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 is presenting 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 will include representatives from BC municipalities who can share what the BC EPR program for PPP has meant for them, on a peer-to-peer basis, with our municipalities. It will also provide program context through speakers who will discuss EPR program developments in BC and Ontario.

Date: September 12, 2017

Location: East Calgary Landfill Training Room (3801 68 St SE, Calgary, AB)

$200 (RCA member municipalities)
$250 (non-member municipalities)

Tentative Schedule:

1:00 pm Welcome and introductions
1:15 pm Usman Valiante (Corporate Policy Group) – Ontario EPR Developments
1:30 pm BC Environment – 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

  • Alan Stanley (Regional District of Kootenay Boundary)
  • Tera Grady (Cariboo Regional District)
  • Rob Costanzo (City of Surrey)
  • Monica Kosmak (City of Vancouver)
3:00 pm Feedback and discussion
4:15 pm Wrap-up

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

Representatives from municipalities are invited to register here*:

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*Every employee of a RCA member municipality qualifies for the member rate. To find out whether your municipality is a current RCA member, check whether it is listed on our A-Z membership directory list or contact us at For more information on how to sign up for an RCA membership, click here.