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 April 13 and April 30. See below or follow the link to our website for full details.

March 30, 10:00 am MDT – Alberta’s EPR Engagement and Discussion Paper

Heather von Hauff, the Executive Director of Water and Waste Policy, Alberta Environment and Parks, will review the elements of the Alberta government’s discussion paper on EPR. After the presentation, a panel of experts will join Heather to answer questions. The panel includes Kelsey Morden, Manager of Sustainability Programs at the Retail Council of Canada; Alda Nicmans, Executive Director of the BC Product Stewardship Council; and Jodi Tomchyshyn London, the President of the RCA.

April 13, 10:00 am MDT – EPR: Impacts and Opportunities for Alberta Municipalities
How will EPR impact municipalities?
 
As most residents’ point of contact for recycling services in Alberta’s current collection system, municipalities bring operational experience that can be of value to producers and Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) as they meet their requirements through EPR. In BC’s EPR policy, local governments have three options to manage packaging and paper products:

  1. Decline involvement in the program and continue to provide collection service and manage collected materials.
  2. Enter into an agreement with the program to provide collection service with the program managing collected materials.
  3. Elect to have the program directly manage all aspects of the recycling service.

Join the webinar as we discuss EPR implementation in BC and its impacts on municipalities and possible scenarios in Alberta.

We are pleased to present a range of municipalities who have experienced the transition to EPR from a municipal perspective, including the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), that operates the largest Recycle BC depot program in the Province for packaging and printed paper (PPP), as well as the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS), who also work extensively with EPR programs.

We are thrilled to have Councillor Peter Demong as our moderator for this webinar. Peter holds positions on the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s Executive Committee, Sustainability and Environment Committee, and the Plastics Alliance of Alberta. In addition to his tenure on City of Calgary City Council, Peter is recognized as one of Alberta’s strongest EPR supporters.

April 20, 10:00 am MDT – Exploring EPR Impacts on Waste and Recycling Providers
What will be the effect of EPR on industry service providers who currently operate within the recycling industry as collectors, processors and recyclers?

Companies that collect and manage products and packaging for waste management and recycling bring operational experience of value to producers. These companies may provide services directly to producers or Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs), or to municipalities who act as contractors to producers or PROs.

This webinar will bring together industry players involved in the transition from individual (primarily municipal) collection / recycling contracts to participation in provincial EPR implementation. We will discuss the changes in the service providers’ role, as well as the wider waste management system.

This is the first webinar in a series that the RCA will host over the course of the engagement process. These webinars will help participants navigate what EPR can mean for their organizations and answer common questions about EPR systems and outcomes.

Register here: https://recycle.ab.ca/workshop/epr-engagement-webinars/

Price Per webinar – $75/person RCA members*; $99/person non-members

Alberta’s EPR Engagement Webinar series (3 webinars) – $199/person RCA members*; $275/person non-members