The Alberta government is updating the administrative process to set the surcharges for paints, oils, electronics and tires.
As an arm’s-length organization, the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) oversees the recycling programs for electronics, paint, tires and used oil. One part of their programs are recycling surcharges on applicable products sold in Alberta.
The change to the administrative process will change how surcharges are approved and it removes the cap on fees.
Under the new system, surcharges will be recommended by the Alberta Recycling Management Authority and can be approved through a ministerial order (instead of through cabinet approval of a regulatory change). This means that the Minister of Environment and Parks can now approve changes to the recycling surcharges.
In addition, the cap for recycling fees was lifted under the expectation that ministerial oversight will ensure the fees are in line with the program costs.