RCA Newsflash

Waste Reduction Week Starts on Monday, October 18th!

Waste Reduction Week 2021 – October 18th to 24th This year is Waste Reduction Week in Canada’s 20th anniversary! The 2021 overall theme is Then – Now – Future. The Recycling Council of Alberta is once again promoting the national Waste Reduction Week program that focuses on the transformation to a circular economy. The program runs […]

Invitation from Cleanit Greenit Composting System Inc.

Hello everyone, I’m Kirstin, CEO of Cleanit Greenit Composting System Inc. It was great to see you all at the conference last week. I just want to share our latest newsletter with all the latest news and updates from our company. If you have any ideas for new compost locations, please contact me at kirstin@cleanitgreenit.net. We are hosting […]

Reminder – The RCA is Actively Recruiting Board Members!

The Recycling Council of Alberta is now accepting applications for Board Members! We’re looking for a diversity of community members with broad skillsets. Do you think more needs to be done to reduce waste and build a circular economy? Would you like to influence recycling policy in Alberta? Do you get inspired working with other […]

Reminder: Reduced Early Bird Conference Pricing Ends August 20th

Registration remains open for the 2021 RCA annual conference, Through the Looking Glass, which will take place from September 29th to October 1st, 2021, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The last day for early bird reduced rates is tomorrow, August 20th! Register now to secure your ticket to this fabulous Circular Economy […]

Job Opportunity: Banff Circular Communities Coordinator – Resource Recovery

Banff Circular Communities CoordinatorResource RecoveryTown of BanffTerm: October 2021 to October 2022 Banff is one of several Alberta municipalities participating in the Recycling Council of Alberta’s (RCA) ‘Circular Communities’ project. In this PT term and important position, you “Take Care of Banff” by advancing different elements of Banff’s circular economy which includes supporting Banff’s new […]

Register Today! RCA 2021 Banff Conference “Through the Looking Glass”

Only 10 days left to get the early-bird rate for the Through the Looking Glass conference. Last day for reduced rates is Aug 20, so register now to secure your ticket to this fabulous Circular Economy event. The conference program is shaping up to provide great learning, while we all look forward to the chance to network with our […]

Clean Wood Waste Wanted in Westlock Region

Alternative Root (AltRoot) Compost Facility is pleased to announce the startup of their new composting operation in Westlock County, Alberta. The operation will be recycling organic food wastes with vegetative materials to produce ‘Grade A’ compost for regenerative farming practices. Alternative Root’s composting facility will operate Covered Aerated Static Piles (CASP) on the Westlock Landfill […]

Job Opportunity: Junior Waste Diversion Engineer in Lethbridge

Junior Waste Diversion Engineer(Permanent, Full-time) The City of Lethbridge (www.lethbridge.ca) serves a community nearing 100,000 residents and is committed to delivering services in a way that earns the trust, respect and confidence of the community. The City of Lethbridge recognizes the diversity of our community and is working to ensure programs, services, facilities and employment […]

Alberta On-Farm Composting Operators Webinar

Tuesday, July 27th, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM MT Join the RCA’s second composting webinar on July 27th to learn from some of the best Albertan on-farm composting operators. The webinar will spotlight three composting operators, followed by a question period where participants can directly ask the operators questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear […]

RCA 2021 Banff Conference “Through the Looking Glass” Promises Strong Return

The Recycling Council of Alberta has now confirmed its in-person conference September 29 to October 1, 2021 at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel with its theme Through the Looking Glass. This year’s program is shaping up to be highly informative and engaging, with policy discussed by speakers from Alberta Environment and Parks and Environment and […]

Join the July 14 RCA webinar for an introduction to on-farm composting

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Mountain Time With the goal to advance a circular economy, the Recycling Council of Alberta has launched a project that aims to engage farmers in composting. The RCA is creating a guide that will be released shortly as an introduction to composting for farmers, ranchers […]

For Sale: Indoor four-bay waste station

The City of Airdrie is selling four of their extra indoor four-bay waste stations through the GovDeals auction site. Stations have never been used and are still wrapped. Please visit https://govdeals.ca/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&kWord=airdrie&whichForm=vehicle&searchPg=Main to view the listings and to bid. Newsflash paid for by the City of Airdrie

RCA Challenges Government on Cancellation of HHW Program Funding

RCA President Jodi Tomchyshyn London has sent a letter to Minister of Environment & Parks Jason Nixon raising concerns about the cancellation of HHW program funding, including the resulting financial hardship on municipalities, and the potential for increased environmental burden related to increased amounts of HHW in landfill. The RCA is keen to hear back from […]


June 15, 2021 Fifteen local governments have been selected to participate in the Canadian Circular Cities & Regions Initiative’s (CCRI) Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Network, designed to promote job creation and sustainable practices in the post-pandemic economy. The CCRI is a one-year national pilot developed by the National Zero Waste Council, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green […]

Gain Inside Knowledge from Experts at the ARMA ePilot Webinar

Update from ARMA – covering everything from the ePilot to HHW to Paint and more SPEAKERS: Ed Gugenheimer – Chief Executive Officer, ARMABrad Schultz – Director of Operations, ARMAAlana Yim – CEO of Woodbridge CommunicationsCathy Kingdon – P. Eng., Stantec On May 19th at 10 AM MT, the RCA will bring together key leaders of […]

Plastic Manufactured Items Added to CEPA Schedule 1

The Government of Canada has announced an amendment to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 to add plastic manufactured items to Schedule 1. Plastic manufactured items ·        Canada Gazette Order The final Order adding plastic manufactured items to Schedule 1 to CEPA has been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. A table summarizing all comments received on the proposed […]

Prepare your Municipality for the future at the ARMA ePilot Webinar

ARMA’s free ePilot webinar at 10 am MT on May 19th will cover a lot of ground with  updates on: the ePilot Project which launched on September 1, 2020 proposed changes to environmental fees in the electronics recycling program recent changes to the HHW program and the Paint Recycling Program. In addition, ARMA will share […]

May 19th webinar on the ARMA ePilot and more!

WEBINAR Update from ARMA – covering everything from the ePilot to HHW to Paint and more Join us at 10 am on May 19th for the “Update from ARMA – covering everything from the ePilot to HHW to Paint and more!” free webinar. This free webinar will provide participants with the latest updates on the […]

AEP Extends EPR Submission Deadline to May 17

Due to the high interest in Alberta’s engagement on EPR and the need to add additional engagement sessions, Alberta Environment and Parks has decided to extend the deadline for stakeholder feedback submissions until Monday, May 17th. The link to the discussion paper is available here. Reach Alberta Environment and Parks at:AEP.RecyclingRegulation@gov.ab.ca

ARMA’s HHW Program Update – April 2021

Household hazardous waste (HHW) roundups have been a staple in the lives of Albertans for over 30 years as municipalities and Indigenous communities have coached their residents to safely store items such as ammonia, bleach, oven cleaners and aerosol cans etc. to bring to the next roundup or year-round site. The millions of corrosive, flammable, […]

One week left to submit feedback on the EPR discussion paper

Alberta Environment and Parks’ extended producer responsibility (EPR) engagement is open for one more week. Submissions will be accepted in response to the government’s discussion paper on EPR until April 30. The Recycling Council of Alberta has provided its response in advance of the deadline for members to review as part of their own submissions. […]

RCA’s response to Alberta’s engagement on EPR and member webinar announcement

The Recycling Council of Alberta has provided a response to Alberta Environment and Parks’ discussion paper on Alberta’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) engagement. We have shared this response for members to review and use in consideration for their own submissions.  Submissions can be shared with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) by email, AEP.RecyclingRegulation@gov.ab.ca, or through […]

A unique EPR webinar – perspectives from waste and recycling service providers

The RCA is providing the opportunity for multiple sectors to engage in discussion on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) with experts from the industry and other provinces in its EPR webinar series. On April 20, the RCA will explore the impacts of EPR on waste and recycling service providers. Next Tuesday’s webinar will spotlight service providers […]

Alberta Environment and Parks Announces Launch of EPR Engagement Plans

March 17, 2021 – This morning the Minister of Environment and Parks, Jason Nixon, announced the government’s plan to begin formal consultation on extended producer responsibility (EPR). The announcement was delivered to attendees at the Rural Municipalities Association’s 2021 Virtual Spring Convention. The government also shared a press release on the announcement. The engagement will […]

RCA Releases EPR FAQs

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) has had a great interest from members and partners to learn more about Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). We released a list of FAQs to provide answers to common questions about EPR. The FAQs should be read in conjunction with the RCA’s Key Principles of an EPR Framework. EPR is […]

The National Circular Cities Initiative Launches Today!

The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) is excited to share the launch of the Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The RCA will collaborate with The National Zero Waste Council (NZWC), and Recyc-Quebec in a pilot program to advance circular economy knowledge sharing and capacity building among […]

ABCRC’s Board of Directors Appoints Guy West as President & CEO

As an experienced business leader, Guy has been involved in the Alberta recycling industry for over 31 years. Calgary, February 17, 2021. ABCRC’s Board of Directors announced today that Mr. Guy West has been appointed to President and CEO of the company. In his role as President for the past 19 years, Guy has been […]

Alberta Plastics Data Project RFP

The Alberta Plastics Recycling Association (APRA) and partners are seeking applicants to complete the Alberta Plastics Data Project.   This project aims to gather data from industrial companies along with one institution in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland region, located NE of Edmonton, on the types of post-use plastic generated; characteristics and quality of post-use plastic; how materials are […]

Less than one week until we hear from top EPR experts!

The Recycling Council of Alberta and Plastics Alliance of Alberta are gearing up to bring together top experts on extended producer responsibility on January 26 from 10 am to noon MST. There is a lot to cover on this complex topic and so we’ve asked professionals who have spent their life working on EPR to […]

Extended Producer Responsibility 101 Webinar – Back to Basics

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, from 10:00 am to Noon Mountain Time (add the event to your calendar: https://calndr.link/event/cz3heYXfLf ) Late last year, the Government of Alberta announced plans to advance engagement on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in early 2021. Further details on the planned engagement are anticipated shortly, as well as the release of a discussion paper […]

Alberta Announces Plans to Advance EPR Consultation in Early 2021

The RCA released a Newsflash on this announcement December 7 and will continue to share ongoing updates as they are made available. Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and Alberta Energy (AE) shared plans on December 7 to undertake an ambitious consultation process on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). The announcement was made to the provincial stakeholder […]

Don’t Miss the Chemical Recycling Webinar! This is your chance to learn about advanced recycling technologies from across the globe.

Tomorrow, November 17 at 10 am MT leaders from Closed Loop Partners, Pyrowave, CARBIOS and Enerkem will talk about their game changing technologies. They have been working on innovative solutions to recycle plastics back to monomer forms. Register: https://recycle.ab.ca/workshop/rcas-2020-webinar-series/ Paula Luu, Director at Closed Loop Partners, a hybrid investment and innovation center focused on the […]

New Speaker Announced for November 17 Webinar on Chemical Recycling

David Lynch from Enerkem will join the expert panel on The Recycling Council of Alberta’s chemical recycling webinar on Tuesday, November 17. The event will feature national and international organizations working on solutions to manage plastics through chemical recycling. Other experts will present from Closed Loop Partners, Pyrowave and CARBIOS. Speakers will be introduced by […]

Join the discussion on chemical recycling

RCA Webinar 10 am – noon MT, November 17 Many organizations are looking to accomplish diversion goals and better manage plastic. There is also increased involvement from government with single-use plastic bans, recycled content requirements and policies to advance recycling. Companies in Canada, the United States and Europe have been tackling plastic management challenges with […]

2020 Rs of Excellence Winners and New Board Members Announced

For the first time in its 30-year history, the Recycling Council of Alberta held is Annual General Meeting online. The meeting on October 14 was attended virtually by 60 members and supporters and organizations were recognized for their leadership in waste reduction at the annual Rs of Excellence ceremonies. The RCA also welcomed four new […]

Waste Reduction Week Starts Today!

There are a number of initiatives happening around the province during Waste Reduction Week 2020 from October 19 to 25. On Wednesday, leaders across the province will participate in the Leftovers Challenge. We encourage you to post a picture with your leftovers lunch, drawing attention to food waste and tag #reducefoodwasteAB. Follow us on Twitter […]

Watch the Goodwill Virtual Sustainability Show

After the success of the Goodwill Virtual Fashion Show in August, Goodwill is doing it again! But this time with a sustainability twist.  Join them on October 22nd at 7 pm via zoom for the first ever LIVE Goodwill Virtual Sustainability Show!   Tune in from the comfort of your home and prepare to be inspired by local […]

Join Our Webinar – The Latest on Canadian Circular Economy Policies

In light of recent federal and provincial announcements on EPR advancement, plastic bans and investment in a circular economy, the Recycling Council of Alberta and Recycling Council of British Columbia will host a webinar on national updates and how these changes will impact businesses and local governments. After its landmark announcement on bold initiatives including […]

Recycling Council of Alberta supports action on plastics

October 7, 2020 – The Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) believes announcements on action by the federal and provincial governments to manage plastic are crucial to tackling the issues of wasted resources and plastic pollution. The RCA advocates for the reduction of unnecessary plastics and the advancement of a circular economy for all materials, including […]

Don’t miss the RCA’s Resiliency Webinar

On Tuesday, September 22 at 10 am MT the RCA will bring together a panel of experts to discuss how we can collaboratively and sustainably improve the resiliency of our systems. Speakers include: Vanessa Corkal, one of the authors from Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada, Shannon Miedema, […]

How can we make our systems more resilient?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to take a closer look at how to create more resilient systems. The RCA will bring together a panel of expert speakers on September 22 to discuss how we do this collaboratively and sustainably. We’ll hear from: Vanessa Corkal, one of the authors from Green Strings: Principles and conditions […]

Scam Alert

It has come to our attention that scammers are targeting our members by email in an attempt to sell attendee lists to a virtual conference. Firstly, the RCA’s annual in-person conference has been cancelled this year and a webinar series will replace the conference (more information available at: https://recycle.ab.ca/workshop/rcas-2020-webinar-series/). Secondly, the RCA does not rent or sell […]

RCA Announces 2020 Webinar Series

The RCA is thrilled to announce our 2020 webinar series. We are bringing you themes that are both topical and comprehensive. Sponsored by Webinars will be held on the dates indicated, from 10:00 am to Noon, Mountain Time. The roster includes: September 22 – Building Resiliency of Material Systemsadd this event to your calendar Rarely […]

The RCA Replaces 2020 Conference with Alternate Engagement Plans

The Recycling Council of Alberta’s Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Waste Reduction Conference, scheduled for October at Lake Louise. In May we conducted a member survey and received great participation with feedback about your ability to attend the conference this year. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 […]