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AUMA supports EPR motion

October 15, 2020

On October 26, 2020, Searle Turton, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Spruce Grove – Stony Plain, will be speaking on his Private Members’ Motion urging the provincial government to examine the feasibility of implementing measures such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) that balance the environmental and economic needs of Albertans.

Alberta municipalities have long advocated for a made-in-Alberta EPR program for packaging and paper products, and AUMA is pleased to provide a letter of support to the motion.

The Alberta EPR Collaborative Study, research developed with AUMA, Calgary, Edmonton and Canada Stewardship Services Alliance, highlighted several benefits expected from an EPR program. Some examples of benefits include:

  • reducing the recycling collection services costs that municipalities charge their residents each year by up to $105 million;
  • adding $16 million to the Alberta economy every year;
  • gaining approximately 220 new jobs in Alberta’s recycling industry; and
  • recycling an additional 21,000 tonnes of packaging and paper products each year.

Any financial savings are Albertans’ money, which can be reinvested in other municipal services or provided as cost savings to municipal residents. Alberta municipalities are committed to sharing the financial benefits. A recent resolution endorsed by 90 per cent of Alberta municipalities support passing any and all savings gained directly back to ratepaying Albertans when the Government of Alberta adopts EPR paper and packaging legislation. 

We encourage members to share your support with your MLA and encourage them to vote in favour of this motion. On the AUMA Waste Management Hub, we provide some key messages under the How to Get Involved section that you can use to send in your letter of support.