On December 21, 2009, B.C. announced that antifreeze and lead-acid batteries will be required to be part of producer-led recycling programs, requiring producers to develop, and submit for approval, recycling programs for these products by July 2011.

Antifreeze containers will also be included in recycling regulations. By July 2011, “people will be able to recycle antifreeze and its container as easily as oil, pesticides and paint.”

The lead-acid batteries included in the regulation are commonly found in cars, boats, motorcycles and locomotives. Recycling rules for these batteries are being brought into line with other industry-led recycling programs in B.C. Previously, lead-acid batteries were subject to a government-imposed fee which was then available to offset recycling costs faced by processors. With industry-led recycling programs government does not collect fees, although industry may choose to set their own fees to defray costs of recycling.

Producers that wish to develop a Product Stewardship Plan under Part 2 of the regulation must submit that plan to the Director for approval by October 1, 2010.

For more information, see http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/recycling/new.htm