Amalgamation with Alberta Recycling

December 4, 2017

The Alberta Used Oil Management Association (AUOMA) has received notice that the Government of Alberta will be transferring the delegation of the used oil material recycling program to the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (Alberta Recycling), the organization that oversees Alberta’s tire, electronics and paint recycling programs.

The decision to amalgamate the two organizations was made as part of the government’s ongoing review of agencies, boards and commissions and its desire to strengthen recycling work in the province. The consolidation of the programs for tires, electronics, paint and used oil materials under one management board is expected to occur toward the latter half of 2018. During this time, AUOMA will work closely with Alberta Recycling to prepare for a coordinated, seamless and efficient transition.

It is important to note that the anticipated timeframe to transfer the program is due to the requirement for regulatory changes. Until the Government of Alberta makes these changes, AUOMA will continue in its current form and manage the program. This means that it will be business as usual for everyone who touches and interacts with AUOMA and the program. Environmental Handling Charge Remitters, Registered Collectors and Processors, and collection sites will continue to follow the same processes and procedures. Albertans, including businesses and members of the public, recycling their used oil materials will experience no disruption in service as a result of this announcement.

It is also important to note that program changes announced earlier this year (i.e., changes to Return Incentives rates – by zone, decision to pay on processed weight, and a new process and forms to collect information from Collectors and Processors) will proceed and come into effect on January 1, 2018.

For more information about the Government of Alberta’s decision, please read the notice and set of frequently asked questions issued to AUOMA by Alberta Environment and Parks.