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Chamber praises province for fee exemption

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is applauding the province for exempting small business from recycling fees being imposed with the introduction of Multi Material BC (MMBC).

The agency will be targeting packaging and printed paper with fees that will go into effect in May. But the province has announced an exemption for B.C. businesses with annual revenues less than $1 million, that produce less than a tonne of packaging and printed paper annually, and/or have only one retail outlet.

"This is a huge relief to our local business community," said New West chamber president Christine Conway. "This change exempts the majority of our local businesses, including all of our Mom and Pop shops, from new costs and red tape.

"It became clear that this regulation would have unintended fallout for businesses, and particularly small businesses, across B.C. As a chamber network, we knew we needed to roll up our sleeves, get to work and fix this thing."

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