2021 marks the 30th year of the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association’s work to facilitate plastics recycling opportunities. APRA members and directors celebrated this milestone at the Association’s Annual General Meeting on May 26.

The AGM featured presentations from APRA’s outgoing President who served 21 years with the Association – Dave Schwass. Dave is retiring from NOVA Chemicals after over 30 years with the organization. He will remain as an independent director on the Board to support the transition. The organization also thanked John Reid, an outgoing director with Plasti-Fab who volunteered on the APRA Board since 2013.

New Board Members Include:

  • Stephen Tong, Responsible Care Director at Dow will serve as APRA’s President. Stephen has over two decades of experience in various positions across Dow.
  • Oswaldo Asprino is APRA’s Vice President and is currently the Leader of Engineering and Projects for NOVA’s Manufacturing West operations. Oswaldo has served in several roles with NOVA Chemicals since 2005.
  • Dan Morrison is a Supervisor, Sustainability with Inter Pipeline. Dan spent 15 years in the environmental consulting world prior to joining IPL in 2013.
  • Dan Zembal has over 25 years of management and leadership experience in waste management and recycling. He is the founder and owner of Alberta Waste and Recycling, providing waste solutions to the construction industry and the co-founder/co-owner of PolyAg Recycling, processing agricultural plastics into PCR pellets.

For a full list of APRA’s directors and their bios, visit: https://albertaplasticsrecycling.com/contact/

As the Association’s Executive Director, Tammy Schwass, prepares for maternity leave in mid-June, APRA announced the Interim Executive Director as Stacey Schaub-Szabo. Stacey helps Alberta communities, municipalities and organizations to manage resources and regulatory compliance issues related to diversion and waste management. Stacey enjoys collaborating with clients and industry experts to develop effective, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable waste management strategies. She has substantial experience working in Calgary and Western Canada, and frequently partners with other professionals to provide the best possible service to her clients. She has experience facilitating national engagement sessions on plastics topics and with waste audits exploring the use and generation of plastic feedstocks. Stacey can be reached at stacey@albertaplasticsrecycling.com.


APRA’s current director, Bryan Sullivan will be taking over project facilitation for the Plastics Data Project. Bryan was one of the founding members of APRA and had an extensive career with Dow before retiring in 2008.