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Alberta Plastics Recycling Association

Before you Contact APRA

If you have commercial volumes of plastic that you are looking to recycle we may be able to help. Please review the following questions before contacting us or send these details by email so we can be of more assistance.

  1. Check your plastics for information. Are there any identification codes (#1 through #7) or indication of type of plastic, i.e. Code #, HDPE or PVC or other? Do you have more than one type of plastic or other materials combined? Note any information you find.
  2. How and how often do you receive these plastics? Is your plastics waste a “one-time” occurrence (how much do you have now) or do you receive these types of materials regularly (how much do you generate in a month or a year)? If you don’t have weights or volumes try to quantify this by the amount you receive, i.e. one roll-off bin, a few semi-truck loads etc. Where are the materials located?
  3. Are you able to take photos of the plastics? If you can, please email these photos and make sure to include an item in relation to the objects to provide perspective on size. As an example, park a vehicle or have an employee stand beside the plastics.

We welcome your inquiries!

Mailing Address

Alberta Plastics Recycling Association
Airways R.P.O.
PO Box 56092
Calgary, AB T2E 8K5

Toll Free phone number: 1-855-939-2386
Email: info@albertaplasticsrecycling.com

Tammy Schwass, Executive Director
Airways R.P.O.
PO Box 56092
Calgary, AB T2E 8K5
Email: Tammy@albertaplasticsrecycling.com

Board of Directors

Wendy Wright

Wendy Wright

NOVA

President
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As Sustainability Strategic Ventures Manager, Wendy focuses on Circular Economy initiatives across NOVA. This work recognizes the value in post-use plastics and works to extend the lifecycle of plastics products and packaging through innovative practices and initiatives.

She states, “I am proud to be a part of helping NOVA in our commitment to enabling 100 percent of plastics packaging to be recyclable or recoverable by 2030; and 100 percent of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040”.

Wendy joined NOVA in 1999. She has worked in multiple areas of the company including Finance, Operations, Commercial and Sustainability. In her current role Wendy, provides leadership to developing and realizing NOVA’s Circular Economy aspirations. Wendy has also served on the Board of Directors of the Joffre Cogen Joint Venture for the past 10 years, representing NOVA in overseeing the operations of Canada’s largest cogeneration power plant.

Wendy holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Calgary. She is also a Chartered Accountant and a Project Management Professional. Wendy is based in Calgary, AB.

Courtenay Boyda

Courtenay Boyda

Dow

Vice President
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As Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) Regional Delivery Manager, Courtenay has responsibility for several key environmental regulatory portfolios for Dow’s Alberta Operations and multiple sustainability initiatives advancing Dow’s ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals. Courtenay is also the Dow Canada Responsible Care Code Coordinator, where she leads Dow Canada’s adherence to the Responsible Care® codes and Principles of Sustainability. Courtenay utilizes her strengths as a relationship builder to develop strong well-established relationships with provincial and federal environmental regulatory agencies, as well as a broad network of industry, vendor, community, and stakeholder relationships.

Courtenay joined Dow in 2007, where she spent the first eight years of her career in various manufacturing roles supporting production, projects, and major turnarounds. She joined EHS&S in 2015 as an EH&S Regulatory Specialist. Courtenay holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in the province of Alberta.

Courtenay is an active volunteer both at Dow and in her community, with a focus on supporting inclusion, diversity & equity (ID&E), mental health, sustainability, and environmental programs. She is based in the Greater Edmonton area.

Kevin Kernaghan

Kevin Kernaghan

Polycycle Environmental

Secretary-Treasurer
Shelley Hiron

Shelley Hiron

Great White Foam

Director
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Shelley is the general manager for Great White Foam, an Alberta company who produces expanded polystyrene in two formats: shape molding and block molding. She is a food science graduate from the UofA who began my career in the food industry as foreman in a large dairy. She then moved on to other manufacturing businesses as head of quality control and as operations managers. A great deal of my work involved food product and process development, patent development and marketing canola oil to North America. In 2008 Shelley started a structural insulated panel manufacturing business called Magwall Inc. with her husband and another partner and is currently a one-third owner of this business. In 2014 she joined a coatings company as an operations manager and then General manager. The work focused on corrosion protection using both polymers and electroless nickel coatings focused primarily on the oil and gas industry. In 2019 the president of Great White Foam asked her to take on the position as general manager, her current position. GWF is a supplier to Magwall.
Davin Johnson

Davin Johnson

Cleanfarms

Director
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Davin is the Alberta Program Advisor of Cleanfarms Inc., a non-profit industry stewardship organization committed to environmental responsibility through properly managing agricultural plastic packaging and product waste. He has worked with Cleanfarms since 2013 as a consultant in the unwanted pesticide and animal health medication collection program and now coordinates all of Cleanfarms’ stewardship programs in Alberta.

In addition to working with stakeholders across the province to support existing ag recycling and waste management programs, Davin focuses on the Alberta Ag-Plastic. Recycle It! pilot to recycle grain bags and twine, a micro pilot to recycle bale and silage wrap in the Lethbridge area, and a seed, pesticide and inoculant bag collection program expanding across the prairies.

Born in Saskatchewan and raised in southern Alberta, Davin holds a B.Sc. with a concentration in GIS from the University of Lethbridge. Most of his professional career has been spent in rural Alberta, remediating and reclaiming farm and ranchland as an environmental scientist. Founded on a passion for environmental sustainability, he brings to his role 14 years of environmental science, remote sensing, GIS, and project oversight experience in the oil and gas, geomatics, agricultural, academic, government, and not-for-profit sectors. He has served on various boards and working groups for government and not-for-profit agencies in the environmental field.

Stephanie Kristensen

Stephanie Kristensen

Inter Pipeline

Director
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Stephanie is currently the Regulatory Compliance Officer with Inter Pipeline (2022-Present). She has been with Inter Pipeline for four years, in the capacity of Manager, ESG Integration (2021-2022) and Regulatory Specialist (2018-2021). Stephanie has 15 years of experience in regulatory compliance, environmental science, and sustainability. She previously held roles in environmental consulting and research managing large infrastructure projects, overseeing project teams, conducting field work, and doing data analysis and reporting. Stephanie holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Calgary, an M.Sc. in Water Science (thesis/research based) from the University of Saskatchewan and a BA in Physical Geography from the University of British Columbia.
Tom Moore

Tom Moore

Commission Manager, Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission

Director
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Tom Moore is the Commission Manager for the Westlock Regional Waste Management Commission in Westlock Alberta and owner of Tom Moore Consulting. Tom has over 15 years of experience in Policy and Bylaw Development, and H&S program development and management. Tom has 14 years of experience in the waste management field. With a supportive board and his innovation Tom has been able to create a plastics processing facility at their Regional Waste Facility, taking in all plastics 1-7s from 4 other municipalities and grinding the materials and then shipping to two separate processors here in Alberta with a focus on those plastics no other facility wants to handle.

Tom was the landfill manager during the 2011 wildfire that burned up one third of the residences in the Town of Slave Lake and Municipal District of Lesser Slave River. During the cleanup Tom’s initiative was to recycle as much material as possible as well as be as environmentally responsible as possible, an estimated 80+% was recycled. Tom received the Alberta Emerald Award for his efforts in this challenge. Tom, along with Jim Lapp, has helped in a few disasters since 2011, mostly in the advisory level, including High River floods and Fort McMurray fire. Tom has given presentations on the Slave Lake Wildfire all over Canada as well as worked with Jim Lapp on a webinar and course development on pre-disaster planning. Tom is active in Alberta Coordinated Action for Recycling Enterprises (CARE) as chairman and a past board member with the Northern Lights Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and current board member of APRA (Alberta Plastics Recycle Association). Tom has been a SWANA Landfill Operator and Transfer Station instructor since 2013 and is currently the chairman for the SWANA-NLC Chapters Crisis Committee team.

Darryl Wolski

Darryl Wolski

Merlin Plastics

Director
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Darryl is the Purchasing Manager for Merlin Plastics and has been with the company
for 8 years. Merlin Plastics is a recycler and processor of post-consumer and post-industrial plastic container packaging. Its high value, quality recycled plastic products are being integrated into various commercial and industrial industries as an alternative to virgin resin for manufacturers to produce similar or alternative consumer goods. Merlin Plastics continuously work with brand owners, retailers, and industry associations to improve packaging design for recyclability as well as develop alternatives for ongoing sustainable solutions. In lieu of ‘cradle-to-grave’ end-of-life cycle for plastic products, our objective is for a seamless, continuous Circular Economy.

For the past 8 years Darryl has sat as a Director on the Alberta Plastic Recycling Association (APRA). As well, he serves on the Agricultural Plastic Recycling Group (APRG) and was elected to the Recycling Council of Alberta (RCA) for 15 years and served as president for 2 of those years. He was an elected Board Member for the Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB) for 3 years and has worked with a wide variety of local, provincial, and national boards.

Dan Zembal

Dan Zembal

Alberta Waste and Recycling

Director
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Dan Zembal has over 25 years of management and leadership experience in waste management and recycling. He is an active environmental champion and has served on numerous boards, committees and organizations that promote and facilitate environmentally sustainable solutions. Dan is the founder and owner of Alberta Waste and Recycling, a Calgary-based company focusing on providing innovative, cost-effective construction waste and recycling solutions and facilities in southern and central Alberta. He is also co-founder/co-owner of PolyAg Recycling, a recycling company that processes agricultural plastic waste in Alberta and Saskatchewan into PCR pellets. Dan has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Victoria and has won numerous awards for academic excellence.

Dan has played a key role in the development of recycling programs, services and policies for the Construction and Demolition industry in Alberta. As an innovator, his company Alberta Waste and Recycling, was one of the first recycling businesses in Alberta to successfully recycle asphalt shingles and drywall. Dan was recognized by the construction industry as one of its “Movers and Shakers”. His company received the Recycling Council of Alberta’s 2011 Rs of Excellence award for Leadership in C&D Recycling.

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