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 group, the Plastics Alliance of Alberta (PAA), co-chaired by the Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and attended by members across the plastics value chain.

AEP plans to engage with stakeholders on a producer funded and operated system for Packaging and Paper Products and Household Hazardous Waste in early 2021. The department will reach out to key stakeholders in the early new year to arrange meetings. AEP plans to meet with the PAA and others to understand their perspectives and considerations to support implementation

“The RCA welcomes this consultation and believes Alberta is now poised to realize the triple bottom line benefits of EPR and experience the resiliency that other Canadian markets have seen through both global shifts in demand for recyclable materials and the current pandemic,” commented RCA president Jodi Tomchyshyn London. “We will continue to advocate for EPR and all commitments that will lead Alberta toward a circular economy.”

For more information or to arrange a meeting with AEP, contact Heather von Hauff, Executive Director, Waste and Water Policy, heather.vonhauff@gov.ab.ca.