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Who is considered a stakeholder?

  • Business owners and managers, including commercial retailers and industrial companies

  • Institutional owners and managers

  • Businesses and companies that receive commercial waste collection services

  • Contractors (such as, waste haulers) and service providers that provide services for businesses, institutions and industry

  • Associations and agencies that represent businesses and business networks

 

Engagement Opportunities

Phone Surveys and Stakeholder Workshops

Want to provide input? We are conducting phone interviews and scheduling stakeholder workshops with interested participants. Please leave a message at 780-394-2138 or email futureofwaste@edmonton.ca for more information. 

Public Drop-in Information and Schedule

Last fall, we heard from stakeholders about their current waste management practices and interests in opportunities for additional waste diversion. We also heard about some of the challenges they face, such as understanding the City’s role, inconsistency across sectors, need for education and policies to drive and support waste diversion.

This winter, we are seeking input on setting waste diversion targets, and what support businesses, industry and institutions will need from the City if these changes are implemented.

We are starting these conversations now to plan ahead for changes. We will consult with partners and organizations across the impacted sector on a timeline for any proposed changes in order to allow the necessary time for businesses and organizations to adapt. 

Stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input on topics including, but not limited to:

Setting Waste Diversion Targets

There is no consistent method across municipalities for calculating diversion, but stakeholders expressed interest that the City should work with industry representatives to set diversion targets and methodology.  

We are seeking input on the following:

  • What should an appropriate waste diversion target be, and the timeframe for implementation

  • What programs and support are needed to meet those targets

  • How to measure diversion consistently, and accurately report on progress

Zero Waste Goal

Many cities in Canada, and other countries, have adopted a Zero Waste goal. This means working towards keeping as much waste as possible out of landfill by focusing on waste reduction and reuse, followed by innovative waste sorting, recycling, processing, composting and more.

Last fall, stakeholder respondents were moderately supportive of adopting a Zero Waste Framework.  This winter, we are asking stakeholders for their thoughts on the kinds of programs and services Edmonton should consider if the City adopts a Zero Waste goal.

Examples:

Waste Reduction

  • Sustainable purchasing policies (for example, focusing on purchasing items that can be composted/recycled or made from recycled materials)
  • Food waste prevention and recovery programs
  • Supporting businesses in waste reduction efforts
  • Policies related to reduced packaging and producer/manufacturer responsibility

Reuse and Recovery

  • Recovery/reuse sites for materials exchanges (for example, partnerships with organizations that accept donations, facilitating and incentivizing reuse of waste products between local business/industry)
  • Recovery and repair/refurbishment programs (for example, partnerships with Not For Profit organizations and businesses focused on repair/reselling)

Sorting and Recycling

  • Enforcement for improper disposal

  • Access to more options for sorting/recycling facilities

Role of the City

Understanding and clarifying the role of the City for waste management in the non-residential sector is critical to the success of the 25-Year waste strategy work. We heard from stakeholders that there were a number of areas where the City could play more of a leadership role.

We are seeking input on what the role of the City should be in the following areas, and how the City can assist this sector in achieving high waste reduction and diversion.

  • Education (programs, materials, to support changes through awareness)

  • Advocacy and Regulation (creation and support of policies and legislation, such as advocating for Extended Producer Responsibility in Alberta, and introducing policies for single-use plastics)

  • Service Provider (what kinds of services and access to facilities should be provided by the City, or supported by the City)

Consistency, Compliance and Incentives

Last fall, we heard concerns from stakeholders about ensuring consistency and compliance across the sector, including improper sorting and illegal dumping.

This winter, we are seeking input on:

  • What consistency could look like for sorting and services across the sector (including recyclables, organics, and other kinds of waste)

  • How the City can support organics separation (especially food scraps)

  • How compliance can be encouraged and ensured across the sector

  • How to address consistency from a regional perspective

  • What incentives should there be for meeting targets and reducing waste overall

  • What support is needed from the City to address health, safety and bylaw concerns associated with illegal dumping and dumpster diving

  • How to address waste disposal and management consistently for mixed-use sites (residential multi-unit properties with commercial storefronts)

Education Opportunities

Stakeholders told us that more educational opportunities and materials would be necessary to help stakeholders and clients understand and learn about future changes to waste programs and services.

We would like input on:

  • What opportunities, communication methods and resources would be of interest to you (including topics, target audiences and purposes for your business)

  • The City’s role in providing educational programs

  • Possible opportunities for the City to collaborate with this sector in creating educational materials and programs

Single-Use Plastics

Many cities have passed legislation or policies that restrict or eliminate "single-use plastics": many of these items, such as straws, plastic bags and takeout food containers, are not typically accepted for recycling, and are meant to be thrown away after one use. A single-use plastic policy is being considered for Edmonton.

We are asking which items should be considered for restriction, for use with an extra fee, and/or for elimination, and if there should be any exemptions if these changes were to be introduced. 

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Although many provinces in Canada already have Extended Producer Responsibility  (EPR) policies, Alberta does not. The City is considering adopting such a policy which makes companies assume physical and/or financial responsibility for the production and disposal or recycling of waste related to the products they make and sell. This reduces those costs and responsibilities for municipalities and residents.

This winter, we are seeking input on the following:

  • Should the City begin programs to support EPR (using bylaw process), or rely on provincial legislation?

  • Which types of EPR-based programs are a priority for the City to focus its efforts (such as banning disposal of specific items, advocating for material take-back programs and incentives for reduced product packaging)?

For More Information

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email wasteman@edmonton.ca

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