Electronic recycling has been on the rise for a number of years.¬† As the products become obsolete they are finding their way to the local landfill at a quicker rate.¬† The Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) will be accessing $43 million over the next two years from the Alberta government in a pilot plan to¬†recycle up to 24,600 tonnes of electronics products that were not accepted previously in the program. This could potentially lead to 360 full-time jobs in the recycling sector that will come from electronics collection and transportation.¬† There will also be more jobs from the processing and manufacturing the recycled material into new goods
Through these additional funds, municipalities that do not receive compensation to manage electronics that are outside ARMA‚Äôs existing program will now get money for their efforts.
Al Kemmere, president, Rural Municipalities of Alberta says, ‚ÄúMunicipalities play an important role in enabling and supporting recycling programs across Alberta. The electronics recycling pilot project will enable Albertans to continue to be good environmental stewards and is responsive to ongoing requests to effectively recycle more products. Municipalities look forward to playing a continued role in this pilot project and the long-term objective to permanently expand our electronics recycle program.‚ÄĚ¬†
Audiovisual equipment, telecom, cell phone and wireless devices, electronic gaming equipment, small home appliances, portable power tools, toys, musical instruments, and solar panels are some of the new items that will be included in the program. Hi-Tech Recyclers and eCycle,¬† are a couple of companies that welcome this new venture and want to see it succeed in the future.¬† Strathmore’s recycling facility has taken electronics for a number of years along with many other recyclables.¬† they have been operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.¬† This expanded program could divert up to an additional 12,300 tonnes from the landfills each year which is the equivalent weight of 8,785 average cars.