The government of Alberta has asked the Alberta Recycling Management Authority (ARMA) to proceed with a two-year, $43-million electronics recycling pilot project that will expand the scope of products collected, diverting up to 24,600 tonnes of additional material.
ARMA operates Alberta’s electronics recycling program, accepting display devices, desktop computers, portable computers, computer peripherals, desktop printers, desktop and portable scanners, fax machines, floor-standing photocopiers and multi-function devices.
The pilot project will expand the electronics recycling program to include audio visual equipment, telecom, cell phone and wireless devices, electronic gaming equipment, small home appliances, portable power tools, toys, musical instruments and solar panels.
Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon said an expanded electronics recycling program could inject another $30 million annually into Alberta’s economy and support 360 new full-time jobs.
Funding for the pilot project will come out of ARMA’s surplus. Municipalities will be compensated for collecting the additional electronics included in the recycling expansion.
ARMA will conduct community and stakeholder engagement prior to launching the two-year pilot project.