Alberta’s Environment Minister Looks to Expand Electronics Recycling Program

Connector Spring 2019

Alberta’s new environment minister is considering expanding the mandatory electronics recycling program.

Jason Nixon says he is asking to be briefed on a file that past Alberta governments have been negligent on for the past 15 years.

“Recycling benefits all Albertans and this government is committed to protecting our environment and reducing the amount of waste sent to the province’s landfills. We’re always looking for ways to improve our recycling efforts and are looking forward to working with stakeholders in the most fiscally responsible and innovative way possible,” said Nixon.

According to Alberta Recycling’s 2018 Progress Report, 75 per cent of Albertans are in favour of expanding the electronics program to include other electronic devices, including microwave ovens, toasters, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers and power tools.

British Columbia is now at Phase 5. In other words, every electronic device that can be plugged in or uses batteries is kept out of landfill sites, and the plastic, metals and glass are reused to make other items.

Source: Calgary Herald