AUMA encourages all members to join its letter writing campaign calling for an update to Alberta’s recycling regulatory framework.
Many municipalities across the province have implemented successful local recycling programs. Despite this, Alberta is the most wasteful province in Canada with an annual rate of landfill disposal just under 1,000 kilograms (kg) per person compared to the Canadian average of approximately 700 kg per person. This poor result is partially due to Alberta’s outdated recycling regulations, some of which have not been updated since 1997.
In 2013, public consultations held by the Government of Alberta showed strong municipal support for the expansion of Alberta’s electronics, tires, paint, and used oil recycling programs, and for regulatory changes that offer these programs the flexibility to keep pace with the cost of maintaining them. To date, the Province has failed to take action, despite persistent advocacy by the AUMA and other recycling stakeholders. Without regulatory changes, these programs are in danger of collapsing, downloading the responsibility and costs to municipalities.
AUMA has developed a letter template municipalities can download and adapt to send to MLAs outlining the need for Provincial action to improve waste management in Alberta, as well as a background document for further information.
Check out AUMA’s Waste Management Hub for more information on waste management and what your municipality can do to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.