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A Circular Communities Success Story – Town of Banff Library of Things

The Recycling Council of Alberta is working with select municipalities across Alberta on the Circular Communities Project to create opportunities to design out waste and conserve resources to transition to a circular economy. The Town of Banff is one of the Alberta communities participating in the Circular Communities Project. They created an opportunity to embrace […]

You are invited to the webinar “Accelerating Climate Action through the Circular Economy” on December 5th

The Circular Cities and Regions Initiative (CCRI) is pleased to invite you their next webinar: Accelerating Climate Action through the Circular Economy. Action on climate change and the circular economy work to achieve similar objectives: healthy environments, thriving citizens, and resilient communities. As local governments accelerate action on climate and circularity, they are considering how these efforts […]

RCA 2022 Board Additions

We are excited to introduce new board members Michael Atkinson, Amy Donahoe, and Roxanne Molnar who have joined the RCA’s Board of Directors. The RCA’s 2022-23 Board Members are: Michael Atkinson (Peace Regional Waste Management Company) Jeannie Bertrand (Dillon Consulting) Tammy Burke Amy Donahoe (Cascades Recovery+) André Joseph (GHD) Christy Lyon Roxanne Molnar (ABCRC) Mark […]

Announcing a Reuse Symposium in Toronto, Ontario November 30th

Announcing a Reuse Symposium in Canada! In partnership with governments, industry and civil society, Canada is moving towards its goal of zero plastic waste – where plastics stay in the economy and out of the environment. The Symposium on Reuse will bring together specialists, innovators and reuse leaders from Canada, the United States, and Europe, to share knowledge and experiences. You […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Geoff McCarney is a Professor of Environment and Development in the School of International Development and Global Studies, Associate Director (Research) for the Institute of the Environment, and Senior Director of Research for the Smart Prosperity Institute at the University of Ottawa.   Geoff’s research expertise includes areas of environmental, natural resource and development economics, with […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Pascal Ryffel is the Director of Government Relations with Alberta Counsel. He will be conducting a workshop on government relations; providing insights on why advocating to political decision-makers is important and how it can be done effectively regardless of the size of the organization.  After completing his MA in Media and International Development, Pascal spent four years with […]

Alberta Government Approves EPR Regulatory Framework

Champagne corks were popping yesterday in response to the notice that government has approved Alberta’s enabling regulatory framework for establishing extended producer responsibility. Order in Council 346/2022 was approved on October 3, 2022 and can be found at O.C. 346/2022 (alberta.ca). The EPR regulation will come into force on November 30, 2022. Information and fact sheets about the […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Dr. Yong Sik Ok is a full professor and global research director at Korea University. He has published over 900 research papers and books, 102 of which have been ranked as Web of Science ESI top papers. He currently serves as the director of the Sustainable Waste Management Program for the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) […]

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 […]

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Recycling Council of Alberta’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2021at 5:00 pmat The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge(1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper, Alberta) All members are welcome to attend and, among other items of business, vote for your new RCA board members. Thank you for your support. We hope to see […]

Opportunity to Attend Circular Economy Summit

The RCA’s Circular Economy Summit is coming up on Oct 6 in Sherwood Park. Although the Summit was originally catered to local politicians, as we developed the agenda it became apparent that the in-depth program would be of great value to all interested in how municipalities are leading the shift to the circular economy on […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Dr. Tracey Spack has worked in the field of environment and health for the last 18 years. As the Director for the Plastics Regulatory Affairs Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada, she is responsible for developing and implementing regulations to control and manage plastic waste and pollution, including the Single-Use Plastic Prohibition Regulations published on […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Karen Wirsig is the program manager, plastics for Environmental Defense. Karen previously worked as a journalist and as a labour and community organizer. She’s an active transportation enthusiast, has participated in her downtown Toronto housing co-operative for more than 20 years and is passionate about getting plastics out of the environment. We’re very excited to welcome Karen […]

Coloured Crumb Rubber For Sale

Alberta Environmental Rubber Products is offering dark-red coloured crumb rubber for sale. This material is high-quality crumb suitable for decorative landscaping. The material comes in 35 or 40 lb bags. Contact Glenn or Amy at 780-447-1994 or operations@aerp.ca for pricing and to order. Newsflash sent on behalf of Alberta Environmental Rubber Products

Conference Speaker Announcement

Babatunde Olateju is the Principal Research Associate and subject matter expert in sustainability at the Conference Board of Canada. His research at the Board informs Canada’s path toward a circular and carbon-neutral economy. Tunde leads a diverse team of researchers on Canada’s transition to a circular plastics economy. His recent projects have provided decision-useful insights […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Mehr Nikoo manages a clean technology portfolio at Alberta Innovates focusing on Bioenergy and the Circular Economy. Her work is focused on utilising agricultural and forestry residues and waste, plus plastics and emerging waste while reducing products entering landfills. Mehr’s diversified work experience involves leveraging her engineering and project management skills over the past 20 […]

Conference Speaker Announcement

Étienne Angers has a Master of Environmental Science and certificates in education and management. He started his career as a science journalist and developed thematic activities at the Biosphere Museum in Montréal before joining RECYC-QUÉBEC in 2013. At RECYC-QUÉBEC, Étienne has helped develop many projects and worked on several grant programs encouraging greener practices for […]

ECCC Invitation to Stakeholder Consultation Sessions on Two Plastics Initiatives

The Recycling Council of Alberta is assembling feedback to submit on the topics included in the consultations outlined below. In the meantime, please register for the indicated consultation sessions if desired. If you are planning to submit individual feedback, RCA would be very interested in receiving a copy so we can gauge our members’ opinions […]

Conference Keynote Announcement

We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival to have Emma Louden as a keynote speaker for RCA’s Circular Economy Conference. Emma Louden is an astrophysicist and space entrepreneur on a mission to help people find their place in space.  As a strategic thinker, Emma works at the intersection of academia and the space […]

Conference Keynote Announcement

We are thrilled to announce the first keynote speaker for RCA’s Circular Economy Conference. Heidi Sanborn is the Executive Director of the National Stewardship Council based in Sacramento, California. She has been a leader in the industry for over 32 years working as a consultant, and regulator at CalRecycle serving as Policy Advisor and advocate for […]

Job Opportunity: Operations Supervisor at Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission

Download job posting – pdf format Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission located in Westlock County is looking for an energetic hard-working individual who wants to become a member of or proactive team as Operations Supervisor. Westlock Regional Waste Operates the Regional Landfill, Recycle center, Hydrovac station, and plastic grinding facility in addition to working with […]

Love Food Hate Waste Canada is coming to Alberta

We are proud to officially bring Love Food Hate Waste Canada to Alberta! The Recycling Council of Alberta, Strathcona County, and the City of Lethbridge have joined with the National Zero Waste Council, and communities and businesses across Canada, to help people prevent household food waste. Over the course of the next year, LFHW Canada, […]

RCA Announces 2022 Conference in Jasper!

The Recycling Council of Alberta is excited to announce our Circular Economy conference October 19-21, 2022 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The theme Somewhere Over the Rainbow sets the stage for this fully reinvigorated conference where we can all plan for a more circular and positive future as we look for our pot of […]

Summer Ambassador Feature

The RCA is excited to welcome back Summer Ambassadors this year! They are itching to get started and will participate in various events across the province this summer to promote recycling and other environmental initiatives. They have a broad range of educational backgrounds and will represent the RCA at compost giveaways, waste audits, curbside studies, […]

RCA Releases Response to AEP’s EPR Consultation

The RCA has developed a draft response to AEP’s request for input on EPR regulations for packaging, paper products and single-use plastics (PPP-SUP) and hazardous and special products (HSP). Download the PDF Document We invite our members to provide comments regarding substantive input you may have regarding the proposed content, prior to its submission on […]

A Major Milestone: Alberta Introduces EPR Legislation

On Monday, Alberta took an important and exciting step forward for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in our province by tabling new legislation to approve its introduction to Alberta. If passed, Bill 83 (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Amendment Act) sets the foundation for the implementation of an EPR Framework in 2022. An EPR framework would create […]

Canada Plastics Pact releases ‘Roadmap to 2025’

Ambitious action plan unites key players behind a shared vision for a circular economy for plastics packaging in Canada More than 70 leading businesses, governments and organizations including the Recycling Council of Alberta have come together to release an ambitious action plan to eliminate plastic waste through the Canada Plastics Pact. Roadmap to 2025: A shared […]

Waste Reduction Week – Swap & Repair Sunday – October 24th

Waste Reduction Week – Swap & Repair Sunday It’s Sunday – the last day of #WasteReductionWeek and we are talking Swap & Repair. To wrap up the week, Canadians from coast to coast will engage with the theme swap and repair – two very simple yet important pillars to the circular economy. Many events planned […]

Waste Reduction Week – Sharing Economy Saturday – October 23rd

Waste Reduction Week – Sharing Economy Saturday Today is Sharing Economy Saturday! Access over ownership and the sharing economy are important pillars that contribute to a circular economy. By shifting to access over ownership, the responsibility falls to manufacturers to make longer lasting and more efficient products that are designed with repair and reuse as […]

Waste Reduction Week – Food Waste Friday – October 22nd

Waste Reduction Week – Food Waste Friday Today is Food Waste Friday – Take the Food Waste Pledge this Waste Reduction Week! Take the pledge and commit to making choices that will keep your food from becoming waste. You can take the pledge as an individual, school, business/organization, household, or community. When you take the […]

Waste Reduction Week – Plastics Thursday – October 21st

Waste Reduction Week – Plastics Thursday Day 4 of Waste Reduction Week and today is about highlighting how the circular economy can reduce the use and waste of plastics; motivate improved recyclability of plastic goods; and increase the value of recycled plastic by improving product design, use, and end of life management. On this day, […]

Waste Reduction Week – E-Waste Wednesday – October 20th

Waste Reduction Week – E-Waste Wednesday It’s Day 3 of Waste Reduction Week and today we are talking E-Waste through the lens of its contribution to advancing a Circular Economy. Electronic waste (e-waste) includes unwanted electronic equipment, such as smart devices and used cables, as well as batteries and fluorescent lights (including compact fluorescent lights). […]

Waste Reduction Week – Textiles Tuesday – October 19th

Waste Reduction Week – Textiles Tuesday It’s Day 2 of Waste Reduction Week and today is all about textiles! The Recycling Council of Alberta is excited to celebrate individual and collective environmental commitments, efforts, and accomplishments to advance a Circular Economy. Textiles Tuesday is about raising awareness on the environmental consequences of clothing and textiles […]

It’s Waste Reduction Week

Happy Waste Reduction Week! Waste Reduction Week 2021 – October 18th to 24th Waste Reduction Week in Canada is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the theme Then – Now – Future. The Recycling Council of Alberta is excited to once again celebrate individual and collective environmental commitments, efforts, and accomplishments while encouraging innovative ideas and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ARMA Releases HHW FAQ

In response to changes in the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program the Alberta Recycling Management Authority has launched a FAQ website to help address questions and concerns.

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]