Alberta Environment & Parks engages stakeholders and public on Bill 83, EPR
In spring 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) engaged the public on three proposed policy changes to implement a regulatory framework for extended producer responsibility (EPR) and develop systems for three product streams:
1. Single-use plastics
2. Packaging and paper products
3. Hazardous and special products (which include household hazardous waste)
AEP captured stakeholder feedback from Phase 1 of the engagement in a summary report released on November 15, titled What We Heard. In this report, AEP introduces the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Amendment Act (Bill 83), to enable the implementation of EPR framework in 2022.
📄 The report can be found here: What We Heard Report
Stakeholders and the public are invited to review the report and provide comments and additional input directly to AEP.RecyclingRegulation@gov.ab.ca by December 15.
EPR framework in Alberta would create provincial systems for waste management, shifting the physical and financial role from local governments and taxpayers to product manufacturers. Not only will this reduce waste to landfill and create local recycling markets, it will also encourage environmentally conscious product and packaging designs.
The province anticipates this transition to support 13,300 jobs and provide $1.4 billion to its economy, ultimately supporting Alberta’s transition to a plastics circular economy and achieve one of the goals outlined in the Natural Gas Vision and Strategy for Alberta; to become a North American centre of excellence for plastics diversion and recycling by 2030.
For any questions, please contact Alberta Environment and Parks at AEP.RecyclingRegulation@gov.ab.ca.
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