Extended producer responsibility (EPR)

A study announced by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) shows that extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging and paper products would benefit Alberta.

An EPR program is designed to make producers, not municipalities, responsible for packaging that they produce. If Alberta fully adapts to an EPR for packaging and paper products (PPP), similar to British Columbia, it could eliminate the cost associated with recycling collection for municipalities because the producer would be responsible for collecting it. Vancouver has fully adopted and EPR for PPP and no longer charges a recycling fee.

In other provinces shifting the responsibility from municipality to producer has encouraged producers to create alternative types of paper packaging. For example, producers may choose to use packaging that can be easily recycled in local markets versus using mixed materials that are very difficult to recycle. This would also encourage producers to invest in innovative packaging and education programs.

Moving to EPR will save Alberta $105M a year and create 220+ new jobs in the recycling industry by expanding current program availability to multi-family residents and rural communities. It will also increase recycling by 27,000 tonnes/year and reduce CO2 emissions by 72,000 tonnes /year, which is the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from the road annually.

Read the news release and backgrounder from AUMA, the full study and faq’s below:

AUMA news release and backgrounder

Alberta Collaborative Extended Producer Responsibility Study

AUMA frequently asked questions

 

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