Canadian Magazine Industry News
10 June 2009,     WINNIPEG
Manitoba introducing recycling tax
If proposed legislation goes through, magazine publishers delivering copies in Manitoba will begin paying a levy on recyclable materials in the province beginning April 1, 2010.

According to a draft of the Packaging and Printed Paper Program Plan (P&PP) published by Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba (MMSM) in late May, industry will be hit with a 3.161 cents/kg tax on magazines and other printed paper, and a 28.140 cents/kg tax on poly material.

An industry and stakeholders consultation is under way. The final plan will be presented to government on June 22.

The program is similar to Stewardship Ontario, though under Manitoba's P&PP, industry is responsible for 80% of net costs, compared to 50% in Ontario.

The magazine industry has long-complained about the fact that foreign publishers—despite accounting for much of what gets deposited into blue boxes—don't pay into these stewardship programs.

Publishers subject to the new tax will receive an invoice on May 1, based on 2009 data.
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