Plan ahead for new recycling: Chamber says

Many B.C. businesses will be affected by a new recycling regulation that comes into force in B.C. on May 19, 2014.

Many B.C. businesses will be affected by a new recycling regulation that comes into force in B.C. on May 19, 2014.

The regulation imposes fees on any B.C. business that produces packaging, flyers, or any other printed materials that end up in residential recycling bins (blue boxes).

Businesses affected by this regulation will span from large retailers down to “Mom and Pop” retail operations. If your company is a producer of this “Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP),” you are required to have an approved product stewardship plan.

As a producer, you may appoint a stewardship agency to undertake your duties.

Information on this process can be found in the Ministry of Environment reference guide at

Among the many other benefits, are you aware that Chamber members get fuel discounts? With fuel prices going higher and higher this summer this may be something you should check out.

Some discounts are for two cents per litre off and or  3.5 per cent off total purchases of fuel, oil, top-up fluids, and washes.

For this and a list of all other benefits, check out the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce at

This is the time of year when we are planning our holidays in our province, we have trained counsellors available to provide information, plan your time away, make reservations, or contacts in many communities.

To get the most from a B.C. vacation, give us a call, have a look at the website, or email us at

Make sure you treat yourself and your family, have a great holiday, you deserve the break!

We invite members to attend our General Meeting luncheon Thursday, July 25 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Signal Point Restaurant.

Chamber meetings offer businesses the opportunity to meet other businesses.

The networking is valuable and one of our most popular activities.

Please RSVP by Tuesday to 250-392-5025.

Our guest speakers will be Brian Battison vice-president corporate affairs Taseko, Lyn Anglin president/CEO of Geoscience BC and Al Richmond chair of the Cariboo Regional District.

Members are encouraged to enter and win the Chamber Chatter draw sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune and the Wolf and the Rush radio.

Note that the next general meeting will be Sept. 26.

Chamber Profile July

Graeme Wallis,

commercial manager

BMO Bank of Montreal.

BMO Bank of Montreal is a publicly owned company. Rhonda Hordiuk, Gabriel Branco, and myself are all actively involved in our business and the community on a local level.

BMO Bank of Montreal is a full service chartered financial institution and was Canada’s first chartered bank. Our goal is to genuinely understand our customers businesses and develop comprehensive, well rounded financial solutions that will help businesses grow.

We strive to have a deep understanding of our customers businesses up front, paired with the highest levels of integrity and customer service.

This is what makes our banking experience unique.

I thoroughly enjoy what I do on a daily basis.

Getting out into the community and meeting business owners at their place of business is what I like to do the most.

Our business is actively involved in the local Chamber chapter. My favourite event is the annual Business Excellence Awards.

They give our community the chance to celebrate and support local business success; always a great event!


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