Action Areas

Four main areas of interest set the strategic direction for PAA objectives:

Focus: Recommending policies for provincial and municipal governments to enact that set a regulatory and investment climate that encourages a circular economy. 

Outcomes: (includes government and industry outcomes) 

  • Cross-jurisdictional analysis informs policy recommendations. 
  • Plastics transition from being viewed/treated as waste to a commodity, and reflected as such in regulatory systems. 
  • Policies are developed relating to reducing unnecessary plastic waste/single-use plastics.

 

In February 2021, the PAA provided recommendations to the Alberta Government on actions to encourage a circular economy for plastics. Recommendations were focused on: 

  • Extended Producer Responsibility: Support the position advanced by the Alberta Collaborative Extended Producer Responsibility Study (ACES) group: Now is the time to act on an EPR framework. The Government should initiate stakeholder consultations on an EPR framework for packaging and paper products along with additional waste streams (which could include ICI and agricultural waste, for example).
  • Regulatory Improvements: Develop new legislation that properly classified advanced plastics recycling facilities.  Revise and update current Alberta regulations, such as the “Waste Control Regulation”, to encourage circular economy activities. Ensure alignment between Alberta efforts and those of the Federal Government and neighbouring provinces.
  • Recycled Content: The Government of Alberta must play an important role in the development of national recycled content policy in collaboration with others. EPR investments are needed in infrastructure, innovation and consumer awareness. Enable the establishment of a private-sector-led group to develop a national approach to standards. 
  • Government funding: Establish a funding mechanism that contributes to the development of commercial pre-feasibility studies. Create a funding program similar to the Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program (APIP). Provide funding and expertise support that encourages collaboration between sectors (similar to Circular Plastic Task Force (CPT) in Quebec and reciChain in BC). Look at federal policy on Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance to ensure recycling facilities are eligible for the tax provision.

Focus: Defining Alberta’s plastics value chain and identifying potential investment opportunities to achieve a circular economy.

Outcomes:

  • Provide an understanding of the current plastics value chain environment in Alberta and identify the need for potential further investments to achieve the goal of circularity in Alberta. 
  • Identify the barriers to investment and the opportunities to improve the investment environment to attract new facilities, technologies and processes to advance a circular economy from plastics.

Focus: Identifying areas within Alberta’s plastics value chain where innovation plays a role in overcoming the gaps or barriers to plastics circularity.

Outcomes:

  • Value chain initiatives that overcome gaps and barriers in the plastics circular economy are successfully implemented.
  • There is an increased rate of plastics returned to the value chain as a high value product (instead of downcycling).
  • Partnerships with other provincial circular economy initiatives to build upon one another’s successes and learn from the challenges.
  • Partnerships and relationships that manifest new innovation are facilitated/supported.
  • Innovation funding focused on circularity is provided through public organizations.

Focus: Communicating and building awareness of the importance of a circular economy for plastics in Alberta.

Outcomes:

  • Advocacy and engagement that influences government policy, programs, regulatory system, strategy, funding, and other opportunities to bring about the Alliance Vision.
  • Unified messages for Alliance members when engaging with stakeholders, including the public, on plastics management and member activities.
  • Build internal Alliance awareness of circularity actions being taken in other jurisdictions.

Contact

Co-chair – Deborah Pietrusik

Co-chair – Christina Seidel

Support

Support for the website development has come from Invest Alberta