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Next Steps in Alberta’s EPR Engagement

As part of the ongoing EPR engagement process, including the EPR discussion paper released by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), the Recycling Council of Alberta plans to share its draft response with members by April 19. Members, if they wish, can reference the RCA’s response as a consideration in the development of their own submissions […]

Fostering Sustainable and Healthy Behaviour Workshops

Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr will be delivering introductory and advanced community-based social marketing training virtually in June. These workshops will be of particular interest to agencies working to promote waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, conservation, sustainable food consumption, the control of invasive species, modal transportation changes and other sustainable actions. These sessions will also be […]

Reminder: RCA’s EPR Webinar Series Kicks Off Tomorrow

The Recycling Council of Alberta is pleased to host a series of webinars about Alberta’s transition to extended producer responsibility (EPR) and what it means for organizations across the province. There is still time to register for the kick-off webinar tomorrow! We have also announced more details and some of the speakers in our follow-up webinars on […]

Get Informed about Alberta’s EPR Engagement and Connect with EPR Experts – March 30 Webinar

Alberta is prioritizing a circular economy with the advancement of extended producer responsibility (EPR) policy for Packaging, Paper Products, Single-Use Plastics, as well as Hazardous and Special Products. Stakeholder engagement is underway until the end of April and an EPR discussion paper has been released by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP). During a webinar on […]

ECCC Request for Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Studies

In 2020, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) published a National Waste Characterization Study (NWCS) that focused on characterizing organic materials in the waste sent to landfill. The results of the study support policy development, identify trends in waste disposal, and are a key data element required to estimate annual methane emissions from landfills in the National Inventory Report […]

EPR Engagement Discussion Paper Released and RCA Announces EPR Webinar

March 18, 2021 – Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) has released its discussion paper on advancing extended producer responsibility (EPR) policy in the province. The paper focuses on the creation of an overarching EPR regulatory framework for packaging and paper products (PPP), single-use plastics, and hazardous and special products (HSP). The Recycling Council of Alberta […]

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 […]

For Sale: Indoor four-bay waste station

The City of Airdrie is selling four of their extra four-bay waste stations through the GovDeals auction site. Please visit https://govdeals.ca/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&kWord=airdrie&whichForm=vehicle&searchPg=Main to view the listings and to bid.

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 […]

Fostering Sustainable and Healthy Behaviour Workshops

Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr will be delivering introductory and advanced community-based social marketing training virtually in June. These workshops will be of particular interest to agencies working to promote waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, conservation, sustainable food consumption, the control of invasive species, modal transportation changes and other sustainable actions. These sessions will also be […]

RCA Announces 2021 Banff Conference!

The Recycling Council of Alberta is excited to announce it is planning to proceed with an in-person conference September 29 to October 1, 2021 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The theme, Through the Looking Glass, seems very appropriate after the year we have had, and the quote from the tale, “we’re all mad here” is […]

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 […]

Call for Nominations to the RCA Board of Directors

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 enthusiastic people on meaningful resource conservation-related projects? Then the Recycling Council of Alberta needs you! If you want to be part of Alberta’s […]

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 […]