Newspapers don’t belong in Alberta’s EPR program

Written by ECA Review

Alberta has plans to roll out a province wide recycling program over the next two years, one which requires producers to pay the entire cost of the curbside collection program. It’s purported goal to reduce packaging is laudable, but the province’s decision to include newspapers misses the mark.

Recognizing newspapers’ critical role in the community, Ontario exempted newspapers from these fees, and recent research confirms that Canadians support this exemption.

Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) agree that newspapers should be exempt, and this climbs to 66 per cent for adults in small cities (population 30 – 100K) as well as adults in western Canada.

Readers are asked to speak to their MLA about the importance of community newspapers as a product, not packaging.

For some newspapers that means taking an approximate $12,000 hit annually and will not make it sustainable to remain in business.

Newspapers already have the highest level of collection of all recyclable materials as much as is logistically possible in rural Alberta, and newspaper publishers are responsible stewards, moving to thinner paper, smaller page sizes and environmentally friendly inks.

Love your newspaper? Then take the time to phone your MLA: Honourable Nate Horner, MLA for Drumheller Stettler, 403-321-7720, 587-774-0306, or 780-427-2137; Honourable Nathan Cooper, MLA for Three Hills, Kneehill county, 403-556-3132 or 780-427-2464; Ms. Jackie Lovely, MLA for Camrose, 780-672-0000 or 780-638-1258; Honourable Ronald Orr, MLA for Lacombe/Ponoka, 403-782-7725; Garth Rowswell, MLA for Wainwright area, 780-842-6177 or 780-638-1398.

J. Webster
ECA Review

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