Nova Scotia – Producers Need to Register by January 1, 2024 for the New PPP Program
Please note that producers (companies that produce and supply packaging, paper products and packaging-like products into Nova Scotia) are required to register with Divert NS by January 1, 2024. This is the first step is the start of the transition to a new recycling program.
In December 2021, the Nova Scotia government committed to EPR for Packaging, Paper Products, and Packaging-like products (PPP) as part of the Environmental Goals and Climate Change Reduction Act. The specific regulations for the program were announced August 2, 2023 – signaling the start of the transition.
Divert NS, a not-for-profit corporation championing recycling in Nova Scotia for over 25 years, was appointed by the province to administer and oversee the EPR for PPP program, which includes compliance with the waste diversion targets and enforcing the obligations of:
- Producers: Companies that supply materials that are typically collected through municipal blue bag programs in Nova Scotia. These designated materials include packaging, paper products or packaging-like products comprised of paper, glass, metal or plastic, or a combination of these materials.
- Producer Responsibility Organization: An organization that acts on behalf of the various packaging producers by, among other things, developing and operating a common collection system for recyclable materials.
- Processors: Organizations that process packaging, paper products or packaging-like products from curbside recycling programs that was supplied to a consumer in Nova Scotia.
- Municipalities: A city, an incorporated town, a municipality of a county or district or a regional municipality that operates a curbside recycling, or blue bag, collection program.
Transitioning to the new industry-led program will take two years, so a phased approach will be used to ensure Divert NS’ plan is workable for all stakeholders. The first phase of the transition to EPR for PPP is focused on preparing the foundations for the program: registering the producers of packaging, paper products and packaging-like products, collecting data from municipalities on their curbside recycling programs and registering any producer responsibility organizations (PROs) that that will operate the program on behalf of producers.
Registering as a Producer
For producers, registration with Divert NS is a simple and quick task. The process of registering is based on existing programs in other provinces and uses best practices from other jurisdictions.
This will be is done through an online EPR Portal. The Portal is expected to open the first week of December. When it is open, producers should receive an email with a link to the Portal and information on how to register. Please note that the Portal will be open through the holidays, but technical support will not be available from December 22 to January 1.
Registering will take approximately 15 minutes and involves setting up an online account and providing basic information about the producer. This information includes, for example:
- Legal business name and business address
- Business start date
- A company representative and their contact information
Please note that registering does not require producers to supply information on the volume of designated material your business supplies into Nova Scotia.
Divert NS will take a flexible and supportive approach to those producers who have challenges in registering by the deadline.
What Happens After Registration?
Once you have registered as a producer, Divert NS will be in the second phase of the transition. The next major milestone will be in October 2024.
During this phase, Divert NS will be providing more information on the next steps for obligated producers to meet their regulatory requirements under the EPR for PPP program. You will also likely be contacted by a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) – an organization that can provide collection, management reporting and other services on behalf of producers – to support you in meeting the requirements.
- November 16, 2023: Producer Registration for Nova Scotia’s EPR for PPP
- November 27, 2023: Producer Update #2: EPR for PPP in Nova Scotia
Alberta – Registration for New PPP Program Now Open, Deadline is March 1, 2024
Alberta has a new extended producer responsibility (EPR) framework for packaging and paper. A new regulation came into effect on November 30, 2022, with the transition to EPR starting in April 2025.
The regulation authorizes Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA), a not-for-profit organization that for the past 30 years has stewarded provincial recycling programs on behalf of the Government of Alberta, to be responsible for the administration and oversight authority of the Single-use Products, Packaging, and Paper Products (PPP) program.
PPP includes the following materials from the residential sector:
- paper products such as newspapers, packaging, cardboard, printed paper and magazines
- plastics (both rigid and flexible)
- metal and glass
Alberta’s EPR framework does not include PPP from the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. PPP materials regulated under existing regulated stewardship programs (beverage containers, tires, paint, electronics and used oil materials) are not included in EPR PPP to avoid duplicating requirements.
Producer Registration is Now Open
Producers who supply PPP materials to Alberta can now register for the program with a deadline of March 1, 2024 to do so. You can also find more information on the program at the below links:
November 27, 2023: Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) Connect portal for producer registration opened.
March 1, 2024: Deadline for producers to register in the ARMA Connect portal.
The EPR framework is still under development, and ARMA is working with the Government of Alberta and other stakeholders to confirm reporting and scheduling structures.
At this time, most producers will be required to provide verification of collection and management plans to the ARMA by April 1, 2024. Phase I of the EPR system will be operational by April 1, 2025. Additional key dates in the implementation process can be found here.
A producer responsibility organization, or PRO, is a business established to contract with producers to help them meet their regulatory obligations under the EPR regulation. Producers of EPR materials are responsible for meeting mandatory collection, management, and promotion and education requirements.
During the registration process, a producer can choose a PRO registered with ARMA to handle their reporting duties. The specific terms and conditions, including fees and payment schedules, are determined within each individual contract between a PRO and a producer.
Currently, there is only one registered PRO with ARMA for the province’s PPP Program: Circular Materials:
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