The AUMA, AAMDC and the Recycling Council of Alberta hosted a workshop on September 12, 2017 in Calgary, which highlighted the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs from Ontario and British Columbia. EPR, as explained by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, is a policy approach under which producers are given a significant responsibility (financial and/or physical) for the treatment or disposal of post-consumer products.
The workshop included speakers Usman Valiante (Corporate Policy Group), Bob McDonald (the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy), and Allen Langdon (Recycle BC). Each discussed their programs and fielded participant questions from municipalities across the province about respective stewardship approaches, operational processes, development and status of their programs.
Despite AUMA’s advocacy efforts including a letter writing campaign, the Government of Alberta has not signaled any regulatory changes to ensure the viability of designated product stewardship programs for items such as used oil and paint. Alberta continues to be the most wasteful province in all of Canada.