Municipal Extended Producer Responsibility Workshop

In collaboration with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC), the RCA presented an introductory workshop designed to inform municipalities about current Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs for packaging and printed materials (PPP), including perceived benefits and challenges.

Municipalities have been a driving force for EPR for PPP in other provinces: they have quantified the costs of managing printed paper and packaging and then used this information to effectively lobby their provincial governments to require producers to accept their fair share of the costs under a regulated framework. Alberta remains the only province west of Quebec not to have an EPR framework in place for PPP, though the provincial models differ.

This workshop included representatives from BC municipalities who shared what the BC EPR program for PPP has meant for them, on a peer-to-peer basis, with our municipalities. It also provided program context through speakers who discussed EPR program developments in BC and Ontario.

There was an optional opportunity for workshop participants to tour The City of Calgary’s composting facility from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Date: September 12, 2017

Location: East Calgary Landfill Training Room (3030 68 St SE, Calgary, AB)

Presentations:

1:00 pm Welcome and introductions
Christina Seidel (Recycling Council of Alberta)
1:15 pm Usman Valiante (Corporate Policy Group) – Ontario EPR Developments
1:30 pm Bob McDonald (BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy) – Evolution of EPR in BC
1:45 pm Allen Langdon (RecycleBC) – Design and Implementation of EPR for PPP in BC
2:00 pm Presentations from BC Municipalities:

3:00 pm Feedback and discussion
4:15 pm Wrap-up

This workshop was open only to municipalities. Additional workshops are being planned for other sectors.