May 2019 Newsletter
Greetings Ward 14!
I hope you had a great April. Here are your May newsletter topics.
Extended Producer Responsibility
Some have likely noticed me mention Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) over the last few months. Simply put, EPR shifts the responsibility and costs of managing recyclable materials from municipalities to producers. It is not new. It exists in some form in every province in Canada, other than Alberta.
I am a proponent of EPR for two main reasons:
- In 2016, producers provided more than $367 million to fund provincially‐regulated paper and packaging recycling across Canada because of EPR. Because Alberta does not have EPR legislation we received NOTHING. Yet we pay for the cost of EPR in other provinces that producers pass on. We are paying twice for our recycling, and EPR could change that.
- EPR provides an incentive for industry to innovate ways to waste less and recycle more.
Cities, and towns across the province have shown their support for a province-wide EPR program, but what we really need is for Albertans to tell the Province to stop making them pay twice. If you want to see EPR in Alberta, tell your MLA. You can visit calgary.ca/ward14EPR for more info about EPR.
The next Counciltalk is on May 4 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkland Community Hall (505 Parkvalley Rd SE). Visit calgary.ca/counciltalk for future dates.
Please feel free to contact me any time. The best way to do so is by visiting calgary.ca/contactward14.
-Councillor Peter Demong
Categories: Extended Producer Responsibility, Newsletter