About MMSB

ABOUT MMSB

Who We Are

History and Mission

The Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) is a Crown agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, reporting to the Minister of Environment and Conservation. It was established in 1996 to develop, implement and manage waste diversion and recycling programs on a province-wide basis for specific waste streams designated by the government.

Since 1996, MMSB has worked with various stakeholders throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to develop and implement recycling and waste diversion programs to ensure a clean and healthy environment throughout the province. These initiatives include the Used Beverage Container Recycling Program, the Tire Recycling Program, Used Oil Recycling Program, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program and a Residential Backyard Composting Program.

MMSB's mandate has expanded over time to include supporting the implementation of the provincial Waste Management Strategy through the administration of the Newfoundland and Labrador Waste Management Trust Fund. In addition, MMSB is also responsible for the development and implementation of province-wide public education initiatives to promote more progressive waste management practices in Newfoundland and Labrador, with a particular focus on waste reduction and recycling.

Governance

MMSB is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Environment and Conservation. The Board is responsible and accountable for the overall business affairs of MMSB.

MMSB is a self-financed Crown agency that does not receive any funding from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its revenues are derived from levies applied on various waste streams as authorized and prescribed under provincial legislation (presently beverage containers and tires), as well as from the sale of recyclable materials it collects under its various programs. MMSB's operating revenue in 2009-10 was approximately $23.0 million and operating expenditures were approximately $22.9 million.

One of the uses of the operating surpluses generated by MMSB is for investment in the Newfoundland and Labrador Waste Management Trust Fund to support the implementation of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy. As of March 31, 2010, there was a total of $8.6 million in the Trust Fund which has been allocated for projects committed to as well as anticipated programs and projects over the next three years.

Mandate

The mandate of MMSB is derived from the Environmental Protection Act and accompanying Waste Management Regulations, as well as from the Provincial Waste Management Strategy of 2002 and its associated implementation plan of 2007. MMSB is mandated, through these legislative and policy instruments, to support and promote modern waste management practices in the province, with a particular focus on waste reduction and recycling, as a means of helping to ensure a clean and healthy environment.