, oil products, beverage containers, food and products with recyclable packaging, newspapers, electronics, fluorescent bulbs and hazardous materials. This extra cost may be charged to consumers as an enviro fee.
Where does that money go?
To the PRO’s – Producer Responsibility Organizations. These are non-profit organizations run by industry responsible for paying to cover recycling costs. Some is paid to municipalities. Some pays the shipping and handling fees needed to recycle these products.
Some PRO names are like alphabet soup: MMSM, CBCRA, EPRA, MARRC. Other are more obvious like Mb Tire Stewardship. The PRO’s have paid the Recycling Centre more than $129,500.00 in 2019.
The majority is for print and packaging materials (PPM). It was also paid for recycling tires, oil, hazardous waste and electronics.
This money comes from industry who created the waste, not from taxes.
The PRO’s make recycling happen in Manitoba.