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 provincial systems for managing single-use plastics, packaging, paper products and hazardous and special products like household pesticides and solvents.
After years of advocating and creating awareness about this critical policy tool, the RCA is thrilled about this important step. EPR is a key mechanism for building a Circular Economy and captures the private sector’s ability to innovate, resulting in better products and systems, and better environmental performance.
The public is invited to provide comments and additional input to help inform Alberta’s EPR framework by Dec. 15.