Bylaw 280 damaging to business in Metro Vancouver
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce does not support Metro Vancouver’s Bylaw 280, which introduces market control measures through waste flow management. Bylaw 280 limits competition, increases business costs and constrains economic growth. After consulting with waste management providers, Metro Vancouver managers, and the Tri-Cities Chamber Public Policy Committee, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors concludes that the bylaw unnecessarily increases the cost of business, negatively impacting the regional economy.
Our research found that waste management companies will face a 45 to 100% increase in fees over the next few years if the bylaw is implemented, a cost that will be passed on directly to businesses that hire waste haulers to dispose of their materials. Bylaw 280, coupled with the costs associated with other waste management policies currently being tabled, creates an unfriendly environment for business in Metro Vancouver.
“Anything that significantly increases the cost of doing business without a value-added benefit cannot be good for the local economy. As a Chamber, our purpose is to support local business and remove obstacles to economic growth. Bylaw 280 contradicts that agenda and works against that goal.” – Michael Hind, Executive Director, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
The bylaw also constrains the waste management market, reducing competition, and damages the opportunities for local small waste haulers to compete with waste conglomerates. By limiting the opportunities to operate in the waste management market, Bylaw 280 prevents the use of new technologies intended to increase waste diversion, such as advanced recycling methods. This contradicts Metro Vancouver’s waste management goal to maximize recycling and material recovery.
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce puts business interests first. As an organization we are not against sustainable waste management. We support the concept of a sustainable waste model, but believe more research and consultation is required in order to construct a business-friendly sustainability plan.
The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.
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