It’s Waste Reduction Week Alberta! For the province’s regulated recycling programs – there’s nothing they like more than trash talk.
In Alberta, we have regulated recycling programs for paint, some electronics, tires, used oil materials, and beverage containers.
Recycling is vital to environmental health now and in the future. Did you know that:
- One litre of used oil can contaminate one million litres of water. In 2014, over 99 million litres of used oil was recovered.
- Albertans have recycled close to seven million units of computer equipment and televisions since the electronics program began, keeping hazardous materials such as lead, mercury or cadmium found in circuit boards or cathode ray tubes out of the landfills.
- Tires don’t break down in landfills, taking up space and collecting water, which can be a breeding ground for disease carrying insects. The equivalent of 95 million car tires has been recycled since the program began in 1992.
- Albertans purchase more than 30 million litres of paint, stain and related products each year. On average between 5 and 10 per cent of this paint goes unused.
- Albertans returned almost 2.1 billion beverage containers for reuse and recycling to bottle depots in 2014, for a recovery rate of 83.3%. This resulted in more than 129,200 tonnes of material being diverted from Alberta landfills.
This is not even close to all the things that are accomplished by our province’s regulated recycling programs!
Voluntary recycling programs are also keeping waste out of landfills in Alberta.
Nearly 96 per cent of materials in a cell phone are recyclable, but only 12 per cent of devices in Canada actually get recycled. The Recycle My Cell program has 450 free collection sites across the province to help Albertans conveniently recycle their unwanted devices in an environmentally responsible manner. There’s even a free mail-in option if you don’t want to go to a collection site.
Call2Recycle is a voluntary recycling program for all single use and rechargeable batteries (that weigh five kilograms or less). To learn more about the program or find the collection point nearest to you, check out their website at http://www.call2recycle.ca/.
Let’s make an effort to make every week Waste Reduction Week in Alberta…after all, our resources are just Too Good to Waste!