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Alberta rejects “unconstitutional” federal plastics registry and production cap

By Isaac Lamoureux, True North Wire

If the federal government proceeds with its proposed plastics registry and production cap, Alberta will take them to court once more.

Alberta’s Environment Minister Rebecca Schulz issued a press release reacting to her federal counterpart Steven Guilbeault’s proposal.

Schulz has asked numerous times to work with the federal government collaboratively, as opposed to the feds implementing unilateral decisions without consulting Alberta.

“This unilateral announcement is a slap in the face to Alberta and our province’s petrochemical industry, and the thousands of Albertans who work in it,” said Schulz.

True North previously reported that Guilbeault proposed creating a plastics registry, forcing some companies to report their plastic production and implementation regularly. The registry is set to come into effect in September 2025.

The registry will require businesses to report on plastic they have placed on the market and the amount of plastic waste generated on their commercial, industrial, and institutional premises. Small businesses that produce less than one tonne of plastic each year will be exempt from making reports. Additional reporting requirements will be added in 2027.

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