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Alberta Collaborative Extended Producer Responsibility Study

Alberta Collaborative Extended Producer Responsibility (ACES) Study  

EPR for Packaging and Paper Products (PPP) Study Released 

The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, along with the Cities of Edmonton and Calgary, producer representativesand the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance, released their “Extended Producer Responsibility for Residential Packaging and Paper Products: Alberta Collaborative Extended Producer Responsibility Study.” The study confirms that a made-in-Alberta solution to EPR for packaging and paper products would bring substantial and immediate benefits to Albertans. 

About EPR for Packaging and Paper Products  

Currently, as the only province in Western Canada without an EPR program, Alberta’s municipalities carry the financial burden and operating risks of recycling and disposing of consumer waste. EPR for packaging and paper products would empower producers of consumer PPP to manage and pay for the recycling of the materials they distributeMore than 80 per cent of Canadians are already benefiting from EPR programs while Albertans forego millions of dollars in cost savings, economic opportunities, and jobs, as well as multiple environmental and social benefits every year.  

The benefits expected from a made-in-Alberta solution to EPR for packaging and paper products include: 

  • Reduce the recycling collection services costs that municipalities charge their residents each year by up to $105 million; this is Albertans’ money and it can be reinvested in other municipal services or provided as a cost saving to municipal residents 

  • Add $16 million to the Alberta economy every year 

  • Gain approximately 220 new jobs in Alberta’s recycling industry  

  • Recycle an additional 21,000 tonnes of packaging and paper products each year 

  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 72,000 tonnes each year – the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from the road annually 

  • Increase recycling opportunities for rural Alberta and people who live in multi-dwelling residences 

  • Make recycling more convenient for Albertans by collecting the same materials province-wide 

  • Incentivize industry to design products that are more efficient to collect and recycle 

  • Incentivize industry to invest in recycling innovations and infrastructure 

How to Get Involved 

AUMA would like to see the Government of Alberta endorse the merits of EPR for PPP in Alberta and commit to creating a province-led implementation plan this election term. You can support our efforts in several ways: 

  • Reach out to AUMA and add your name to the list of organizations that support EPR for packaging and paper products in Alberta 

  • AUMA wants municipalities to write to their Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) about modernizing Alberta’s regulatory framework  

  • Download the letter template, add any customized content, and email it to your MLA as a municipality or supportive elected official 

  • Use the social media tag #ABneedsEPR and highlight your support for EPR for packaging and paper products in Alberta through your social media channels