October 2019

RCA & SWRC Joint Regional Workshop November 21

Join your colleagues for an informative day of waste reduction discussions in Lloydminster on November 21. Topics include single-use plastics, composting in the winter, an update from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, a review of the Landfill Operator Certification in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Evapotranspiration Landfill Biocover and more!

The RCA Welcomes Three New Board Members

At this year’s AGM three new directors were elected. Please join us in welcoming Ursula, Jeannie and Christy as the board continues its valuable work in setting the direction of the organization.

Congratulations to the 2019 Rs of Excellence Winners

The University of Calgary, the Fort Saskatchewan Waste Program, Ecole Pine Grove Middle School, Alberta Bike Swap, and Plastic-Free YYC were all recipients. Read more about their winning work…

Alberta’s Recycling Sector Could Contribute $1.4 Billion to the Economy, Report Finds

Alberta’s recycling sector generated $700 million in economic value in 2018, as well as supporting over 7,500 direct jobs, new analysis has found. The analysis also highlights the potential to increase this contribution in future to $1.4 billion in economic value, and 13,000 jobs. In addition to the benefits to the Alberta economy, materials collected in Alberta that are processed and utilized in neighboring jurisdictions provide additional jobs in those areas which were not included in the study.

Calgary Co-op Food Stores to Remove Plastic Shopping Bags in January 2020

With increasing concerns about the amount of plastic used in retail and feedback from our members, Calgary Co-operative Association Limited is taking continued action to reduce the number of plastic shopping bags we sell...

2019 Project Team Summary

In case you missed it, here’s an update on our work from the past year!

EPR a triple-win for Albertans, says councilor.

Albertans could save tens of millions of dollars and keep 25 per cent more trash out of the landfill if the province brings in extended producer responsibility laws.

Recycling re-think needed for Alberta, says urban municipalities association

Alberta needs a new approach to recycling — and must make big, waste-producing companies part of the solution —or more municipalities might step away from recycling programs that are not viable.

Recycle BC Response to CBC Marketplace

Recycle BC responds to CBC Marketplace story on challenges related to plastics recycling

Return-It Announces Changes to Beverage Container Deposit Levels Effective November 1, 2019

Encorp Pacific, better known as Return-It, the industry owned, not-for-profit product stewardship organization responsible for beverage container recycling in B.C., will increase deposits for non-alcohol beverage containers up to and including 1 litre from 5 cents to 10 cents, starting November 1, 2019.

Canadian app diverts food from landfill while saving people money on groceries

Tonnes of food that would have gone in the trash is instead is ending up on plates thanks to an app developed by a Canadian company.

Extended Producer Responsibility Program to be Developed for Packaging and Printed Paper in New Brunswick

An extended producer responsibility program for packaging and printed paper will be developed by the provincial government in collaboration with Recycle NB and stakeholders...

Nova Scotia to Ban Plastic Bags

Nova Scotians want to do more to help protect our environment and keep plastics out of our lakes, waterways and oceans. Government wants to do more, too - that’s why it is banning single-use plastic bags...

Unilever Announces New Ambitious Commitments for a Waste Free World

By 2025, the global consumer goods company will eliminate more than 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging and collect and process more plastic packaging than it sells...

'Right to Repair' Rules Brought in for Appliances

Household appliances will become easier to repair thanks to new standards being adopted across the European Union...

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