Get ready for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) shifts the physical and financial burden of collecting, sorting, processing, and recycling waste away from municipal governments and taxpayers to the producers. 

Producers must arrange to take over this responsibility from municipalities by April 1, 2025.

The next step in this transition is for the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA), EPR’s oversight body, to release its EPR bylaws. These bylaws will outline further details on the requirements and registration process for municipalities.

Municipalities can prepare for EPR to be implemented by learning more about their current collection costs. Some of the questions to answer are: 

  • What are your current costs for staffing, hauling, and administration related to the collection of residential recyclables?
  • Can you separate the cost of collecting residential materials from any commercial materials you may collect?
  • What about school or hospital materials?
  • What is the total number of households you service?
  • What is your collection schedule and collection route?

Visit ABmunis' EPR web page or contact Policy Analyst kris [at] (Kris Samraj) to learn more.