Recycling Regulatory Amendments

In late 2013, the Alberta government consulted on proposed changes to Alberta’s recycling regulatory framework. The links below outline consultation details and results:

The Government of Alberta is proposing several changes to the province’s existing regulatory framework for recycling designated materials. The proposed changes are intended to:

  • streamline Alberta's regulatory framework
  • provide options to shift end-of-life management responsibilities from taxpayers to producers and consumers
  • reduce municipal solid waste in Alberta

Regulatory amendments will:

  • Consolidate Alberta's existing recycling regulations under one regulation – the Designated Materials Recycling Regulation;
  • Remove specified maximum environmental fees from regulation while still ensuring consumer protection from excessive fees;
  • Expand the electronics program to include small appliances, audio/visual equipment, telecommunications equipment and power tools; and
  • Expand the used oil materials recycling program to include automotive anti-freeze/coolant containers and diesel exhaust fluid containers.

Work is underway on a regulatory package for decision makers’ review. Please check back for future updates on progress.

Further research, discussion and analysis are needed before final policy recommendations can be developed on extended producer responsibility. In the months ahead, further consultation will take place on:

  • Extended producer responsibility and
  • Potential regulated programs for managing packaging and printed paper, and household hazardous waste

Frequently Asked Questions about Recycling Regulatory Amendments

What are the major changes the amendments will achieve?

The amendments will achieve four main goals:

Consolidate existing recycling regulations

The existing recycling regulations in Alberta will be consolidated into one regulation: the Designated Materials Recycling Regulation.

Develop environmental fee-setting criteria

Specific maximum environmental fees will be removed from regulation. Instead, the regulation will identify the environmental fee-setting criteria that managing boards will be required to follow when they assess or change environmental fees on designated materials.

Expand Alberta's existing electronics recycling program

The program - which currently only includes televisions and computer equipment – will be expanded to include

  • audio/visual equipment
  • power tools
  • small appliances
  • telecommunications equipment

Suppliers (for example, manufacturers, brand owners, retailers) of these products into the Alberta market will be required to remit applicable environmental fees and are allowed to pass the environmental fees on to their customers if they so choose.

Expand Alberta's existing used oil materials recycling program

The program will be expanded to include diesel exhaust fluid containers and automotive anti-freeze/coolant containers. Suppliers of these products into the Alberta market will be required to remit applicable environmental fees and are allowed to pass the environmental fees on to their customers if they so choose.

When will the regulatory amendments come into effect?

Before any regulatory amendments can come into effect, decision makers must approve a regulatory package that includes a rationale for the changes, an analysis of the costs for those who must comply with the regulation, and a draft of the new regulation. Please check back for future updates on progress.

Why is additional consultation going to take place on extended producer responsibility, and potential programs for managing packaging and printed paper, and household hazardous waste?

The consultation results indicated that while many stakeholders showed support for extended producer responsibility and related programs, there are a number of issues requiring further research and consultation. Across sectors, many stakeholders requested more detail on what the proposed changes would mean to them, their organizations, and their future activities in Alberta.

What happens next in regards to additional consultation on extended producer responsibility, packaging and printed paper, and household hazardous waste?

The details of this process are being developed and once finalized will be posted here. Please continue to check this page periodically for further information.

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Updated: Mar 10, 2017