Communities

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN for phase II!

Click on the link to begin the registration process. If you require assistance, please contact epr@albertarecycling.ca

Communities are defined by the EPR Regulation and include: 

  • cities,  
  • towns,  
  • villages (including summer villages),  
  • municipal districts,  
  • specialized municipalities,  
  • improvement districts (as per the Municipal Government Act),  
  • special areas (as per the Special Areas Act),  
  • settlements (as per the Metis Settlements Act), and  
  • Indian reserves (as per the Municipal Government Act). 

Benefits:

The Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program presents a substantial benefit for communities across Alberta.  

  • For Communities with Existing Recycling Services the operational cost of these services will be transferred to producers under the EPR program. This shift is expected to alleviate the financial burden on your community, potentially reducing utility or tax levies associated with waste management. The funds saved could then be redirected to other valuable community initiatives.

     

  • For Communities without Existing Recycling Services EPR will introduce the advantage of recycling services in communities currently without them including: 
    • Waste reduction – recycling lowers the volume of waste that ends up in landfills. 
    • Economic benefit – recycling can create jobs in the recycling industry and can reduce the cost of waste management. 
    • Conservation of resources – by recycling materials like paper, plastic and metal, communities can conserve valuable resources. 

KEY DATES:

Communities with existing services that registered for EPR before December 31, 2023, will start receiving collection under the EPR program starting April 1, 2025. Registration may have been completed by the community or a community authority such as a waste commission. Further information about registration is available by contacting epr@albertarecycling.ca 

Communities that register after December 31, 2023, and communities currently without recycling services, will start receiving recycling collection services in Phase 2, starting October 1, 2026. 

Community Toolkit:

Unsure if you are required to register or have questions about EPR?

Please contact us at epr@albertarecycling.ca or toll-free at 1.888.999.8762 and we will be pleased to assist you.

Community Bulletins

Community Bulletin – Feb 2

Thank you to communities that have registered with Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). We look forward to working with you to increase recycling rates throughout the province, fostering the growth of Alberta’s circular economy, and inspiring a future without waste.  

To ensure consistent and timely communication, you will receive these bulletins via email and via our community webpage.  

Registered Communities  

As you know, the deadline for Phase 1 of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) community registration was December 31, 2023. Since the registration opened, ARMA has been diligently working with communities to educate them on the benefits of EPR and assist them through the registration process. With Phase 1 community registration complete, we have 245 fully registered communities for Single-use Products, Packaging, and Paper Products (PPP) and 201 fully registered communities for Hazardous and Special Products (HSP). For context, that means that over 90% of Alberta’s population is represented! 



January 10 Webinar
 

ARMA has been hosting a series of “Lunch and Learn” webinars over the past several months. We had over 100 participants in our most recent webinar on the role of Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) in EPR, where we introduced the first three PROs registered with ARMA. A lot of great questions came out of the webinar and as promised, we are including the questions and answers with you. We will also be adding many of the questions as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our website.  

Click here to view the questions and answers. 



Upcoming
EPR Lunch & Learn Workshops 

As part of our regular EPR Virtual Lunch and Learn sessions, we are pleased to announce the upcoming Community EPR Transition Planning Workshops. 

These three workshops will help prepare communities for changes to their waste management system following the transition to EPR. Each 2-hour workshop will provide guidance and present tools and frameworks for communities to understand their current state, envision their future state, and develop an EPR transition plan.  

The workshops will build off each other, requiring participants to complete activities between sessions. Related template material to support the workshop activities will be shared. 

WORKSHOP 1: 
CURRENT STATE 

This workshop will: 

  • Recap of Alberta’s EPR Regulation as it relates to communities; 
  • Introduce you to the transition tool framework and approach; 
  • Help you understand the current state of your community’s waste system; and 
  • Help you learn how to get the information on your current system. 

Following the first workshop, communities will document existing waste management systems, including services, service levels, customers, service providers, business processes, facilities, equipment, and operating and capital costs. 

Wednesday, February 14 
Time: Noon – 2 pm 
Length: 2 Hours 
Click here to register 

 

WORKSHOP 2: 
FUTURE STATE 

This workshop will: 

  • Guide you to envision your community waste system’s future state scenarios; 
  • Provide an overview of an EPR change management planning tool; and 
  • Show you how to apply change management principles to understand what will start, stop, change, and continue under each scenario. 

Following the second workshop, communities will complete the change management tool, and envision the future state of their waste management systems. 

Wednesday, February 28 
Time: Noon – 2 pm 
Length: 2 Hours 
Registration will open soon. 

 

WORKSHOP 3: 
TRANSITION PLAN 

This workshop will: 

  • Show you how to develop a mock transition plan; and 
  • Help you develop a timeline and key accountabilities. 

Following the final workshop, communities will understand how to develop a transition plan with associated timelines, roles, and responsibilities. 

Wednesday, March 13 
Time: Noon – 2 pm 
Length: 2 Hours 
Registration will open soon. 

*Please be advised that these virtual webinar sessions will be recorded and available online for later viewing, however, the workshops will be more impactful with live participation and as a series. 



Communities Not Yet Registered
 

For communities that missed the Phase 1 deadline of December 31, 2023, you can still register for EPR for a later service start date. Contact us to learn more. 



We believe that by working together, we can embrace the opportunities EPR presents, enhance sustainability, and inspire a future without waste. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at epr@albertarecycling.ca.
 

Thank you again for participating in Alberta’s EPR system.  

ARMA 

Community Bulletin – March 1

Welcome to the second edition of the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s (ARMA) Community Bulletin. We extend our gratitude to the communities that have already registered with ARMA. In this bulletin, we will delve into community registration as a producer and highlight our workshop series designed to aid communities in preparing for the shifts in their waste management systems following the transition to EPR. 

To ensure that communication is consistent and timely, you will receive these bulletins both via email and on our community webpage.


 

Community as a Producer

As you are aware, Alberta’s recent implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation places the onus squarely on producers of Single-use Products, Packaging, and Paper Products (PPP) to manage the materials they distribute to Alberta residents. Given this, many communities have approached ARMA seeking clarity on their status as producers under the EPR regulations and whether registration is mandatory for them. 

It is important to note that communities that disseminate printed materials to residents, such as tax notices and transit schedules, are indeed considered producers of designated PPP materials. Should a community exceed the financial and volume thresholds outlined, they are obligated to register and report their annual volume of designated material as participants in the common collection system (CCS). 

To streamline the process for communities, ARMA is extending flexibility by waiving the March 1, 2024, deadline for communities to register as producers of designated PPP materials. In the coming week, we will be distributing a questionnaire to all communities to gather essential information, such as population size and the types of communication notices sent to residents. For most communities, completing this questionnaire will suffice for registration. In rare cases, particularly with larger communities, direct registration and reporting in ARMA Connect may also be necessary.

Our aim at ARMA is to ensure a simple registration process. We are committed to assisting you with any questions or concerns you may have about the questionnaire or EPR regulations in general. 

 


Upcoming EPR Lunch & Learn Workshops

ARMA has been conducting a series of “Lunch and Learn” webinars over the past few months. Our latest webinar marked the beginning of a three-part workshop series aimed at aiding communities in preparing for the transition from their existing recycling management system to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). We were delighted to have over 100 participants join us for the inaugural workshop, where we introduced them to the team at Dillon Consulting, specialists in municipal waste management. 

The first workshop served as a comprehensive overview of Alberta’s EPR Regulation in the context of communities. It familiarized participants with Dillon’s transition tool framework and approach, which assists in understanding the current state of a community’s waste system. Additionally, it provided insights into how communities can gather information about their current systems. 

Although each workshop in the series builds upon the previous one, it is not too late to get involved. ARMA has made the recording of the first workshop available on our website for your convenience. Additionally, we have uploaded a copy of the EPR Transition Planning Tool, allowing you to catch up on any missed information or review key points at your leisure. 

Click here to view the WORKSHOP 1: CURRENT STATE or to download the Transition Planning Tool 

WORKSHOP 2: FUTURE STATE 

This workshop aims to: 

  • Assist you in envisioning potential future scenarios for your community’s waste management system. 

  • Offer an introduction to an EPR change management planning tool. 

  • Demonstrate how to apply change management principles to assess what actions should begin, end, change, or remain consistent under each scenario. Following the second workshop, communities will utilize the change management tool to chart the course toward the future state of their waste management systems. 

Wednesday, March 13 
Time: Noon – 2 pm 
Length: 2 Hours 

Click here to register for WORKSHOP 2: FUTURE STATE 


WORKSHOP 3: TRANSITION PLAN 

This workshop will: 

  • Show you how to develop a mock transition plan; and 

  • Help you develop a timeline and key accountabilities. 

Following the final workshop, communities will understand how to develop a transition plan with associated timelines, roles, and responsibilities. 

Wednesday, March 27 
Time: Noon – 2 pm 
Length: 2 Hours 
Click here to register for WORKSHOP 3: TRANSITION PLAN 


*Please be advised that these virtual webinar sessions will be recorded and available online for later viewing, however, the workshops will be more impactful with live participation and as a series. 

 


Communities Not Yet Registered

Just a reminder that for communities that missed the Phase 1 deadline of December 31, 2023, you can still register for EPR for a later service start date. Contact us to learn more. 

 


We believe that by working together, we can embrace the opportunities EPR presents, enhance sustainability, and inspire a future without waste. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at epr@albertarecycling.ca

Thank you again for participating in Alberta’s EPR system.  

 

ARMA 

 

Community Bulletin – March 19

Welcome to the third edition of the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s (ARMA) Community Bulletin. In this bulletin, we focus on community registration as a producer of single-use products, packaging, and printed paper products (PPP). 

To ensure that communication is consistent and timely, you will receive these bulletins both via email and on our community webpage.



Community as a PPP Producer

As we mentioned in Bulletin #2, to streamline the registration process for communities registering as a Producer, ARMA is extending flexibility by waiving the March 1, 2024, deadline for communities to register as producers of designated PPP materials. We have attached a link to a questionnaire below to be completed by all communities to gather essential information, such as population size and the types of communication notices sent to residents. For most communities, completing this questionnaire will suffice for registration. In rare cases, particularly with larger communities, direct registration and reporting in ARMA Connect may also be necessary.  

Our goal at ARMA is to ensure a simple registration process. We are committed to assisting you with any questions or concerns you may have about the questionnaire or EPR regulations in general. The deadline to complete the survey is April 15, 2024. 

Please see the Community as PPP Producer Questionnaire below.  

Click here to take the Community as PPP Producer Questionnaire


We believe that by working together, we can embrace the opportunities EPR presents, enhance sustainability, and inspire a future without waste. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at epr@albertarecycling.ca

Thank you again for participating in Alberta’s EPR system.  

ARMA 

Community Bulletin – May 21

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Alberta Recycling Management Authority’s (ARMA) Community Bulletin. In this bulletin, we present the opportunity for communities to participate in regional EPR information sessions hosted by ARMA and featuring presentations by producer responsibility organizations (PROs). 

To ensure that communication is consistent and timely, you will receive these bulletins both via email and on our community webpage.



EPR Update Information Sessions

Following a strong showing of community registration in EPR, we now focus on PROs establishing collection systems in communities around the province to serve Albertans. 

Our goal at ARMA is to support communities and ensure you have the most up-to-date information related to EPR in the province. We are excited to extend an invitation for information sessions that will bring together local communities to discuss the progress of EPR and answer any questions you may have.  

The session will feature presentations and Q&A sessions from:  

  • A Local Community: Experience preparing for EPR from a regional community’s perspective. 

  • ARMA: Update on work accomplished, plans for go-live, and phase 2 registration.  

  • Product Care: Updates on plans for engagement.  

  • Call 2 Recycle: Updates on work to date and sharing of relevant information.  

  • Circular Materials: Updates on engagement and term sheets to come.  

A light lunch will be served following the presentations, and there will be ample opportunity for discussion and networking, allowing you to connect with experts and peers in the field. To maximize collaboration, these sessions are designed to be in-person, and will not be recorded, however, the presentation materials will be made available on the ARMA website following the events. 


Session Dates & Locations

Secure your place at this informative session by clicking the RSVP link below each location. 
 

Central Session (Red Deer) 
Date: Thursday, June 6th 
Time: 9 am – 1 pm 
Location: Pidherney Centre (4725 – 43rd Street, Red Deer, AB) 
RSVP: Click here to register for the Central Session.
Please register by 3 pm, Thursday, May 30. 
 

Northwest Session (Peace River) 
Date: Thursday, June 20th 
Time: 9 am – 1 pm 
Location: Peace Valley Inns (9609 101 St, Peace River, AB)
RSVP: Click here to register for the Northwest Session
Please register by 3 pm, Thursday, June 13. 
 

South Session (Lethbridge) 
Date: Tuesday, June 25th
Time: 9 am – 1 pm 
Location: Coast Lethbridge Hotel & Conference Centre (526 Mayor Magrath Dr S, Lethbridge, AB) 
RSVP: Click here to register for the South Session
Please register by 3 pm, Tuesday, June 18. 
 

Northeast Session (Fort McMurray) 
We plan to host an information session in Fort McMurray but due to forest fires impacting the area, we will announce the session once it is safe to do so. Please stay tuned for information on this session. 


South Session (Lethbridge) 

Should you have any questions or require further information please contact ARMA’s Director of Client Relations, Gavin Sidhu at gsidhu@albertarecycling.ca or 587-689-7011.  

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to welcoming you and your community representatives to this important event.  

ARMA