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Upcoming Adjustments to the Environmental Fees for Lubricating Oil & Materials

Release Date: 06-30-2023

On behalf of the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA), we first want to thank you for your support and participation in Alberta’s growing recycling industry as we work together to divert millions of tonnes of material from our landfills. To continue developing and growing our recycling industry, we are informing suppliers of upcoming adjustments to the environmental fees and updates to the Used Oil Recycling Bylaw to become effective October 1, 2023.

When ARMA assumed responsibility for the Used Oil Program in October 2018 after the dissolution of the Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA), the program was facing significant financial sustainability challenges. Since then, ARMA has been working diligently with collection sites, recyclers, and Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (EPA) on solutions to the ongoing challenges of the Used Oil Program.

With input from key stakeholders (including registered processors), an environmental fee adjustment has been identified as an urgent need to support the sustainability of the collection, transportation, and processing network for the industry. These environmental fees have not been updated since 2011. The new fees, to take effect this fall, will align Alberta’s fees with those currently being charged by other jurisdictions across Canada. The adjustment will allow the program to provide increased support to the recycling activities of registered processors, municipal collection sites, and Indigenous communities.

We have informed the Minister of Environment and Protected Areas of our recommended changes. The upcoming environmental fee changes outlined in the Used Oil Recycling Bylaw are as follows:

Existing Eco Fee Rates until September 30, 2023

I. For lubricating oil, $0.05 per litre or per kilogram;

II. For lubricating oil containers, $0.05 per litre of container size; and

III. For filters, $0.50 for a filter less than 203 mm in length and $1.00 for a filter 203 mm or more in length.

New Eco Fee Rates starting October 1, 2023

I. For lubricating oil, $0.06 per litre or per kilogram;

II. For lubricating oil containers, $0.12 per litre of container size for containers made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or metal materials and $0.20 per litre of container size for containers made of non-HDPE or non-metal materials; and

III. For filters, $0.55 for a filter less than 203 mm in length and $1.25 for a filter 203 mm or more in length.

For questions about the above changes to environmental fees, please contact us at usedoil@albertarecycling.ca. Thank you again for your continued participation in Alberta’s recycling industry. We remain incredibly grateful to have stakeholders that are engaged and supportive of our work, ensuring a sustainable Alberta for generations to come.

ARMA

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