PRODUCERS

REGISTRATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED!

Producers that currently supply designated PPP/HSP materials into Alberta were required to register before March 1, 2024, to ensure compliance with the Regulation. If you have not registered, you can still do so. If you require assistance, please contact epr@albertarecycling.ca

SUPPLY REPORTING RESOURCES

As we gear up for the commencement of the 2024 Supply Report Period on June 1, we want to ensure you have all the necessary resources to fulfill your reporting obligations right at your fingertips. For this introductory period, you can find the resources below:

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 TIMELINE

The timeline below outlines the key dates and registration requirements for each phase of EPR. 

EPR Producer Registration Opens

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

No producer shall supply a designated material in Alberta unless the producer is registered with the ARMA to ensure compliance with the Regulation.

Nov 27, 2023

Verification Plan Due

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

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

April 1, 2024

Supply Report Due

No 3rd Party Verification Required in 2024, an attestation is required as part of the reporting process. Will start 3rd party verification in the 2025 Supply Report.

June 30, 2024

Fee Consultation Period

  

September – October, 2024 

2024 Oversight Fee Invoiced

  

January, 2025

Phase 1 Implementation Service Commencement

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

April 1, 2025

Supply Report Portal opens in ARMA Connect

Producers (or their PRO) must report designated material supply data for the calendar year of 2024. 

April 1, 2025

Supply Report Due

Producers (or their PRO) must report designated material supply data for the calendar year of 2024. 

June 30, 2025

Service Commencement - Phase II

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

October 1, 2026

A PPP (single-use products, packaging and paper 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. 

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 

Producer Bulletins

Producer Bulletin – March 28

Thank you for registering as a Producer with the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA). We look forward to working with you to increase recycling rates throughout the province, foster the growth of Alberta’s circular economy, and inspire a future without waste. 

To ensure consistent and timely communication, this is the first in a series of bulletins that ARMA will provide regularly. They will be emailed to you and will be available on our Producer webpage.

 


 

Key Dates

As we progress through the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) timeline, we want to ensure everyone is informed about key dates and requirements in the coming months. 

The deadline for submission of the Verification Plan is April 1, 2024, for Producers of designated products in the single-use products, packaging, and paper products (PPP) stream. This plan outlines how you intend to comply with EPR regulations starting in April 2025. If you’re working with Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs), they can submit these plans on your behalf.  

For Producers who choose to fulfill their obligations without engaging a PRO—either by opting into the Common Collection System directly or operating an Alternative Collection System—an attestation form will be distributed via email in the upcoming week. This form is designed for Registered Producers who have not selected a PRO, providing them with the essential documentation required to proceed with their compliance strategy. 

Similarly, Producers of hazardous and special products (HSP) have a deadline of October 1, 2024, to submit their Verification Plans. Registered HSP Producers will receive an attestation form closer to that date. 

June 30, 2024, marks the deadline for designated product supply reports covering 2022 and 2023. ARMA has waived the third-party verification requirement for this period but will provide an attestation form for you to sign and submit along with your supply data. 

Lastly, there will be a consultation period for oversight fees tentatively scheduled for early Fall 2024. This period will be crucial for reviewing, understanding, and providing feedback on EPR Oversight Fees for both 2024 and 2025. 

Based on feedback from consultations with industry players, invoicing of oversight fees for 2024 will be delayed until January 2025, allowing Producers to budget for these amounts. The estimated timeline for the invoicing of 2025 oversight fees is April 2025. 

 


 

Invitation to April 3rd Webinar, ARMA Connect: Producer Demo

We are pleased to announce the next installment of our EPR Webinar Series, scheduled for April 3, 2024, at noon (MDT). This webinar will focus on demonstrating the supply reporting process within the ARMA Connect system. 

The webinar will provide an overview of the supply reporting process and equip stakeholders with the knowledge and tools necessary for seamless report submission. We will walk you through the step-by-step process of submitting supply reports via ARMA Connect, and you will have the chance to ask questions and clarify any aspects of the reporting process. 

Date and Time: 

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024 

  • Noon (MDT) 

Click here to register.

 


 

We appreciate your continued engagement and commitment to Alberta’s EPR system. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at epr@albertarecycling.ca. 

ARMA

Producer verification Intent – April 12

As indicated in our recent Producer bulletin, the deadline for submitting the Verification Plan for Producers of designated products in the single-use products, packaging, and paper products (PPP) stream was April 1, 2024. This plan outlines your intended compliance with EPR regulations starting in April 2025. If you’re collaborating with Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs), they can handle the submission of these plans on your behalf. 

For Producers opting to fulfill their obligations without engaging a PRO—either by directly opting into the Common Collection System or operating an Alternative Collection System—we have attached an attestation form. This form is specifically designed for Registered Producers who:

  • have not selected a PRO,
  • do not intend to work with a PRO; or 
  • anticipate material volumes below the thresholds in all designated material categories. 


It provides essential documentation required to proceed with your compliance strategy.

Please review the attached intention attestation form and complete it accordingly. Kindly return the completed form to epr@albertarecycling.ca before April 30, 2024.

Click Here to Download the Producer Verification Intention Declaration Form


Available Resources

Don’t forget that there are a wide variety of webinars available to assist you. They can be found on our What’s New page or through the EPR Virtual Lunch and Learn Series post. We also have answers to various frequently asked questions surrounding PPP and HSP on our website.


We appreciate your continued engagement and commitment to Alberta’s EPR system. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at epr@albertarecycling.ca. We’re here to support you throughout the process. 

ARMA

Producer verification Intent – May 1

IMPORTANT – Upcoming Supply Reports for 2022 and 2023

The submission deadline for the calendar year 2022 and 2023 Supply Reports is June 30, 2024. Producers are urged to prepare and ensure their submissions are accurate and on time. Important dates to note include: 

  • April 22nd – May 31st – Confirm Reporting Delegations 
    Producers may access ARMA Connect to confirm or update their reporting delegations. For those organizations appointing a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) to act as their agent for supply reports, this delegation must be active by May 31, 2024. Producers managing their own supply reports must verify that their settings are correctly configured to ensure a smooth reporting process. The Producer & PRO Delegation Procedure offers detailed guidance on various delegation scenarios and how to
    manage them effectively.

  • June 1, 2024 – Supply Reporting Opens 
    The portal for submitting the calendar year 2022 and calendar year 2023 Supply Reports will open in ARMA Connect on June 1, 2024. This allows Producers or their delegated PRO a full month to enter and validate their data to ensure accuracy and compliance with the Extended Producer Responsibility Regulation, Alta Reg 194/2022 (the “EPR Regulation”).

  • June 30, 2024 – Supply Reporting Deadline 
    The deadline for the submission of Designated Product supply reports for 2022 and 2023 is June 30, 2024. ARMA has deferred the third-party verification requirement for this reporting period to allow Producers additional time to implement a process for verification. ARMA will provide an attestation form in early May to sign and submit as part of the supply report submission process.  

To assist Producers in their preparation for submitting supply reports, the Supply Report Submission Guide will be available in May on the ARMA Website. This guide will provide Producers with detailed instructions and helpful tips to ensure a smooth submission process. 


EPR Lunch and Learn – ARMA Connect: Producer Demo 

As part of ARMA’s ongoing lunch and learn series, we recently hosted the ARMA Connect: Producer Demo webinar to demonstrate the supply reporting process. You can view this recording on our website—along with any other available webinars—as you prepare to meet your obligations under the EPR Regulation. 


We appreciate your continued engagement and commitment to Alberta’s EPR system. Should you have any questions or require further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at epr@albertarecycling.ca.  

ARMA

Producer Bulletin - May 21

As we gear up for the commencement of the 2024 Supply Report Period on June 1, we want to ensure you have all the necessary resources to fulfill your reporting obligations. To assist you in this process, we are pleased to announce that the Supply Report Guide is now available on ARMA’s website. 

We would like to draw your attention to four essential documents that will aid you in meeting your reporting requirements: 


It is crucial to ensure your PRO delegations are up to date by May 24
. This will ensure that Supply Reports are generated accurately, reflecting the correct party responsible for fulfilling your reporting obligations. For detailed guidance on setting up your delegations, please refer to the Producer and PRO Delegation Procedure

For Producers fulfilling their reporting obligations through a PRO, please ensure to submit your Brand Template and signed Attestation Form according to the instructions provided by your designated PRO. If you have any questions regarding the submission process or need assistance, feel free to reach out to your PRO directly for guidance. 



If you have any questions or need more clarification regarding the Supply Report Guide or the Brand Template, please contact us directly at epr@albertarecycling.ca 

ARMA

Producer Bulletin - May 31

SUPPLY REPORT OPENS ON JUNE 1st!

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Producers who have been operating in Alberta on or before 2022 should expect two Supply Reports to be generated: one for 2022 and one for 2023. These reports are generated based on the delegation preferences noted in your ARMA Connect account regarding who should complete them. 

Checklist to Prepare for June 1st: 

  1. Verify Your First Supply Date: Ensure it accurately reflects your Alberta operations start date. 
  2. Confirm Your Supply Report Preference: Make sure your reporting preferences are up to date. 
  3. Review Your PRO Delegation Preferences: Double-check your PRO delegation preferences. 

 

It’s not too late to update your delegation preferences! Review your preferences today to make sure everything is in order so that you can ensure a smooth reporting process. 

Detailed guidance on managing your PRO delegation effectively is available in the Producer & PRO Delegation Procedure

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:


Thank you for your engagement and commitment to complying with Alberta’s EPR system. If you have any questions or need further assistance about EPR in Alberta, please don’t hesitate to contact us at epr@albertarecycling.ca