Environment Minister Charlene Johnson speaks on Bell Island this morning. Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram
The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) announced today new licencing standards for its network of Green Depots throughout the province aimed at strengthening and improving the system.
Environment Minister Charlene Johnson said the move is also hoped to enhance the public's experience when visiting depots to recycle their used beverage containers.
"I commend the MMSB for implementing these important and strategic improvements that will benefit everyone involved." Johnson said this morning on Bell Island where a new Green Depot was opened.
"The enhanced standards will create a stronger and more efficiently operated system, as well as improve customer service. Ultimately, these changes will increase the number of beverage containers collected through the network of Green Depots, therefore reducing the amount of waste going into our landfills."
Highlights of the new Green Depot Licensing Standards include: customer service benchmarks that will see shorter wait times and improved hours of operations; a new handling fee paid to Green Depot operators that will better position the Depots as a viable long-term investment; an infrastructure loan program up to $10,000 to assist with the cost of adhering to the new standards; extending the reach of green depot services to better serve rural areas of the province; professional development workshops for depots; improved processing and transportation contracts; a fresh new look for all depots with the addition of new signage; and a consistent brand and marketing approach for all depots.
"MMSB thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the Green Depot system, from customer service to geographic coverage and accessibility of the depots to the public, with a view to making changes that will strengthen the system and encourage more people to recycle their beverage containers," said Leigh Puddester, chair and chief executive officer of the MMSB.
"After looking at other jurisdictions, reviewing best practices, and consulting with our depot operators, we are confident that the new standards we are rolling out such as better hours of operation, shorter wait times, and a cleaner environment will result in a quicker, easier and more rewarding experience for customers.
All 39 green depot operators licensed under the MMSB support the changes and have committed to be fully operational under the new standards by June 30.