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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

Dave Schwass

Dave Schwass, P.Chem, CPEA, EP(CEA), FCIC

Nova Chemicals Corporation

President
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As Sr. Advisor – Environment at NOVA Chemicals Dave provides environmental leadership and support across the company and to industry associations representing chemical and plastics manufacturing and research in North America. In his role he routinely engages in environmental policy and program development involving the federal and provincial governments, industry groups and NGOs.

Dave has over than 31 years of environmental, health and safety experience within federal and provincial governments, consulting, domestic and international gas pipeline and chemical and plastics manufacturing businesses. Dave has been elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and is a recipient of the Frank W. Bachelor Award for Service to the Chemical Profession, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada’s President Award, Canadian Plastics Industry Association’s CanPlast Award and NOVA Chemicals’ Excellence In Responsible Care® Award.

Dave is actively involved in the community as President of APRA, Director of Rockyview Gas Co-op and Past-President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. Dave lives in a rural community near Calgary.

Dave Schwass

Kevin Kernaghan

Polycycle Environmental

Secretary-Treasurer
John Reid

John Reid, P.Eng.

Plasti-Fab Ltd.

Director
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John is a Chemical Engineer who has worked for Plasti-Fab in Crossfield since the start-up of the Expandable Polystyrene Plant in 1987. He was the Plant Manager at a time when the plant consistently increased its capacity, efficiency and quality through the years and contributed to the growth of Plasti-Fab Ltd.’s Expanded Polystyrene business across Canada and in the US. He is now in the Special Projects Manager, putting his experience as the internal supplier for the Plasti-Fab moulding plants to use to implement improvements in capacity, efficiency and quality in the moulding plants.

Plasti-Fab has an ongoing agreement with the City of Airdrie to process all of their collected EPS waste to process for recycling, which John helped to establish with APRA. John has been on the APRA board since 2013.

Darryl Wolski

Darryl Wolski

Merlin Plastics

Director
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Darryl Wolski is the Purchasing Manager for Merlin Plastics. Merlin Plastics is a processor of post-consumer and post-industrial plastics, taking them from commodity resin to engineering grade across Canada and the USA.

Darryl’s career history is broad, covering various specialties in solid waste and recycling over the past 22 years. He started his career with the City of Airdrie as the Solid Waste Coordinator. Darryl was one of the cofounders in the startup of e-Cycle Solutions, an electronics recycling processor in Airdrie, AB. Darryl is also committed to volunteering; he has been on the Recycling Council of Alberta Board for 10 years, including two years as president, on the Beverage Container Management Board for 3 years, and the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association Board for the past four.

Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Director
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Bryan Sullivan is a Mechanical Engineer who worked for Dow Canada for over 25 years in various capacities at the Fort Saskatchewan site as well as special projects in the United States, the Middle East, Europe and other parts of Canada.

Bryan’s career also led him to his passion for managing and recycling plastics. He is one of the founding facilitators of APRA and has been a board member since the mid-90s. He retired from Dow in 2008 and lives on a small farm near Gibbons, Alberta.

Barry Friesen

Barry Friesen, P.Eng.

CleanFARMS

Director
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Barry Friesen is General Manager of Cleanfarms Inc., an industry stewardship company responsible for managing the collection, recycling and safe disposal of non-organic agricultural waste across Canada. A professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the waste-resource management business, in addition to serving as Board member with APRA since 1984, Barry currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council.

He is a past chair of the Board of the Compost Council of Canada, past Board member of the Recycling Council of Ontario, past Chair of the National Task Force on Packaging and past Board member of his local Rotary Club. In his spare time, Barry volunteers with his local Rotary Club which hosts a variety of events including the annual Etobicoke “Ribfest” which attracts over 100,000 attendees. He manages waste at the event and targeting zero waste, has been able to divert over 75% of waste from disposal.

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 11 years of experience in the waste management field. 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 is active in Alberta Coordinated Action for Recycling Enterprises (CARE) as chairman and a board member with the Northern Lights Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Tom has served on the APRA Board since 2019.