Who We Are

The RCA’s mission is to promote, facilitate and advocate for a Circular Economy in Alberta through waste reduction and resource conservation.

Through a consultative approach and support of the RCA Committees and partners (i.e., government, industry, stewardship organizations and other associations) and additional stakeholders, the RCA will pursue protection of the environment through resource conservation following the 3Rs hierarchy.

Our Vision

A waste-free world.

RCA Strategic Plan (June 2017)

RCA Strategic Session Review / Update (Jan. 2018)

Governance and Policies

RCA Bylaws (adopted Oct. 2, 2019)

RCA Policies Binder

RCA Project Teams

In launching our updated strategic plan, the RCA is encouraging the development of project teams that will focus on specific actions related to our goals and objectives.

Through our consultations with board and committee members, we have chosen to refresh our structure in hopes to provide more opportunity for members to get involved and drive action. We are looking for members who are keen to help deliver projects in these primary areas (2020): EPR Engagement, Circular Cities, On-Farm Composting, Recycling Coordinator Training, and RCA Conference.

EPR Engagement Project Team
Description: Bring Stakeholders together through a collaborative approach that provides a positive atmosphere for EPR to take hold in Alberta.
Objective: Create a collaborative groundswell of support for Packaging and Paper Products EPR in Alberta that represents the voices of municipalities and stewards. Develop a united front, and propose a custom-built “Made In Alberta” EPR approach to the Alberta government, ensuring that all stakeholders’ voices are heard.

Circular Cities Project Team
Description: The current economy is linear, which means that things are made with raw materials, used and then disposed. In contrast, a circular economy keeps products and materials circulating within the economy at their highest value for as long as possible, through reuse, recycling, remanufacturing, sharing and delivering products as services.
A circular economy approach is not only more resource efficient but provides an opportunity to develop more stable operating environments for manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
Cities are the engine room of the circular economy. Globally, for the first time ever, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. It is the power of cities that will drive the global development of the circular economy – an approach which provides a sustainable and profitable alternative to the way our economy currently works. (LWARB 2017)
Objective: Circular cities which capitalise on these opportunities to become more resilient, resource-efficient and competitive for the future.
Development of “Circular Cities Route Map” components for implementation in participating Alberta cities.

On-Farm Composting Project
Description: The lack of composting capacity in the province has led to challenges for both municipal and ICI organics diversion programs. At the same time, Stickland Farms near Penhold has been very successful in building a viable composting facility, largely on the basis of providing soil amendment for its own farming operation. Not only has this facility avoided many of the issues other sites have faced, such as nuisance (odours) and market challenges, but has resulted in considerable cost savings as a result of reducing fertilizer requirements.
There is an opportunity to develop additional on-farm organics processing facilities in various regions of the province. This would address the lack of processing capacity, while also providing an opportunity for interested farmers.
Objective: Development of an on-farm organics processing case study and best practice example.

Recycling Coordinator Training / Certification
Description: There is no formal industry training available for individuals working as recycling coordinators or managers. As a result, most people learn on the job, which is an issue for young people entering the field, as well as organizations looking to hire qualified staff.
A formal training course (that may be associated with a level of certification) would provide a basis of knowledge for employees in the recycling field.
Objectives: Development of a training course that will provide basic waste management and recycling training for individuals working as recycling managers at various levels. This course may include formal testing and a level of certification.

Join a Project Team

Are you interested in influencing the direction and future of the Recycling Council of Alberta? Then we urge you to join one of the RCA’s Project Teams. Email us and let us know which of the projects you are interested in.

Recycling Council of Alberta Annual Reports