PRODUCERS

REGISTER BY MARCH 1, 2024.

Producers that currently supply designated PPP/HSP materials into Alberta must register before March 1, 2024, to ensure compliance with the Regulation. If you require assistance, please contact epr@albertarecycling.ca

A PPP (packaging, paper producers or packaging-like products) producer supplies material comprised of paper, glass, metal or plastic, or a combination of these materials to consumers. This includes both products and the packaging for products.

Single-use Products, Packaging and Paper Products (PPP) 

Alberta’s new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation places full responsibility on producers of Single-use Products, Packaging and Paper Products (PPP) to collect and manage the materials they supply to Alberta residents. While communities may continue to play an important role in collecting these materials, they are not required to do so.  

To facilitate this shift in responsibilities and to ensure a smooth transition, producers need to be able to identify the PPP materials they supply to Alberta residents and for which producers have material management obligations under the new legislation.   

ARMA will use this information to ensure producer compliance. 

Eligibility Criteria:

All PPP Producers, unless exempt under section 9.1 of the Extended Producer Responsibility Single-use Products, Packaging and Paper Products Bylaws, must register with Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA), at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the date the Producer intends to supply PPP Designated Materials into Alberta. PPP Producers are defined within the regulation as: 

  1. The brand holder of the designated material, if the brand holder is resident in Canada,

     

  2. If there is no person described in clause (a), the importer of the designated material, if the importer is resident in Alberta, or

     

  3. If there is no person described in clause (a) or (b), the retailer who supplied the designated material to the consumer.

     

Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) with delegation of authority can report on behalf of the Producers they represent. However, each Producer must register separately. 

REGISTER AS A PPP PROducer

If you require assistance, please contact us at epr@albertarecycling.ca or toll-free at 1.888.999.8762 and we will be pleased to assist you.

Producer Exemptions:

Under the EPR Regulation, Producers may be exempt from reporting if certain criteria are met. Producers that meet the following exemption criteria must create an account with ARMA and complete the registration process: 

  1. Charitable Organizations: registered charities are exempt from reporting requirements. 

  2. Revenue Threshold: if a Producer’s annual gross revenue (calendar year) is under $1.5 million, then the Producer is exempt from annual supply and management reporting requirements. Producers who are exempt under these criteria must maintain financial records in the event of an audit. 

Designated Materials & Material Exemption Thresholds: 

Under the EPR Regulation, there are five designated material types for which supply and management reporting are required by producers. Each of these designated material types includes a material quantity threshold for exemption from certain obligations. The designated material types and their exemption thresholds are: 

  1. Material Threshold 
    a. Paper – 9 tonnes  
    b.
    Rigid Plastic – 2 tonnes 
    c.
    Flexible Plastic – 2 tonnes 
    d.
    Metal – 1 tonne 
    e.
    Glass – 1 tonne

     

  2. Producers that supply PPP under the threshold weights above must report annual supply if one or all material categories are under the weight threshold.

     

  3. If a Producer is above the threshold in any designated material category, performance obligations apply. 

PPP Registration Timeline:

For the PPP portion of the EPR program, there are two (2) phases of collection service delivery in Registered Communities. The timeline below outlines the key dates and registration requirements for each phase. 

Registration Opens

All Producers may create an account in ARMA Connect and start the registration process. 

Nov 27, 2023

REGISTRATION

Producers that currently supply designated PPP materials into Alberta must register before March 1, 2024, to ensure compliance with the Regulation. 

DISCUSSIONS WITH PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ORGANIZATIONS (PROs)

Producers may choose from a list of registered PROs during the registration process. A PRO may be designated to perform registration, supply reporting, and/or performance reporting on behalf of a Producer.  

November 27, 2023 – March 1, 2024

Verification Report

Producers (on their own or through their PRO) must provide a verification plan to ARMA providing details on the development of the PPP common collection system. 

April 1, 2024

Service Commencement - Phase I

Producers are responsible for delivering PPP collection services to Communities that registered prior to December 31, 2023. 

April 1, 2025

Service Commencement - Phase II

Producers are responsible for delivering PPP collection services in Phase II Communities. 

October 1, 2026

A HSP producer is an entity that supplies hazardous and special products into Alberta.

Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) 

Alberta’s new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation places full responsibility on producers of hazardous and special products (HSP) to collect and manage the materials they supply to Alberta residents. While communities may continue to play an important role in collecting and managing these materials, they are not required to do so.  

To facilitate this shift in responsibilities and to ensure a smooth transition, producers need to understand the materials they introduce into the system and meet the material management obligations under the new legislation. This information will also allow ARMA to ensure producer compliance. 

Eligibility Criteria:

All HSP Producers must register with Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA), at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the date the Producer intends to supply HSP Designated Materials into Alberta. HSP Producers are defined within the regulation as: 

  1. The brand holder of the product, if the brand holder is resident in Canada,

     

  2. If there is no person described in clause (a), the importer of the product, if the importer is resident in Alberta, or

     

  3. If there is no person described in clause (a) or (b), the retailer who supplied the product to the consumer. 


Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) with delegation of authority can report on behalf of the Producers they
represent. However, each Producer must register separately.
 

REGISTER AS A HSP PROducer

If you require assistance, please contact us at epr@albertarecycling.ca or toll-free at 1.888.999.8762 and we will be pleased to assist you.

Designated Materials & Out-of-Scope Material Sizes:

Under the EPR Regulation, there are five designated material types for which supply and/or management reporting are required by producers. Each of these designated material types also have size, volume, or weight parameters to determine whether the products are within the scope of the regulation. The designated material types and their size, volume, or weight scope are: 

  1. Battery 
    a. Single-use batteries
    b.
    Rechargeable batteries 
    c.
    Does not include:
    – Lead acid batteries, and
    – Batteries weighing 5kg or more
     
  2. Corrosive Products 
    a. Solid, liquid, or gaseous products displaying the corrosive hazard symbol that is: 
    i. 10 L or less for liquids, 
    ii. 10 kg or less for solids, or 
    iii. 680g or less for pressurized containers 

    b. Also includes any container that are sold with products that meet the volume/mass/size of the above requirements 

    c. Does not include products intended for use down-the-drain during their primary intended use 

  3. Flammable Products 
    a. Solid, liquid, or gaseous products displaying the flammable hazard symbol and the explosive hazard symbol: 
    i. 10 L or less for liquids, 
    ii. 10 kg or less for solids, or 
    iii. 680g or less for pressurized containers 

    b. Containers used to supply flammable products within the above weight are also included with the exception of gasoline, which is for any container that contains 25L or less in volume for gasoline 

    c. Does not include products intended for use down-the-drain during their primary intended use, or products containing less than 50% water miscible flammable liquid 

  4. Pesticide
    a. Pesticide, fungicide, herbicide or insecticide: 
    i. 10 L or less for liquids, 
    ii. 10 kg or less for solids, or 
    iii. 680g or less for pressurized containers

    b. Includes containers that are sold with products that meet the volume/mass/size of the above requirements 

    c. Does not include insect repellents intended for personal use, or sanitizers, disinfectants and antimicrobial products 

  5. Toxic Product 
    a. Solid, liquid, or gaseous products displaying the toxic hazard symbol: 
    i. 10 L or less for liquids, 
    ii. 10 kg or less for solids, or 
    iii. 680g or less for pressurized containers 

    b.Includes containers that are sold with products that meet the volume/mass/size of the above requirements 

    c. Does not include products intended for use down-the-drain during their primary intended use 

HSP registration timeline:

The timeline below outlines the key dates and registration requirements. 

Registration Opens

All Producers may create an account in ARMA Connect and start the registration process. 

Nov 27, 2022

REGISTRATION

Producers that currently supply designated HSP materials into Alberta must register before March 1, 2024, to ensure compliance with the Regulation. 

DISCUSSIONS WITH PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ORGANIZATIONS (PROs)

Producers may choose from a list of registered PROs during the registration process. A PRO may be designated to perform registration, supply reporting, and/or performance reporting on behalf of a Producer.  

November 27, 2023 – March 1, 2024

Verification Report

Producers (on their own or through their PRO) must provide a verification plan to ARMA providing details on the development of the common collection system. 

October 1, 2024

Service Commencement

Depending on the size of the Community, producers are responsible for HSP depot collection service or HSP collection event service in Communities registered before December 31, 2023. 

April 1, 2025