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RFD- 3446 Business Items   Item #   10. b.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 11/13/2018  
Title:    Council Support for Extended Producer Responsibility - Levasseur
Department: Planning & Infrastructure  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Citizens consistently express high levels of satisfaction with municipal services.

Information
Request for Decision Summary
During the October 22, 2018 Regular Council Meeting, an update was provided on the Edmonton Region Waste Advisory Committee’s recent advocacy efforts with respect to Extended Producer Responsibility in Alberta. The committee has asked that the City of Spruce Grove support these advocacy efforts by participating in a letter writing campaign to the Government of Alberta on Extended Producer Responsibility.

Proposed Motion
That the key messages document from the Edmonton Regional Waste Advisory Committee be received as information and,

that the City of Spruce Grove provide a letter of support to the Government of Alberta for the establishment of an Extended Producer Responsibility program.

Background/Analysis
The Edmonton Region Waste Advisory Committee (ERWAC) is seeking support to encourage the Government of Alberta to establish an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy and program approach in Alberta.

EPR shifts the financial responsibility of recycling toward the producer and away from municipalities and taxpayers, while providing incentives to producers to incorporate environmental considerations in the design of their products.

ERWAC is convinced that EPR can provide opportunities to shift the funding and if municipalities choose, the operational responsibility for recycling, recycling collection, processing and materials marketing to the producer, resulting in potentially significant cost savings for municipalities.

EPR incentivizes producers to make and sell products that are more durable, reusable and recyclable. As a result, significant progress can be made to divert waste away from landfills which supports the sustainability objectives of our community. EPR will foster harmonization and waste diversion programs across the province which contributes to the Government of Alberta’s waste diversion and climate change goals. EPR also supports the creation of sustainable jobs, reduces waste management costs for local governments and tax payers, reduces greenhouse gases emissions, increases social awareness of recycling and creates social consciousness about consumption.

In 2009, all Canada’s provinces, committed through Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment to working towards the development of EPR framework legislation and/or regulations for the implementation of EPR programs for a designated list of priority products and materials. Since then, every province, with the exception of Alberta and the Territories, has developed and implemented EPR legislation for various materials. Many provinces have implemented EPR for printed paper and packaging (PPP) materials. Alberta is the only province west of Quebec where PPP programs remain wholly funded by municipal taxpayers. 

Additional information and key messages regarding EPR are attached.
Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
Both the key messages document and the AUMA letter have been shared with members of ERWAC and will be circulated to each Council for information and approval.
Implementation/Communication
N/A
Impacts
N/A
Attachments
EPR - Key Messages
AUMA Letter Campaign on EPR

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