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 and incorporate them into our submission.


The Government of Canada is launching two consultations in support of its Zero Plastic Waste Agenda:

  1. the development of labelling rules for recyclability and compostability (e.g., the use of the “chasing arrows”) (see consultation pagediscussion paper)
  2. the development of a federal plastics registry for producers of plastic products (See consultation pagediscussion paper)

These measures will help improve the collection and end-of-life management (e.g., reuse, recycling) of plastics and help keep these products in the economy and out of the environment.

The Government of Canada is interested in hearing from partners and stakeholders from across the country, particularly those who will be impacted, who have relevant evidence to share, or who otherwise have a high interest in the upcoming initiatives.  

To help interested parties better understand the approach and get specific feedback related to technical aspects of these proposed initiatives, Environment and Climate Change Canada is organizing the following consultation sessions between now and October 7, 2022. Environment and Climate Change Canada has engaged Stratos Inc. to support this consultation work.  

REGISTER NOW: Overview consultation sessions 
There will be an overview consultation session for both the labelling and the registry initiatives in both English and French. These sessions will be open to anyone wishing to attend. They will include a presentation and Q&A period. They will be recorded and available afterwards on the respective consultation pages. 

NOTE: Please ensure to click on the links below to register up to the day of the session. You must REGISTER IN ADVANCE to receive the Zoom link. It is best to register sooner rather than later as your responses to the registration form may help inform the material presented. 

  1. Overview of Plastics Registry 
    1. Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 1:00 p.m. —2:30 p.m. ET (ENGLISH)
    2. Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 3:00 p.m. —4:30 p.m. ET (FRENCH)
  1. Overview of Labelling Rules for Recyclability and Compostability
    1. Thursday, September 8, 2022, 1:00 p.m.—2:30 p.m. ET (ENGLISH)
    2. Thursday, September 8, 2022, 3:00 p.m.—4:30 p.m. ET (FRENCH)

Technical discussion sessions for targeted stakeholders (invite only)
ECCC is organizing several discussion sessions focused on getting specific technical feedback from targeted stakeholders. No additional information from ECCC will be shared during these sessions. For this reason, these sessions will be invite only to ensure quality discussions and feedback amongst a set number of participants. We will work to ensure diverse and representative stakeholders attend each session. These sessions will be bilingual, and attendees are encouraged to participate in the official language of their choice.

The following technical discussion sessions will be organized: 

LABELLING FOR RECYCLING & COMPOSTABILITY:

TopicDate/Time (TBC)Discussion 
Recycling Systems and End Markets—EN/FRSeptember 13
1:00 PM Eastern Time
-What is recyclable/acceptable
-Future of recycling
-Measuring recyclability
Compostability labelling—EN/FRSeptember 23
1:00 PM Eastern Time
-Compostability labelling
Plastic Packaging—EN/FROctober 5
1:00 PM Eastern Time
-Designing for recyclability 
-Packaging manufacturing/lifecycle 
-Breakout rooms for industry and design companies

REGISTRY

TopicDate/Time (TBC)Discussion 
Product Categories Subject to EPR—EN/FRSeptember 15
1:00 PM Eastern Time
-Calculating data points
-Phased approach for packaging, EEE, white goods, agriculture
Product Categories Subject to EPR—EN/FRSeptember 22
1:00 PM Eastern Time
-Calculating data points
-Phased approach for textiles, automotive, construction
Reporting—EN/FRSeptember 29
1:00 PM Eastern Time
-How to report to ECCC
-When to report
-Reporting relationships and processes

We also invite you to let us know if you are interested in participating in any of these sessions by completing the following survey by August 31: Apply to attend technical discussions on Zero Plastic Waste (ZPW) Initiatives.

If you have any questions on the consultation process outlined above, please contact Stratos at plastiques-plastics@stratos-sts.com

If you have feedback on the Consultation Papers or additional feedback on the process, please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada at plastiques-plastics@ec.gc.ca

We look forward to hearing your input on these two important initiatives to support the Zero Plastic Waste agenda. 

Kind regards, 

Tracey Spack
Director, Plastics Regulatory Affairs Division 
Environment and Climate Change Canada