Newfoundland and Labrador
Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB)
MMSB was established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1996 to support and promote sustainable waste management through the development and implementation of waste diversion and public education programs. MMSB develops, manages and administers the Used Beverage Container Recycling Program and Used Tire Recycling Program. In addition, MMSB works with the Department of Environment and Climate Change to research and develop Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations. MMSB has approved province-wide EPR programs for paint, electronics and used oil and is responsible for ensuring industry compliance with set timelines, operational requirements and performance targets.
Beverage Container Recycling Program
Used Beverage Container Recycling Program encourages recycling through a deposit-refund system. It was established in 1997 as part of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Waste Management Regulations. When a ready-to-drink packaged beverage is purchased in Newfoundland and Labrador, the consumer pays a small deposit. When the used beverage container is brought to a Green Depot, the consumer is given a refund. Green Depots are a network of independently owned and operated enterprises that generate revenue through the handling fee collected on beverage containers. There are currently 55 Green Depot locations in the province which are licensed by MMSB. Learn more about the program at greendepotnl.ca.
Used Tire Management Program
The Used Tire Management Program ensures tires are collected and processed in an environmentally sound manner. In 2002 Newfoundland and Labrador’s Waste Management Regulations banned the disposal of highway tires (rim size 24.5 inches or less) in landfills. This program gives residents a return-to-retailer service so they can properly dispose of used tires. A one-time environmental fee is applied when new tires are purchased.
Public Education and Awareness
MMSB also has a mandate for public education, which is crucial to increasing awareness and participation in sustainable waste management practices and programs. MMSB houses a number of resources on its Rethink Waste NL website, which also allows residents to use a search bar to find proper disposal options for their waste.